With a local history spanning many years, the ultra-violent, super-pissed combo known as Rampant Decay have been gnashing their teeth and sharpening their collective steel for this moment: the time to unleash their own unique brand of blackened hardcore crust-metal upon the world.
Fronted by the maniac hellmouth known as Rich Horror, Rampant Decay actually formed from the ashes of Rich’s previous band, the semi-self monikered It Will End In Pure Horror, which was a far more power-violent proposition.
Starting from the natural beginning, Rich gives the skinny: “Yes, It Will End In Pure Horror had gone through another lineup change… or to be more accurate, I was the only one left. What I’d consider the real lineup had disbanded due to real life creeping up on them, and the lineup after disintegrated due to half the band getting too deep into a drug habit and the other half being too creeped out by the half that was on drugs. Fortunately by then I’d already been talking to Pat Mahoney [Rampant Decay guitarist] about doing a side project that was supposed to be Sextrash [ex-Sarcofogo] meets 80’s Boston hardcore. On top of that, my next door neighbor at the time was RD’s original drummer, Skater Jon. He actually stopped me as I was moving out and said he heard I was looking for a drummer. I’d say about a week later our original bassist, Ninkaszi, asked me about playing bass for this ‘hardcore band’ he heard about, so a lineup was born. We were originally going to just keep the IWEIPH name but after deciding that we didn’t want to do any of the old songs, Pat came up with the name Rampant Decay and that was that.”
“It’s definitely two different worlds,” continues Rich on the conceptual and musical differences between the two acts. “The way I usually put it is that Rampant Decay is MMA, and IWEIPH is pro wrestling. When I joined IWEIPH, the drummer and I were the only ones that had been playing music for any considerable amount of time, but he got kicked out not long after when he lost his virginity at the tender age of thirty-one. So with that in place, the live show tended to be the focus more than anything, with all of us getting real drunk and real ‘pilled up;’ going completely insane every time. With RD, every new song we wrote blew me away to where I couldn’t actually believe this was the band I was in, to be honest. IWEIPH mostly had a lot of songs about zombies and junkies and in-jokes, RD has a lot of more important-to-me lyrical content.”
Rich and his band are no strangers to violence; indeed, it seems to follow them everywhere they go, at every live venue.
“The exciting thing these days is that this feels like a brand new band,” admits Rich. “As a bass player yourself, you know how a new drummer can change everything. Also, I feel like Pat has become a lot more comfortable playing and throwing in some backup vocals here and there. I feel like we’ve just hit the perfect combination of intense rage and hatred with a few off-color remarks here and there from me to reel the crowd in before we bash them in their stupid face with the riffs again. The band’s general attitude has always been the Flipper anti-everything aesthetic, complemented by about thirty gallons of beer. Being such a miserable as$hole, I’ll never run out of material because every day there’s a new person I wish was dead.”
“There isn’t an amount that exists that properly illustrates how much more seriously I take RD. If IWEIPH ever had a general theme it’d be “hahaha, this is seriously the worst band ever”. The music was super simple and most of the people playing it were novice at best so it became more about choking myself with the mic cord and bashing my face into the floor. RD comes from a place of much more pure, raw intensity and rage. IWEIPH was a booze-drenched, pill-fueled party, basically. With RD it’s more of a cathartic thing, with me accidentally punching people that got too close to me in the head.”
When it comes to musical inspiration and influence, Rampant Decay is all over the map, in the best way possible. From old school heavy metal, hardcore rock ‘n roll, black metal and crust, everything is amalgamated into the band’s relentless unique mix, never sounding clichéd or heisted.
Rich is suitably enthused. “We’re just rock/metal/punk nerds, especially the current incarnation. Finding Pat Singleton and getting him on drums really brought that to the forefront more than ever before, really. In our spare time we spend a good amount of time hanging out around someone’s record player, drinking too much and listening to everything from garage rock and NWOBHM and everything in between. We saw from the start that we were never going to fit into anyone’s scene so there was never even an effort to gear our sound towards any one style. Basically a throwing everything at the wall and seeing what sticks approach.”
“For the music,” he continues, “all credit has to go to Pat. Our very first practice he came in with “Die By My Steel” and we were all floored from the opening riff. From the beginning, Pat had a rock & roll edge to all of his stuff. Every time he played a riff with his amp turned off it sounded like rock & roll to me. The beauty of course was then he’d turn his amp on it’d be the heaviest thing I’ve ever heard. Ninkaszi had more of an Agnostic Front/Integrity vibe to what he brought to the table. We definitely still have that vibe, but with Pat at the helm a lot more influences started showing up. Ninkaszi was responsible for about half the songs on the debut as well. In the beginning, I think there was some competition between the two as to whose song got to be the one we worked on first, and competition is good. Currently with Pat being the only songwriter in the band, I think it’s allowed the field to be more wide open and a wider range of styles and influences to get incorporated. Everything from Motorhead to black metal to Zeke to oi.”
With Rampant Decay’s cruel sound gaining ground, and more notice being sent their way, Rich is anxious to burn the midnight oil promoting his band of miscreants, both on the road and on wax, both via rising local label Patac Records, as well as his own label venture, Obscenity Cult.
“Until we get a label that is interested in offering some tour support, I feel like one or two week treks per year is what our future holds,” reveals Rich on the band’s immediate touring plans. With the economy being what it is and gas prices being what they are, if you’re paying for everything yourself and doing a lot more than that you’re insane/retarded. If someone wanted to help out financially, then yes I’d love to be on the road all the time; hating every single person in the world one town at a time. As far as releases, our split 7″s with Insult and Sin Of Angels are going to be released by PATAC Records, as is our upcoming full-length. We also have a split 7″ with the Kruds from San Antonio, TX coming out in the coming year, being split-released by Obscenity Cult [my label with Gary from B!tchslicer], BuriedInHell Records, Riotous Outburst Records, Give Praise Records and the Kruds’ label, Blast-A-Lot. By the time I just typed that out five more labels probably hopped on board.”
“As far as Obscenity Cult,” he adds, “we just recently came back from the dead. We had a hiatus of a few years due to me being more or less homeless with no steady base of operations and Gary getting married and getting a brand new job. We just released the Blood Of The Gods [crusty death metal Bolt Thrower/Entombed worship] CD, and on our plate is a split 7″ with Knifethruhead and Casket Blaster as well as the next two volumes of our Extreme Audio Gangbang 7″ series. Dan from PATAC has been super supportive, though and the fact that he wants to put out our full-length on CD and vinyl alone is amazing to me. PATAC is growing by leaps and bounds and is starting to have a great “Confederacy Of Scum” family of scummy a$sholes vibe, and we’re proud to be a part of that. Of course if someone came along with a big check for us to tour forever I’d kill Dan and dispose of his body in a bathtub filled with lye in a seedy motel before the ink dried on the contract.”