In 2000, the group recorded its first 4-track demo CD entitled Colder as Cold , which was met with very good reactions. In July 2001, the band began recording their second demo CD, Way of Weakness . In 2003, the band entered Desert Inn Studios in Edingen, to record their debut album, Paralyzed by Fear . After the album release in October 2003, the band decided to add a second vocalist to its ranks with the intention of delivering a better live performance. The band concentrated on the songwriting for the new album Cold Constructed . The album had the impact of an atom bomb. The metal press went raving mad. Lay Down Rotten played as many shows as possible in order to promote the album properly, while constantly working on new material.
In November 2005, the band completed the Breeding Insanity album. The cover artwork was done by Bjorn for Killustrations. The album brought Lay Down Rotten to the forefront of German death metal, opening entirely new doors for the band, one of them being the signing of a deal with Metal Blades Records, one of the most renowned labels in the metal world.
In June 2007, the band recorded their Metal Blade debut Reconquering the Pit. After the November 2007 release, Lay Down Rotten played around 100 shows across Europe, including various festivals such as Summer Breeze Open Air, Fuck the Commerce, Party San, Neurotic Death Fest, Way of Darkness, etc., a tour with Hatesphere and Dismember, and a second tour with Neaera and Legion of the Damned, among others.
In December 2008, the band recorded the bonecrushing Gospel of the Wretched , which was mixed and mastered by scene icon Dan Swano. The reviews for the record turned out great. A successful tour with German Death Metal veterans Disbelief was done as well. By the end of the year Lay Down Rotten shared stages with all the big names of the genre and almost all of their personal heroes. They managed to establish their name both inside and outside their home country.
Lay Down Rotten started to write new songs right away, taking advantage of the fresh air their new band member brought into their rehearsal room. In September 2011 they entered Desert-Inn Studio and nailed down their new record Mask of Malice . Be prepared for a heave Death Metal storm!
Death - Chain
A Darker Shade Of Hatred
Mask Of Malice
...And Out Come The Wolves
Swallow The Bitterness
The Devil Grins
La Serpenta Canta