ALBUM REVIEW: Jungle Rot – Jungle Rot

Release Date: July 20th 2018
Label: Victory Records


Death metal ranges from the extreme absurds of blast beats and howling guttural screams that make it one of the most challenging genres to master. Despite this, it has long been around on the underground since punk and hardcore first began to make their first riotous impacts on the music scene.

In step Jungle Rot, who formed back in 1992 and have undergone numerous line-up changes, with vocalist/guitarist Dave Matrise being the only original member of the band. Their freshly released self-titled album is their tenth release to date, and shows that the band has no intention of stopping their brutal assault on the music world.

‘Send Forth Oblivion’ starts off the album with a straight launch into heavy, fast guitars and riotous utterances of death and mayhem. Interweaved with changing sections of open guitars and some fast blast beats, it certainly delivers an initial powerful punch any listener.

Later track ‘Triggered’ is almost a homage to the hardcore punk chants declaring outright societal violence against injustice and unfairness in the system. It swings and bounds with with a rhythmic and demonic groove to match the tone of the vocals throughout the song.

‘Pumped Full Of Lead’ gives a very dramatic tone from the start, using a mixture of thrash guitars and drums straight into a rhythmic utterance of vocals. The interplay of the two provides a change up in styles and a break in the album which is almost a full assault on the ears.

‘Terrible Certainty’ finishes the album with the same impact that it began with; a straight onslaught into ferocity and darkness, surrounded by wailing guitar solos and crunching drums to display the savagery of the vocals.

Jungle Rot certainly reflects the initial straight forwardness of the genre, sticking to thrash and almost american hardcore stylings. There are constant flurries of speed and utterances of death metal, but they never quite hit the mark of devastation usual expected by bands in this genre. At times it feels more like a marching band of soldiers rather than a full on brutal metal experience, and this is then banded together with open chords and very linear monochromatic vocals that don’t really stand out as anything spectacular.