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War Zone

Jungle Rot

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Album Review

Jungle Rot won't go down in history as the most original or innovative band in the world, but those who fancy American-style, thrash-minded, non-Scandinavian death metal with a late '80s/early '90s mindset can appreciate the fact that they generally provide solid, if predictable, albums, and Warzone is no exception. This 2006 release doesn't break any new ground for Jungle Rot (not that any longtime fans expected it to), but the Midwestern combo continues to sound enjoyably focused 11 years after its formation. And that is admirable, considering all the personnel changes that Jungle Rot has had along the way. On Warzone, lead singer/founder/guitarist Dave Matrise is the only remaining original member; bassist James Genenz, guitarist Geoff Bub, and drummer Neil Zacharek are more recent arrivals. Regardless, Jungle Rot still sounds like Jungle Rot, and that means having an unwavering devotion to the Los Angeles-based Slayer as well as Death and other Florida death metal outfits that emerged in the late '80s and early '90s. It also means that Matrise remains one of death metal's more understandable growlers; on Warzone, one can generally understand the dark, morbid lyrics coming out of Matrise's mouth without consulting the lyric sheet. A frequent complaint about death metal (as well as black metal) is that so many of the vocalists are not understandable, but Matrise has a deep, guttural, demonic-sounding growl that does not render the lyrics indecipherable. Warzone is unlikely to win over anyone who heard previous Jungle Rot albums and wasn't converted, but die-hard fans of their made-in-the-USA approach to death metal will find this 31-minute disc to be a worthwhile (although brief) addition to their catalog.

Customer Reviews


I was at a Hatebreed show in Bayview, Queens back in '98 and Jamie gave a "shout out” to Jungle Rot saying (in a convincing tone) guys you got to check out this band they are off the hook. This was a "hardcore show" and New York Hard Core fans are a tough to convince; nevertheless, he got though to me when he said, and I’ll never forget this, “they’re like us…with longer hair” First record is SICK

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This album is a must have if you are a real death metal fan.

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Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Formed in 1995, Chicago's Jungle Rot is a living anachronism in the new millennium thanks to their retro-death rock style. Steeped in the relatively straightforward, yet viciously corrosive grooves perpetrated by early- '90s bands like Sodom, Unleashed, and Bolt Thrower, the group issued their "Skin the Living" demo in 1995, but only made their official debut with 1998's Slaughter the Weak album, on Pavement Music. Extensive touring ensued and Olympic Recordings signed the quartet — featuring...
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