A friend of mine turned me onto JUNGLE ROT about five years ago and I instantly loved what I heard. That record was Terror Regime and it made a surefire fan out of yours truly. 2015’s Order Shall Prevail was also one that I loved from the get-go, so believe me when I tell you I couldn’t wait for new music from them. Well, wait no more because the brand new self-titled album is out now on Victory Records and, to put it bluntly, I think it’s their best work yet. This is a band that has grown and evolved since the early Old School Death Metal days, and there’s quite a bit of Thrash Metal groove showing up in these tracks. This combination not only works, it works perfectly. The flow of these tunes is damn near perfect.
The one-two punch of “Send Forth Oblivion” and “Delusional Denial” will rip the roof off of whatever building you’re in as you listen, while “A Burning Cinder” has some of the meatiest, most attitude-filled riffing you’ll hear recorded this year. Or any year for that matter. That JUNGLE ROT stomp is alive and well on “Triggered” and live this one should fucking destroy, to put it as eloquently as only I can. The one and only Schmier from DESTRUCTION lends his considerable vocal talents to “Fearmonger” and not surprisingly it’s one of my favorites. I knew it was him without even looking at the tracklisting. You’ll love it too, I guarantee it!
And speaking once again of savage riffs, check out “Stay Dead.” Vocalist/guitarist Dave Matrise and fellow axeman Geoff Bub put it down something fierce, as does the solid-as-a-rock backbone of James Genenz on bass and longtime contributor Jesse Beahler handling drum duties. These guys never do too much or overplay. Instead they let the game come to them, which is why they’re such a great rhythm section. “Glory For the Fallen” is a fucking Class-A Grinder, pure and simple. This is another favorite on an album full of favorites, if that’s even possible.
Meanwhile “Pumped Full of Lead” sounds like an angry junkyard dog that hasn’t been fed in quite some time and is ready to sink his teeth into someone’s flesh. “Twisted Mind” finds Matrise spewing some of his most vicious vocals yet while the band swirls around him. A magnificently done cover of KREATOR’S “Terrible Certainty” closes the disc in fine fashion. They really aced this one! All told the new JUNGLE ROT record is a home run from start to finish. My son Mini-Amps loves it, too. I don’t know about the rest of you metalheads out there, but this one is going on my 2018 Albums of the Year list with a quickness!
STANDOUT TRACKS: ALL OF THEM