Jungle Rot brings its Terror Regime to Blind Bob’s
Death metal is a subgenre of music that has withstood the tests of time. It seems no matter what trends in metal come and go (black metal, deathcore, etc.), death metal remains in all its unmistakable ugliness and brutality. You know it when you hear it – the stomach churning downstroked guitars, bowel-bludgeoning bass, double kick drum driven beats and, of course, vocals that sound like the singer got his tonsils stuck in a salad shooter. While death metal has progressed over its three decades of decadence, it still remains overall like the first time you heard it. If there was ever a time when the phrase “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” was appropriate, it definitely applies to the genre of death metal, and longtime metalheads wouldn’t have it any other way.
Kenosha, Wisconsin’s Jungle Rot is one of the foremost practitioners of American death metal, and has been steamrolling over audiences since the mid-1990s. Jungle Rot is nearly two decades into its career and seems to be just getting started. In 2011, the band signed to Victory Records to release their best album to date, Kill on Command, and subsequently toured with a who’s who list of death metal icons such as Deicide, Obituary, Entombed, Vader and Broken Hope, among many others. This year saw the release of the band’s eighth studio album, Terror Regime, in which the band once again makes a case for themselves as one of the top tier artists of contemporary death metal. Clocking in at just 34 minutes in length, Terror Regime hits you in square the jugular with a no-frills, straight-to-the-point death metal attack. Simple-but-effective machine gun metal riffs rattle off over charging bass lines and speedy, stompy, thrash metal-styled drums along with the throaty, but shockingly discernable, vocal bark of longtime frontman Dave Matrise, this is how death metal should be done – relentless, fast and in your face. This Thursday night, Jungle Rot is prepared to destroy eardrums at Blind Bob’s in Dayton, and in preparation I talked with Jungle Rot’s lead axeman Geoff Bub about all things Jungle Rot, and he had some interesting things to say. Let the “Terror Regime” begin …
You cut your teeth in the ’90s Milwaukee metal scene. How did that give you guys a leg up on developing Jungle Rot into one of the hottest death metal bands in America?
Milwaukee had a very different scene in those days; it also had the largest metal festival in the nation at that time. Milwaukee Metal Fest was the perfect opportunity for Jungle Rot to showcase themselves to large groups of people from all over the world. I think when you spread your music that far, early in a band’s existence, it creates a great environment to grow the way a band should. -Geoff Bub
Why is death metal the right musical vehicle for your art?
I often think about why metal grabs me the way it does. I dabble in piano and have always loved hearing and playing Chopin because of how powerful and moving his music can be. For me, metal is even more soul-taking while easier to create, and a lot more fun. We have a heavy but very clean sound, an old school vibe, yet fresh somehow. Our music is easy to bob your head to because it’s straight forward, but memorable. Our lyrics speak of corrupted, warmongering governments – it’s brutal, and so is our sound. Lately our leaders have given us plenty of ammunition for lyrics. Jimmy focuses on the worst, and I think he hits it dead on. -GB
Describe for me what the Jungle Rot live experience is like.
Playing live is what it’s all about! Last August we played the Brutal Assault Festival out of Prague and the PA system was so good it sounded like the CD while we played! We play them as we wrote them. It’s headbanging, fist-pumping metal. -GB
Tell me about your new album Terror Regime. How do you feel about it compared to the rest of Jungle Rot’s catalog?
Terror Regime for me is one of the best albums yet. We spent more time on preproduction with this album and I think it shows. -GB
Do you have any specific goals or aspirations for the band?
We just want to be able to continue and grow. I’d love to see us reaching places we haven’t yet – South America, Japan, Australia. -GB
Anything else you’d like to say to our readers about why they should come see your show at Blind Bob’s on Oct. 10?
Come to the show if heavy metal is your thing. Even if you like mainstream metal – Disturbed, Pantera, Metallica – and underground death metal isn’t really your thing, come out and have a good time, support the venues that pave the way for bands like that to grow so big. I had to text Dave and ask the last time we have been to Dayton – we believe ’98, so it’s been a long time coming. Hope to see you there! -GB
Jungle Rot will perform Thursday, Oct. 10 at Blind Bob’s, 430 E. Fifth St. Eviscerated Zombie Tampon, By Way of Sunstorm, Fetus Omelet and This Body Hangs Silent are also on the bill. Admission is $12 at the door, $10 with a show flyer (one flyer per person) for patrons 21 and up. Doors open at 8, music begins at 8:30. Fore more information, please visit jungle-rot.com.
Reach DCP freelance writer Gary Spencer at GarySpencer@DaytonCityPaper.com.