This band is from my hometown and I have never heard them in the ten plus years of their existence. I just thought that with a name like JUNGLE ROT, I would get nothing but bottom of the barrel typical Gore Metal with repulsive lyrics that do nothing and the music is performed a million miles an hour. I am happy to report that I am wrong on all accounts.
Yes, the band is heavy, but there are plenty of low-end grooves to make the songs catchy and listenable. While the music isn’t exactly performed at break neck speed, there is a rhythm and the pacing is just right. It’s in the mid tempo range, but the brutality is all there. I am also happy to see that they song titles don’t have anything to do with gore. Thank God! Songs like “Face Down” and “Let Them Die” are pretty simple in terms of beats, but the drums are full of thunder and the guitars have plenty of riffage. You may get some double bass drumming as is the case with “Gasping For Air”, but they don’t distort their sound.
The music here is consistent. The songs are short and to the point, but do have the capability to punish your ears. At 30 minutes, this is perfect. The band knows that the average listener can’t take this genre for more than that, so kudos on that part. If you think that just because you have rhythm and mid pacing in Death Metal that it’s going to water the band and sound down, then you need to take a listen. (Online August 12, 2004)