Jungle Rot - Fueled By Hate 2004 Olympic Recordings reviewed by: Grim Gaijin
1) Intro 2) Face Down 3) Let Them Die 4) Fractured 5) Gain Control 6) Gasping For Air 7) Low Life 8) Scars Of The Suffering 9) Symbols Of Hate 10) No Surrender 11) Habit Fulfilled 12) More Demon Souls
I'll admit that Jungle Rot's latest release, Fueled By Hate, is the first slab of metal that I have ever heard from these guys. To say the least, I'm not disappointed by any means. To be honest, I'm actually impressed that their creativity and originality have steered them away from that of the stereotypical death metal band; Ultra fast riffs, blast beats galore, and inaudible vocals. Instead, they go for a more mid-paced style of death metal, with groove laden death metal riffs and intelligent death growls that can be understood, even for the phonetically challenged.
Songs like Face Down, Gasping For Air, Low Life, Scars Of The Suffering & Symbols Of Hate remind me a lot of classic Slayer, but with evil New York Death Metal style breakdowns, and grotesque vocals courtesy of Dave Matrise. Probably the best way to describe their sound is if you mix Slayer & Dying Fetus with a hardcore frontman that has a cold.
With four releases in their pocket, Chicago-based Jungle Rot is a pummeling force in the metal community. With Fueled By Hate, they have proven that their relenting style of in-your-face death metal is just as brutal and devastating as their "blast beats" competitors. I highly recommend Fueled By Hate for fans of Slayer, Deathcore and even Hardcore, as their sound is one that which brings the many categories of extreme music fans together under one roof.
--Grim Gaijin 11.12.04
About this Writer: David Loveless // Dave's early introduction to Metal was listening to records by Black Sabbath and Kiss. Discovering Metallica's Master of Puppets on record at the local public library turned his world upside down. After spending nearly 24 years in Japan and expanding his love for the International underground metal scene, Dave (and family) now resides in the US. The savage brutality of Extreme Metal brings out the "Grim Gaijin" in him.
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