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Jungle Rot
Order Shall Prevail

Company: Inverse Records
Release: 2015
Genre: Death
Reviewer: Greg Watson

  • Unabashed, unflinching and uncompromising

  • Wisconsin purveyors of all things death metal, Jungle Rot, have returned with their ninth full length album "Order Shall Prevail". Wait, ninth album? That can't be right...let me check...yeah ninth album. "Order Shall Prevail" is just a blood-spattered, gore-smeared, all-out assault on the senses in the best way possible. The band has never really pulled any punches with their albums, filling them with ridiculous amounts of crazy, over the top, heavy riffs, meat-shredding guitar solos, vocals that would make Cookie Monster cry out in falsetto and lots and lots of groove. That M.O. continues on this album, with almost every song packing a plethora of riffs that will have you banging your head to the point of self-inflicted whiplash. Vocalist Dave Matrise has one of the most easily intelligible death metal voices out there but doesn't sacrifice any of the guttural gurgitations that we death metal fans are so fond of. His voice reminds me of a mix between Chris Barnes of Six Feet Under in their early days and Vader's Piotr Wiwczarek. The album offers up many, many delectable slabs of death metal but for me, there are two tracks that really gets my blood churning. "E.F.K." has the honor of being the album's shortest track but the length doesn't sacrifice the brutality and aggression that Jungle Rot are known for. This song is the equivalent of being caught right in the middle of a whirlwind of razors, swords and any other sharp, pointy weapons you'd like to imagine. The second track is "Fight Where You Stand" and for me, the album's bloody best song. Featuring guest vocals supplied by the Max Cavalera, "Fight" pulls together all the heaviness, speed and malevolence the band tries to convey. The production on the album is a bit crisper than on 2013's "Terror Regime" and has polished things up just a little more before the blood, guts and other bodily fluids summarily cover the album. Unabashed, unflinching and uncompromising, Jungle Rot deliver their best album to date in my opinion and one that death metal fans will tear into with unbounded enthusiasm.

    About this Writer:
    Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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    All reviews for Jungle Rot:
    Fueled By HateJungle Rot
    David Loveless11/12/2004
    Order Shall PrevailJungle Rot
    Greg Watson7/10/2015
    WarzoneJungle Rot

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