Jungle Rot - _Slaughter the Weak_
by: Aaron McKay (
No shittin', I'm becoming an increasingly bigger fan of Pavement music. This label, as most of you are already aware, boasts some of the undisputed best in metal, like Malevolent Creation, Vader (hell, yea!) and Forbidden. Well, sons of bitches, add Jungle Rot to that list of bands extraordinaire. I -had- given JR an 8.5 out of 10, but fuck that! These guys are intense! Their music leaves little doubt of the firm grasp that the band holds on what their fans are looking for and certainly what it takes to acquire new ones. Dave Matrise, JR's menacing lead singer / guitarist, has a succinct death rasp vocal style that adds a dimension to the delivery of each song's free-flowing carnage. Rob Panoola (drums), Jim Bell (guitar / backing vocals), and Mike Legros (bass) finalize the line-up to move this fervent force forward. Not a lot of exhibition or showcasing of individual members here that often pervades groups of this genre, just chunky, killer riffing death metal. JR is dictionary indicative of the word "heavy" with all the musical precision of the atomic clock. Pavement has Jungle Rot as the probable opening act for Malevolent Creation on an upcoming tour beginning early February. Snow or no snow, this writer is at -any- show in the Midwest anywhere. Period.
(article published 1/16/1999)
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