For a band celebrating 25 years, Jungle Rot is just hitting their prime with the release of their eponymous brainchild. "Old-school groove with attitude needed its boundaries pushed," states front-man/guitarist Dave Matrise. Once again helping the band blaze new creative territory was producer Chris Djuricic. "We worked with Chris again because we knew with this record he'd make us go beyond what we delivered with 2015's Order Shall Prevail."
The album blasts off with "Send Forth Oblivion," an equivalent to stainless steel medical devices in your eardrum. Destruction's Schmier lends his shrieking throat on "Fearmonger," as Matrise lays down a counter-guttural growl lower than Dante's Gate of Hell. "Glory For The Fallen" shows bassist James Genenz pounding away at his woofer as he explains the track was written for his close friend Jeff who was murdered last year. "I definitely needed to put something on the album for my fallen brother, and another track directed at the cowardly scumbag who took his young life, which is ‘Pumped Full Of Lead.' I've had a lot of pain to write with, so that is my message - life is pain." Jungle Rot closes out the album with their take of Kreator's 1987 classic "Terrible Certainty."
When asked about the difference between the self-titled album and 2015's Order Shall Prevail, Matrise explains, "the most change to me is the drumming. We had longtime contributor Jesse Beahler back holding down the throne and it's always a surprise working with him. I feel this is Jesse's best effort yet. We also had Dan Swano (known for his work with Marduk, Nasum and Nightingale) handle the mixing and mastering on this new release. This was the first time we sent our music to be mixed by someone else other than Chris and myself. It was good to have a new fresh pair of ears for it."