Jungle Rot – War Zone

junglerot_032707_warWisconsin’s Jungle Rot is another one of those bands that I probably shouldn’t like as much as I do, but we are all entitled to our little guilty pleasures. I honestly did not care much for their last album though, it just seemed kind of lame and even a bit half-assed to me when I heard it. Thankfully “War Zone” sounds much better to me, although it still doesn’t sound nearly as good as their older material did despite having a few older tracks re-recorded for it. I think my main complaint regarding the newer material is with the vocals. They just aren’t as old school or brutal sounding as they were on the older material. If you have never heard Jungle Rot before they play mid-paced, groove-laden and at times moshy death metal with lyrics mostly inspired by war. In fact, Jungle Rot have always reminded me of what Unleashed would probably sound like if they were from the Midwestern United States and obsessed with Vietnam instead of being from Sweden and being obsessed with Vikings. If stop/start riffing bothers you then you had better steer clear of Jungle Rot because you will surely hate them. If short songs of heavy, catchy death metal that aren’t super fast or overly technical appeal to you then you should check these guys out because they are pretty good at what they do. – Lance Rogers

~ by martyworm on January 3, 2009.

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