In a time when the trend is to create
technically challenging music, simplicity is refreshing. And in the case of
metal, it’s amazing how keeping something simple is endlessly appealing.
Old-school death metal has always been about its aggressive yet modest nature. American old-school death metal act Jungle Rot’s latest album ‘Order Shall
Prevail’ is about that lost-out, soulful aggression in metal, all while
keeping it relatively simple.
Matrise on vocals/guitar, Joey Muha
on drums, James Genenz on the bass
and Geoff Bub on lead guitar.
The album opens with the crushing
tracks “Doomsday” that instantly leaves you in the mood
for wanting more and more of those haunting old-school death metal riffs and
extreme drumming. There is no turning back from here. Moshing forward, tracks
like “Paralysed Prey”, “Blood Revenge” and the title track are
nothing short of an assault to the senses. Talking about the title track, “Order Shall Prevail” is a mix of
old-school absolutism with a contemporary perspective. The song is a work of
sheer skill. The amazing work on the drums will leave one starstruck. The urge
to mindlessly headbang is strong here!
The album is also made special by
the song “Fight Where You Stand” which
features Max Cavalera (Soulfly,
Sepultura, Nailbomb) on vocals. It’s a song that is composed of the fire
which ignites a sense of patriotism in anyone. The song “Nuclear Superiority” is a fine ending to an album which seems to
be in constant overdrive at top speed. The fine work on the lead guitars and
drums will certainly leave you smiling in fascination.
The blend of old-school death metal riffs
combined with an aggressive rhythm section on the bass and drums, all topped by
ear-crushing growls result a wonderful album. Although, one may argue about the
band’s lack of technical composition in the music is odd and loses out where
other death metal bands make a mark. The inclination towards old-school musical
techniques relying purely on aggressive playing does make the music sound a little
predictable here. Maybe that is what some fans of such a genre look for. There
seems to be a connection in the music despite the lack of mindless multifaceted
the guitar solos. One would notice the variance in the music and its
contemporary tastes in the guitar solos in the midst of the hard orthodox
rhythm sections. The music certainly makes you want to get your mosh boots on! Come
in with the expectation of the best of traditional death metal arrangements.
The 90’s have come calling (or growling)!
C Roshan Machayya