Thursday, June 30, 2011

JUNGLE ROT - Kill on Command CD review

JUNGLE ROT - Kill on Command CD
Victory Records
Genre: Death Metal
Rating: 3/5

Well what do you know, persistence does pay off especially in the case of Kenosha, Wisconsin's longtime death metal heroes. For those of you who don't know, and most of you don't, JUNGLE ROT started out back in the mid nineties. They've been playing death metal long before people started calling it old school death metal. Hell they were playing death metal when most of their new label mates were still sucking on their mommies nipple. Here's something else to remember, when their DM peers were regrouping and putting out comeback releases JUNGLE ROT were simply going through the motions putting out stuff on a semi-regular basis. So why are they not up there in everyone's top USDM band listings? Who knows? They've done their fair share of label jumping. Their last one, 2009's What Horrors Await, was out on Napalm of all places. I kinda thought that being on Napalm would propel them into everyone's death metal consciousness.

Yeah well that didn't work so here we are a few years later and a new label albeit not any label. Sure I know Chicago's Victory Records is not the home of anything I'd call extreme metal but finally this criminally underrated USDM band has found themselves in a decent position. I wouldn't call Kill on Command their greatest achievement but it's consistent. Most of the ten cuts on it are standard fair but since it's standard old school sounding, as opposed to metalcore or copycat new jackasses, then that's fine by me. The only grips I have with this one would be overly long (at least for them) opener "Their Finest Hour". Cool track but in the wrong order of the release. The worst cut on here is "Rise Up and Revolt" which is also being pushed as a single and there's supposedly a video. Other than those two things this is a decent release since cuts like "Demoralized", "I Predict a Riot" and "No Mercy" (from the Merciless) are simply great fuckin OSDM songs. Hopefully this will not fall on deaf ears.



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