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jungle rot

Since their formation in 1994, Jungle Rot have had so many line up changes that Periphery threatened legal action to prevent further infringement on their gimmick. Despite seeing more changes in members than a Pornhub conference orgy, they are still going strong. They recently finished a UK tour, which I was lucky enough to catch at Bannermans Bar in Edinburgh, and now, to celebrate the release of their latest album Terror Regime, they have released a music video. It is short, but definitely not sweet.

Jungle Rot tend to focus on the more ‘old school’ aspects of death metal, following a thrashier approach than more modern death metal bands. They focus on riff rather than grooves or slams. I tend to call this stuff “90′s throwback” death metal. Pretty sure they would approve of that.

This song is fairly short, which works well as a teaser for the rest of the album. It’s hard hitting and ferocious, with lots of emphasis on the thrashy riffs. After a powerful opening riff, it descends into a driving chug. Due to the short nature of the song, there isn’t that much going on beyond the introductory phrase. A verse or two and then an explosion, really. The song confirms what many of us expected – the new album is more of the same, really. Whether that is a good thing or a bad thing is up to you.

The video, directed by Eric Richter, goes with a black and white feel.  He used old war clips, mostly of dropping napalm shells and soldiers firing rifles, to lay down the scene for the music video. I would assume that these clips are of the Vietnam War, as this is the war when the carpet bombing of forests with napalm was “popularised” in the military, if you could use such a word. There is, however, older footage of nuclear testing, as well as a clip from a modern AC – 130 bomber (as seen in the Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare mission “Death From Above”).  See, the history degree does have it’s uses in real life. In between these clips, we see snippets of the band playing in a room. This is in black and white too, but despite that, the video quality is very clear and it creates the perfect atmosphere for the song that Jungle Rot are pummeling through as we listen in. It works very well. The shortness of the song ensures that the video doesn’t seem tedious, stretched or poorly thought out. Worth checking out, right?