2015 Jungle Rot interview with Dave Matrise
Wisconsin death metal merchants, Jungle Rot, unleashed their eighth studio album, Order Shall Prevail, on the eve of the band’s first Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival appearance. The Kenosha-based quartet was founded in 1994 by vocalist and guitarist Dave Matrise who was joined by bassist James Genenz, guitarist Geoff Bub in 2006. Threat Signal drummer Joey Muha, joined for the new record. The band’s debut album, Slaughter of the Weak was released in 1997.
Last year Jungle Rot celebrated its 20th anniversary, and this year marks the beginning of its third decade. Metalholic and Metal Nation Radio sat down with frontman Dave Matrise prior to the band’s Day 5, Boise, Idaho performance. Dave talked about the Mayhem tour, the new record, why he no longer writes the band’s lyrics, and how Max Cavalera came to cameo on Order Shall Prevail.
Order Shall Prevail picks up where 2013’s Terror Regime left off. As Matrise offers, the band is not looking to break new ground with its sound:
“The new record is what it is, man. We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel. All the fans of Jungle Rot know what to expect when they get it. I like to call it old school death groove with an attitude. That’s how I like to see it. Very soul-taking vocals. I mean it’s what we do at our best. We just bring it and throw it down your throat. We stick to the formula that works.”
Dave believes the band has found its stride over the last few albums and the band is on an upward trajectory. He feels the band has found a groove with how it writes each record:
“When it comes down to the writing I will basically lock myself away for three months at a time in my bedroom. I get together with Geoff Bub and I start working through the Pro-tools and he adds all the drums to it and arranging it, and then we bring Jimmy in and he’ll write the lyrics and name the songs. Everyone has a job and it just comes together.”
“I still can’t believe that happened, man. That’s one of my highest honors in my career. I mean growing up on Sepultura, and being a fan. Max had a big influence on me starting out. The story to that is we did the 70 Tons–that cruise last January. We did that show and I’m breaking down my stuff and somebody taps on my shoulder and lo and behold it’s Gloria, his wife. And she goes ‘Can Max meet you?’ I’m like what are you talking about? And there he was, right there. We started talking and we hit it off, and I knew he liked the band, but the first thing he said to me was, ‘You’re the only band I wanted to see.’ So that really felt a lot. We hung out for an hour or so and started talking, and Jimmy and I threw it up; How about guest vocals, blah, blah, blah. And he had that look in his face where he was just dead serious, and I could see he meant it. It was true. He said, ‘yeah, yeah get ahold of me,’ and we just pursued it. It happened, man. A dream came true.”
Jungle Rot’s Day 5, 25-minute set included two tracks, “Doomsday” and “Paralyzed Prey”, from the new record, as well as “Voice Your Disgust” and the title track from the Terror Regime album. Catch Jungle Rot on Mayhem Fest 2015 and pick up your copy of Order Shall Prevail.
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