Jungle Rot

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Jungle Rot
Jungle Rot performing in Chula Vista, CA on Mayhem Fest 2015.jpg
Jungle Rot at the Mayhem Festival 2015 in Chula Vista, CA
Background information
OriginKenosha, Wisconsin, United States
GenresDeath metal
Years active1992–present
LabelsVictory, Napalm, Olympic Records, Season of Mist, Century Media, Crash Music, Inc, Pulverizer Records, S.O.D. Records, Pure Death Records
WebsiteOfficial Jungle Rot page
MembersDave Matrise
James Genenz
Geoff Bub
Spenser Syphers
Past membersJim Bell
Kevin Forsythe
Joey Lohr
Joe Carlino
Chris Djuricic
Brian Kuhn
Mike LeGros
Jim Garcia
Jim Harte
Rob Pandola
Neil Zacharek
Jerry Sturino
Eric House

Jungle Rot is an American death metal band from Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States, formed in 1992.


Jungle Rot was founded in 1991 as a side project by Jim Harte and Joe Thomas, members of the Illinois thrash metal act, Prisoner. The band's name refers to Jungle rot, an infection of the feet, which people developed in the jungle when their military boots got wet and were left on. The band recorded their first demo Rip Off Your Face, a fun offering of immature death metal heavily influenced by the likes of S.O.D. and Celtic Frost. Then, they acquired Kenosha-based guitarist Dave Matrise (Num Skull, Nocturnal, Fatal Violence) in 1993. It wasn't until 1994 when Matrise took over that the band got serious and started to take off. The band refined their style and released their second demo Skin The Living in 1995, which is the year Matrise acknowledges the band began.

After their first two demos, the band was signed to the American independent label Pure Death Records, owned at the time by Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed, where they released their first album, a repackaging of their second demo Skin the Living, in 1996. In late 1997, their second album, Slaughter the Weak was released on independent label Pulverizer Records.

The EP Darkness Foretold was released in 1998 by the small label S.O.D. Records, which was spearheaded by the creator of the underground music magazine Sounds of Death, and featured covers of Slayer's "Fight Til Death" and Carnivore's "Jesus Hitler". The initial pressing of Darkness Foretold came with a limited edition Jungle Rot Comic Book. The next two full-length studio albums, 2001's Dead And Buried and 2004's Fueled By Hate were released by Olympic Recordings in partnership with Century Media Records.

It wasn't until 2005 that the current core of Jungle Rot came together when Matrise enlisted the talents of Chicago native James Genenz (Fleshgrind, Avernus, Dead For Days, Reign Inferno, God Dementia) on bass guitar and Geoff Bub (Destiss, Putrid Dissentary) on guitar.[1] With songwriting duties now shared between the three members, and the bulk of the lyrics being forthwith written by Genenz, Matrise was now able to take his band to the next level.

Subsequent touring ensued with bands like Deicide, Goatwhore, Cattle Decapitation, Krisiun, The Black Dahlia Murder, 25 Ta Life, Hate Eternal, Incantation, and Vital Remains. In mid-2006, the band released the album Warzone on Crash Music. This recording marked the first album to feature the now current Jungle Rot core of Matrise, Genenz, and Bub. In 2008, they headlined a European tour with support from Warmaster, Downswitch, and Walking Corpse.

The band signed with Napalm Records[2] in January 2009 and released What Horrors Await in June 2009. A European tour with Six Feet Under followed shortly thereafter along with a headlining run across the United States. In April 2011, the band signed with Victory Records and released Kill on Command on June 21, 2011.[3] On March 19, 2013, Jungle Rot released their eighth album through Victory Records, titled Terror Regime. The band hit the road to support the album with metal luminaries such as Suffocation, Obituary, Broken Hope, Decrepit Birth, and more.

On April 14, 2015 it was announced that Jungle Rot would be playing the entirety of the 2015 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, performing on the Victory Records stage.[4][5]

In early 2015 the band played the prestigious 70000 Tons of Metal cruise, and announced via their social media that they were working on their ninth studio album, Order Shall Prevail, to be released later in the year on Victory Records. Pre-orders for the album were announced on May 26, along with the album's track listing, release date of June 30, and a stream for the single "Paralyzed Prey."[6] On May 27, 2015 it was revealed that Max Cavalera (Sepultura, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy) would be lending his vocals on the track "Fight Where You Stand".[7] On June 29 the official music video for the single "Paralyzed Prey" premiered on Vevo.[8]

On March 7, 2016 Jungle Rot released a video for the track "Doomsday" via Victory Records.[9] The band was also announced as part of the 2016 edition of the Metal Alliance Tour alongside Dying Fetus and The Acacia Strain.[10]

In the summer of 2017, Jungle Rot completed a successful US and Canada tour with legendary German thrash band Destruction, and California's Warbringer, and announced that they would be entering the studio in January 2018 to record their 10th studio album to be released in mid-2018. The as-of-yet untitled collection of songs is said to include; "Delusional Denial", "Glory For The Fallen", "Stay Dead", "Twisted Mind", "Fearmonger", "Pumped Full Of Lead", "A Burning Cinder", "Triggered", "Full Scale War" and "Send Forth Oblivion". It was also revealed that former drummer Jesse Beahler would perform the drums on this new album.[11][12]

On June 8, 2018, the band announced their self-titled tenth album will be released on July 20, 2018. Two singles were released in June 2018: "A Burning Cinder" and "Fearmonger", the latter featuring guest vocal contributions from Destruction frontman Schmier.[13]


Jungle Rot plays an aggressive style of thrash influenced death metal and are known to integrate slow stomp melodies into their speed-thrash style. Most of the lyrical subjects deal with war, torture, murder, death, and corruption.


Current members[edit]

  • Dave Matrise – vocals, guitars (1994–present)
  • James Genenz – bass (2005-present), guitars (2004-2005)
  • Geoff Bub – guitars (2005–present)
  • Spenser Syphers - drums (2019-present)

Former members[edit]

  • Joe Carlino – bass (1993–1994)
  • Brian Kuhn – bass (1994–1995)
  • Mike LeGros – bass (1999–2000)
  • Jim Garcia – drums (1999–2002)
  • Joe Thomas – vocals, guitars (1992–1994)
  • Chris "Wisco" Djuricic – bass (1995–1999, 2001–2003), guitars (2004)
  • Jim Harte – bass (1992–1997)
  • Jim Bell – guitars (1994–2000)
  • Rob Pandola – drums (1997–1998)
  • Kevin Forsythe – guitars (2000–2002)
  • Jerry Sturino – bass (2004–2005)
  • Eric House – drums (2004–2006 / 2008–2010)
  • Joey Lohr – guitars (2004–2005)
  • Neil Zacharek – drums (2006–2007)
  • Jesse Beahler – drums (2010–2013)

Touring musicians[edit]

  • Jason Adam Borton – drums (2016)
  • Remington Roberts – drums (2013–2016)
  • Parker Yowell – drums (2016)
  • Mike Miczek – drums (2014)
  • Shawn Johnson – drums (1999)
  • Tony Ochoa – drums (2010)
  • Andy Vehnekamp – drums (1999)
  • Joey Muha – drums (2015)
  • Scott Fuller – drums (2013)
  • Chris 'Wisco' Djuricic – guitars (2013)


Jungle Rot discography
Studio albums10
Live albums1
Music videos11

Studio albums[edit]

Demos and EPs[edit]


  • "Rise Up And Revolt" (2011, Victory Records)
  • "Paralyzed Prey" (2015, Victory Records)
  • "Fight Where You Stand" (feat. Max Cavalera) (2015, Victory Records)
  • "Speed Freak" [Hallows Eve cover] (2016, Victory Records)
  • "Fearmonger (feat. Schmier)" (2018, Victory Records)
  • "A Burning Cinder" (2018, Victory Records)


  • Live in Germany (2006, Crash Music, Inc.)

Music Videos[edit]

  • "Victims Of Violence" (2006, directed by Dave Paul)[14]
  • "Worst Case Scenario" (2010, directed by Jason Meudt & Emmett Austin)[15]
  • "Rise Up And Revolt" (2011, directed by Eric Richter)[16]
  • "Blood Ties" (2012, directed by Eric Richter)[17]
  • "Blind Devotion" (2013, directed by Eric Richter)[18]
  • "Terror Regime" (2013, directed by Eric Richter)[19]
  • "Carpet Bombing" (2013, directed by Eric Richter)[20]
  • "Utter Chaos" (2013, directed by Eric Richter)[21]
  • "Ruthless Omnipotence" (2013, directed by Eric Richter)[22]
  • "Paralyzed Prey" (2015, directed by Dustin Smith)[23]
  • "Doomsday" (2016, directed by Dustin Smith)[24]
  • "The Unstoppable" (2018, directed by Dustin Smith)[25]
  • "A Burning Cinder" (2018, directed by Dustin Smith)
  • "Send Forth Oblivion" (2018, directed by Dustin Smith)

Compilation Appearances[edit]

  • Darkness Foretold appeared on "Sampler #12" (CD, Pulverised Records / S.O.D. Magazine, 1998)
  • Fight Till Death (Slayer cover) appeared on "Straight to Hell: A Tribute to Slayer" (CD, Cleopatra/Deadline, 1999)
  • Left For Dead appeared on "Road Kill Vol. 2" (CD, Pavement Music, 1999)
  • Tomb Of Armenus appeared on "Deftone 2/99" (CD, Deftone Magazine, Feb 1999)
  • Darkness Foretold appeared on "The Morbid One" (CD, Morbid Records, 1999)
  • Humans Shall Pay appeared on "Fire on the Brain - Volume 1" (CD, Olympic, 2001)
  • Face Down appeared on "Metal for the Masses Vol. 3" (2×CD, Century Media Records, 2004)
  • Butchering Death appeared on "Dreaded Compilation Vol. Sicks" (Cassette tape, Copremesis Records)
  • Gorebag appeared on "Death Metal Legends" (CD, Pavement Music, 2008)


  1. ^ "Interview With Jungle Rot « Teeth of the Divine". Teethofthedivine.com. 2015-08-24. Retrieved 2016-08-10.
  2. ^ "Jungle Rot Signs To Napalm Records - in Metal News". Metal Underground. Retrieved 2016-08-10.
  3. ^ "Blabbermouth.Net – Jungle Rot Signs With Victory Records". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2012-06-11.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Mayhem Festival". Victory Records. Retrieved 2016-08-10.
  5. ^ "Watch Jungle Rot Get Hunted In "Paralyzed Prey" Video | Theprp.com – Metal And Hardcore News Plus Reviews And More". Theprp.com. 2016-05-31. Retrieved 2016-08-10.
  6. ^ "JUNGLE ROT Release Pre-Orders". Victory Records. Retrieved 2016-08-10.
  7. ^ "New Jungle Rot Album 'Order Shall Prevail' To Feature Guest Appearance By Max Cavalera". Blabbermouth.net. 2015-05-27. Retrieved 2016-08-10.
  8. ^ "JUNGLE ROT premiere Paralyzed Prey video". Lambgoat.com. 2015-06-29. Retrieved 2016-08-10.
  9. ^ "Jungle Rot: 'Doomsday' Video Released". Blabbermouth.net. 2016-03-08. Retrieved 2016-08-10.
  10. ^ "Dying Fetus, The Acacia Strain, Jungle Rot Set For Sixth Annual 'Metal Alliance Tour'". Blabbermouth.net. 2016-03-07. Retrieved 2016-08-10.
  11. ^ http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/jungle-rot-to-record-new-album-in-january
  12. ^ http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/destruction-to-tour-north-america-with-warbringer-jungle-rot
  13. ^ "JUNGLE ROT To Release Self-Titled Album In July; "Fearmonger" Track Featuring DESTRUCTION Frontman SCHMIER Streaming Now". Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. June 8, 2018. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  14. ^ "Jungle Rot - "Victims of Violence" / Directors Cut". YouTube. 2006-10-04. Retrieved 2016-08-10.
  15. ^ "JUNGLE ROT - Worst Case Scenario (Official)". YouTube. 2010-04-15. Retrieved 2016-08-10.
  16. ^ "Jungle Rot - Rise Up and Revolt". YouTube. 2011-10-02. Retrieved 2016-08-10.
  17. ^ "Jungle Rot - Blood Ties". YouTube. 2015-12-07. Retrieved 2016-08-10.
  18. ^ "Jungle Rot - Blind Devotion". YouTube. 2013-02-19. Retrieved 2016-08-10.
  19. ^ "Jungle Rot - Terror Regime". YouTube. 2013-03-31. Retrieved 2016-08-10.
  20. ^ "Jungle Rot - Carpet Bombing". YouTube. 2013-08-25. Retrieved 2016-08-10.
  21. ^ "Jungle Rot - Utter Chaos". YouTube. 2013-07-07. Retrieved 2016-08-10.
  22. ^ "Jungle Rot - Ruthless Omnipotence". YouTube. 2013-11-03. Retrieved 2016-08-10.
  23. ^ "Jungle Rot - Paralyzed Prey". YouTube. 2015-06-28. Retrieved 2016-08-10.
  24. ^ "Jungle Rot - Doomsday". YouTube. 2016-03-09. Retrieved 2016-08-10.
  25. ^ "Jungle Rot - The Unstoppable". YouTube. 2018-03-27. Retrieved 2016-08-10.

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