Jungle Rot's Dave Matrise Skins the Terror of the Living

Going on almost 20 years now death metallers Jungle Rot who are now a part of the Victory Records family have got two different releases coming out their now eighth release called "Terror Regime" and a re-release of their 1996 demo "Skin The Living". Frontman vocalist and guitarist Dave Matrise talks about these releases and the touring these guys are determined to do throughout this year.

1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

Dave: My name is Dave M I'm lead vocalist and guitar band was established in 1994 we have 8 releases we've been fighting the fight for like 20 years have a new album coming out that's all I can say.

2. How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?

Dave: My style of music is soul taking, death groove, always been doing that since the start when I write music I image people who have never heard or seen us before and before you know it they're into us headbanging their heads, and in the pits it's that soul taking music. Influence for me was Kreator back in 1985 so right there was when I knew I wanted to do this.

3. How did you guys come up with your band name?

Dave: That came up from our drummer, Jungle Rot came from a history class back in high school so we heard it and we went with it. It's one of those names that once you hear it you know it.
4. What made you guys decide to form a band?

Dave: That would again be Kreator, Sodom, Destruction, really early on it started with those bands, I  got my first guitar and was on my way it all came natural.

5. How has it been being a part of the Victory Records family?

Dave: We love it, it's been the best thing to ever happen to us. There the real deal, staff is behind us all of the time, believing in us, the biggest thing is we're the only death metal act on there so we like that. Last few years have been the best of our lives.

6. Why did you want to go and re-release your 1996 album, Skin The Living?

Dave: That's something I always wanted to do. It was released as a demo and released on Jamey Jasta's label back in the day so I wanted to get it out there again so today people will see we've been here for a long time and see it's good shit!

7. This will be your 8th album to date, what runs through your mind?

Dave: It's great. I never thought I would even get the first one out but here we are and it's still going. I dreamt of it but never knew it would still be going Jungle Rot is who I am and a big part of what I enjoy doing. I live for the band.

8. How does this release differ and compare to your previous releases?

Dave: I think we're in the same ball park, but we did step it up a notch getting faster, heavier, our drummer Jesse can play anything we give him so we push the boundaries with everybody this time. I think the songs progressed stronger and faster mixing well with the old school ways and new ways we're happy with how it all turned out.

9. What are your expectations for the CD?

Dave: Just more tours. For the people who don't believe we're here we are here they will know we're here because of this one.

10. What can the fans expect to see from you in the future?

Dave: Just go on tour this April after our release in March so people have got to get that so they know it.
11. Anything else you'd like to say?

Dave: Buy the new CD and support because it goes a long way for us.

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