Jungle Rot’s Dave Matrise Says These Two Bands Are Keeping True Death Metal Alive
This week, we had the pleasure of talking to Jungle Rot‘s Dave Matrise about the band’s upcoming new album A Call to Arms while premiering the title track. During our chat with Dave, we asked him why he thought Jungle Rot had kept going while so many other bands had failed or burnt out.
“That’s a good question — I ask myself that every day! There’s still a lot of stuff I want to achieve, touring, playing some festivals here and there. I still enjoy playing music, writing with my guys, and getting out and playing live. I try not to make it too much of a hassle, and try to keep it fun and positive, and just keep going forward. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve sacrificed a lot in life to keep this going, but we enjoy it still.”
This led us to ask: let’s say we’re a young death metal band. We’re finally hitting our stride, and want to have Jungle Rot-level longevity. Did Dave have any advice for us?
Dave offered words of wisdom — and in the process, he also told us about two new bands keeping true death metal alive:
“Advice is always hard to give. But I think if you’ve got a good buzz going, you wanna try and ride it as hard as you can. You wanna try and tour as much as you can, because you wanna really keep it going. It’s hard, because there’s a lot of competition out there. But there’s always a couple of bands who break through. Frozen Soul, I really like. 200 Stab Wounds — a lot of these young death metal bands playing pure death metal. I dig them a lot, man. You gotta stay in it to win it, keep fighting the fight.”
Catch Jungle Rot on one of their upcoming tour dates below. Jungle Rot’s A Call to Arms drops May 13th on Unique Leader, and is already available for preorder.
06/02 Minneapolis, MN – The Cabooze
06/03 Lincoln, NE – 1867 Bar
06/04 Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep
06/06 Boise, ID – The Shredder
06/07 Seattle, WA – Club Sur
06/08 Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom
06/09 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
06/10 Anaheim, CA – Doll Hut
06/11 San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick
06/12 Los Angeles, CA – 1720
06/13 Mesa, AZ – Nile Underground
06/14 El Paso, TX – Rockhouse Bar & Grill
06/15 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
06/16 Denver, CO – HQ
06/17 Kansas City, MO – BLVD Nights
06/18 Sturtevant, WI – Route 20