|Review: Jungle Rot - Skin the Living|
|Skin the Living|
Label: Victory Records
Year released: 2013
Originally released in: 1996
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: November 18, 2019
Reviewed by: Mjölnir
for:Skin the Living
Rated 4/5 (80%) (3 Votes)
This gets billed as the debut full-length for this veteran Death Metal act, but really this is just a repressing of their second demo that got billed as such by their original label. I put off looking into this band because their name, imagery, and brutally short song lengths made me think they were some kind of Grind act, but that's far from the case here. Skin the Living is a workout of grimy, Thrash-tinged Death Metal that focuses on churning, grooving riffs and guttural vocals that sound like they're coming from deep within a treacherous swamp in an active war zone. For a demo, this is fairly accomplished and well put together, and while they do have their faster thrashing sections, this band excels at dragging, almost Peaceville-esque tempos that crawl like the treads on a tank. "Killing Spree" is the best song on here, both because it mixes in all the vile ingredients that make this band rule and because it's one of only two songs on here that's over the 3-minute mark. All the other songs range from good to better than that, but I do wish they went on longer, as a little under 25 minutes leaves this album as a little scant for material. Still, if you put off this band like I did, then go get this so you can fix that mistake right away.
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