Wisconsin's death metal juggernaut Jungle Rot is back for their 8th full length (second on Victory Records) entitled Terror Regime. Following up to 2011's Kill On Command, you're in for a fair share of gory lyrics, brutal downtuned riffs, and groove. Lots of it.

"Voice Your Disgust" kicks off the record with a pretty stock but convincing main riff. That's one of the things you'll notice first about this band if you haven't listened to them before: They sell you the riff even if it seems like you may have heard it before. I like to call this the "money riff" (I believe I heard Phil Anselmo from Pantera describe some of Dimebag's guitar riffs this way). They'll base a song around it, and by the third or fourth time you've heard it, it's automatically at least catchy if not enjoyable.

The title track "Terror Regime" starts out in a half-time feel, then goes straight into arguably the thrashiest part of the record. This was a stand-out moment for me. Even though it may sound stupid that something like that would be described as stand-out, when it hits you want to jump in the nearest circle pit. Or start one in your office/classroom/apartment/mom's basement (depending on the band's demographic). The drums are one of my favorite aspects to this album; the drummer really knows his place and plays the right thing at the right time. For example, one of my favorite ways he compliments the rest of the music is the blast beats towards the end of "Utter Chaos." He accents the triplets pounded out of the guitar by duplicating it on the snare. Again, little things, but all in all they add up to an overall attention to detail that I enjoy.

Sure, there are some moments on the record that seem to go by without any real reason to want to listen again. That's going to happen on a record with a band who keeps it pretty simple. But Jungle Rot is able to pull you back in with catchy choruses such as the ones in "I Am Hatred" (gang vocal-filled, I might add) and "Blind Devotion." "Scorn" steps up the speed again and showcases the great drum work, as speedy 16th notes are pummeled out of the bass drum. The main riff was one of my favorite from the record as well.

The band isn't afraid to throw some melodies in either, which is a nice change of pace. Towards the end of the solo in "Rage Through The Wasteland" was my favorite melodic moment, with a dual harmony in the guitars. "Ruthless Omnipotence" fell a bit flat for me, pretty much everything in that track had already been done, and done better for that matter, on the previous songs.

A bit of a surprise was the D.R.I. cover of "I Don't Need Society." However, they completely own it and I'm sure it'd be a great addition to the live set. "Carpet Bombing" was probably my favorite song on Terror Regime, for the fact it reminded me a bit of Skin the Living (which was the first thing I had heard from the band a few months ago). It doesn't overstay its welcome, has some killer riffs, and tons of groove.

If you're a fan of death metal, even the more technical stuff, I recommend giving this album a listen. I'd classify this record as a "grower" so definitely try to listen to it more than once if you want to jump into it. You'll start to notice different nuances and appreciate their knack for writing killer songs without any frills or fluff. The band doesn't reinvent the wheel (although, they helped pioneer this niche wheel of groove-oriented death metal), but there's enough killer riffs, groove, and a little melody to keep any metal fan entertained through this half hour or so of music.