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Jungle Rot Chats About New Tour With Deicide And The "Kill On Command" Album

Extreme metallers Jungle Rot are currently out on the road melting faces and burning down cities in support of the new album "Kill On Command" alongside the legendary Deicide and Abigail Williams.

On the eve of the tour's kickoff I got in touch with Jungle Rot's vocalist Dave Matrise to chat about the impending North American devastation and the band's excitement to be crossing the border into Canada to spread the "Kill On Command" wrath to new audiences. Check out the full interview below, in which Matrise also talks about shooting the "Blood Ties" music video and the band's plans for upcoming tours throughout the rest of the year.

xFiruath: Your new North American tour starts tomorrow. Are you guys on the road already now?

Dave: Yeah, we’re driving and we’re actually pulled over at a wayside right now in Indiana. We’re heading out there and we’re trying out our new bunks, we built some new bunks for the van and I think they’re going to work out really well. I’m excited to try them.

xFiruath: What areas are you hitting on this tour?

Dave: It’s Deicide, us, and Abigail Williams. I think there might be one other that will be there too. It’s a pretty good North American tour, we’re hitting the major markets and doing Canada from Quebec to British Columbia and back down. So it’s a full-on tour and we’re excited.

xFiruath: Are there any venues you are specifically looking forward to or places you’ve played before you want to get back to?

Dave: Yeah, we play quite a few of those places where we are headed, but we’re most excited about getting up into Canada. It’s a treat to get across the border because the fans just really eat it up. The west coast as well, we’ve established a really good following on the west coast and we can’t wait to get back there.

xFiruath: What will your setlist look like on this trek?

Dave: It will be the same setlist each night and we’re doing a little bit of everything. There’s some older stuff, some off the “Skin the Living” demo days, some new stuff, so a little bit of everything. We have a short set at about 40 minutes with 10 songs so we want every album to have a little bit of something.

xFiruath: When on the road for a tour like this does Jungle Rot have any particular road rituals or anything that your band tends to do that other bands don’t?

Dave: I don’t know about any road rituals, we just enjoy getting out and supporting one another. Staying positive is the key for us, you need a positive attitude to work as a team and continue forward. That’s what we try to do.

xFiruath: The new album “Kill on Command” has been out for a little while now. How has the feedback been so far?

Dave: The feedback has been excellent. It feels like a rebirth, actually. Hooking up with Victory Records has been one of the best things in our career. We’ve got a new video coming out and the buzz has been better than ever. The album is starting to take off for us.

xFiruath: Tell me about the shooting of the video and what’s happening in the clip.

Dave: We don’t really know what’s going on in the video, you’ll have to wait until it comes out to know. We shot that that with Victory. They have their own production company and they rented this old mansion for a day. We came in there and did our job and they put a storyline to it. I think we’re going to be happy with it.

xFiruath: Jungle Rot did another video earlier last year. Was that also with Victory’s backing or did you guys do that one on your own?

Dave: That’s Victory as well, that was for “Rise up and Revolt.” We did two or three performance videos already and we really didn’t need another performance video, so they tried to put a story into to make it more interesting this time around. We’re very happy with what they do.

xFiruath: What are you most looking forward to in the coming year?

Dave: To keep the fight going for sure. We’re trying to stay on the road as much as possible with this album. Doing tours is not an easy job whatsoever and that’s been the battle of my career I think, the lack of touring. We’re trying to get any tour we can to support this. We do have some coming up in October for Europe, and for the U.S. we’re hoping to have something lined up. But there’s a good thing with the down time we can start writing new songs.

xFiruath: Are you hitting your hometown on this tour?

Dave: Yeah, we play Chicago. We’re from Wisconsin but there’s not really a scene there. Chicago has always kind of been our home base. We’ll be there on Saturday and it’s always a good time to play Chicago when we go through.

xFiruath: You mentioned European dates for later in the year. Is anything locked down yet for dates after this current tour with Deicide?

Dave: No, nothing locked down, but I know the agency we are with is in the works right now on it. There’s been a few things discussed but I don’t want to announce yet until it’s real.

xFiruath: What do you guys listen to on the road? Do you stick with metal or do you get sick of it hearing it all the time and go with something else?

Dave: We’ve got this iPod and we throw a lot of older stuff on there. We don’t try to listen to too much metal after a long night. I like The Police, but then again I also like Steel Panther for a good laugh. That’s always a good time. We get a lot of demos every night too though, so we hear those every night. Are you coming to any of the shows, where are you at?

xFiruath: I’m actually in Montana, we don’t get many metal shows.

Dave: Yeah, there’s not much there. I’m a big hunter though, I go to Montana for elk hunting every year in September in White Sulphur Springs. Are you a hunter?

xFiruath: No, I’m not really into hunting, but there’s still a lot to do outdoors here.

Dave: I love the outdoors. In my off time I’m an outfitter and I do a lot of game like duck and pheasant and bear, that’s a big part of my life. Montana’s beautiful, I’d love to live there.

xFiruath: Yeah, it’s pretty nice, the only bad thing really is the very erratic weather.

Dave: Oh man it really is Big Sky country out there. Well thanks for everything, hope the interview turns out good.

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Ty Arthur is a freelance writer who writes for both entertainment and technical instruction sites. An avid fan of many different forms of metal, he has been involved in reviewing music for several years and is currently a contributing editor for Metalunderground.com

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