Show Review – Deicide, Origin, Jungle Rot @ Reverb, Reading, Pennsylvania – June 4, 2019
Decide, Origin and Jungle Rot brought the heavy to Reading, Pennsylvania and Metal Insider was there.
This was my first time seeing Jungle Rot and I was hardly disappointed. The Wisconsin rockers pummeled the Reverb with their thrash-induced death metal, bringing many circle pits to the venue. While it was a sleepy, rainy Sunday night in Central PA, Dave Matrise and company fired up the venue.
Jungle Rot is incredibly tight and sound great live. The set was definitely focused on more of their newer material, which is perfectly ok in my book as their latest number of records are quite honestly their strongest including 2018’s self-titled album.
Similar to Jungle Rot, this was my first time ever covering Origin. Suffice to say, they are quite amazing. The technical precision is inspiring and downright dismaying. In fact, I was somewhat taken aback as I watched one of the security guards come out from the side of the stage and just watch bass player, Mike Flores, in utter astonishment. Quite honestly, I stopped taking photos for a few seconds in front of him to similarly gawk. I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone play bass so fast. Incredibly talented. Of course, I spent ample time in front of guitarist Paul Ryan, who, also plays blazingly fast – yet is at the same time mindbogglingly accurate.
Drummer John Longstreth is a machine and furious while lead vocalist Jason Keyser barks out the vocals with solid viciousness. The crowd was incredibly responsive.
Even if you aren’t a fan of technical death metal, Origin is a true site to see and experience. Even in the tech death genre, there is nothing at all like them.
While I have seen Deicide before, I had never seen them in the US and never seen them this close. This band is incredibly tight and clearly firing on all cylinders. Glen Benton’s voice is, honestly, sounding better than ever and it’s quite intriguing to watch him deliver his vocals with his alternating growls.
The setlist was a mix of old and new, with lots of classics. Crowdpleaser “Dead by Dawn” kicked off the set as the band tore through a few decades worth of material. Decide proves, once again, that they’re a force both when it comes to shows and to writing music. Looking forward to many more years of seeing these guys.