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Dub Trio

Dub Trio: New HeavyNew Heavy (2006)
ROIR

Reviewer Rating: 2.5


Contributed by: JesseJesse
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Dub music. Lee "Scratch" Perry, King Tubby, Mad Professor and Scientist. Chill out grooves heavy on bass repetition, studio manipulation and overdubs. Augustus Pablo wailing on a melodica. Dub has never been the most interesting genre to mainstream cultures who latched onto dub's upbeat cousins, reg.
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Dub music. Lee "Scratch" Perry, King Tubby, Mad Professor and Scientist. Chill out grooves heavy on bass repetition, studio manipulation and overdubs. Augustus Pablo wailing on a melodica. Dub has never been the most interesting genre to mainstream cultures who latched onto dub's upbeat cousins, reggae and ska. But ever since playing Grand Theft Auto III with the radio constantly tuned to K-JAH (and subsequently learning that all those tracks were from Scientist Rids the World of the Curse of the Evil Vampires), I've held a special place in my heart for dub.

So when I heard there was a modern dub group out there mixing shit up, I thought it could be sweet. The sticker on the cover calls them "The Sonic Youth of Dub." People talked about them throwing in hardcore and metal riffs, blending genres and keeping stuff kosher at the same time. Now I wouldn't call myself a purist, but this whole bending genres thing never really sits well in my stomach. Third wave ska gives me diarrhea; rap-metal gave me a hernia and a subsequent stroke.

The album kicks off with "Illegal Dub" and a forced sounding hardcore riff that cranks out double time speed for about a minute before it drops out and the bassline comes out of the silence and when we expect run-of-the-mill dub beats to start, so does the guitar, rocking out the dub riff like a bad piece of rap-metal. I almost cried, but then the guitar faded out and into its reverbed fret hits and upstrokes. "Not Alone" featuring Mike Patton sounds like a Faith No More song with a dubby angle.

"Angle of Acceptance" kicks off with machine gun metal snare riffing that brilliantly carries on into the un-mistakably dub drum riff. While the punk and hardcore riffs are jarring and unacceptable, these chugga-chugga breakdown riffs actually mold with the dub beat in a delightful way. But while the metal is tolerable, most of the rocking guitar riffs sound like early `90s alternarock and "Table Rock Dub" proves that Dub Trio is their best when they're the most traditional -- minimalist drums riding on the hi-hat and bass, droning bass and reverbing guitars. Besides "Yes You Can't," a minute-long hip-hop beat, the next few tracks are more of the same failed attempts at melding hard rock guitars and dub rhythms. When the band actually breaks down into the dub, the grooves are worthy of the greats, it's just everything else they add into it that brings the album down.

"Sunny I'm Kill" is another traditional track, a bit more upbeat and featuring a piano and melodica and quality studio manipulations, the heart and core of dub. "Screaming at the Sea" sounds like a Smashing Pumpkins song. But the surprise bonus on this album is "Cool Out and Coexist," a downtempo near-black metal double bass chugga track. The riffs are right on, and what makes the song good is the fact that the metal riffs aren't genre-bending -- they're just as dedicated to their genre as the classic dub.

Is it a good idea? Maybe. Is it executed well? Sorta. Does this band show a lot of promise? Yes.

 

 
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SilentStorms (April 24, 2007)

It'd be way funnier if they were called Duo Trio. Score's for that name.

Anonymous (April 23, 2007)

They are better live than on CD, and even then it's a bit repetative and gets boring..

GlassPipeMurder (April 22, 2007)

i had no idea ROIR was even putting out music anymore.

Not-To-Regret (April 22, 2007)

Damn can't find this on soulseek.

chokingvictim (April 20, 2007)

This sounds pretty dumb, but dub is the greatest music ever.

Anonymous (April 20, 2007)

i found most of this stuff pretty boring and cheesy. also, they were'nt that great live when i saw them. kinda boring there too. and i LOVE dub. however, kudos for bringing dub a little toward the forfront of popular music again.

baseball (April 20, 2007)

sounds interesting...might have to check this out

score is for Lee "Scratch" Perry

Anonymous (April 20, 2007)

this band is sick as sh*t, especially live, heavier than most metal bands i've seen

score is for technicality and face melting, and 420

Jesse (April 20, 2007)

Again, I reviewed the album because it got sent to me by Brian. This is why I review most of the albums I do.

Anonymous (April 20, 2007)

dude, why review a album you know nothing about. these guys have a huge backlog of original dub. most all who is into real dub, love this. the live stuff is fantastic. archive.org is your place to hear some outstanding live dub. they are the sonic youth of dub but youll never understand that statement with out hearing more.

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