Sunday, March 16, 2008

Triii-o, Tri-iii-iii-o


WHAT do you get if you mix dub reggae and heavy metal?
No, the offspring of that unholy union is Dub Trio, whose third album, Another Sound Is Dying, was released at the end of January.
The album, which is instrumental apart from the standout No Flag featuring Mike Patton of Faith No More on vocal duties, fuses heavy metal riffs fuller than Rik Waller leaving an all you an eat buffet with ponderous Mogwai style space rock and skanking Lee "Scratch" Perry dub sections.
On paper this should be a shambles, but on record it actually works.
The movements from one section to another never seem to jar, and there is a unlikely unity that carries through the whole LP.
However Another Sound Is Dying will appeal more to fans of metal than fans of dub reggae, and for that reason although it is an admirable body of work, you feel it still needs the focus a frontman would bring to the party to lift it into the next level.

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