|Subsource - 'Tales From The Doombox' (Doombox Recordings)|
|Written by Gaz E|
|Monday, 05 April 2010 06:45|
Wrapped in some striking cover art by street artist Faith47 (dubbed the South African Banksy), 'Tales From The Doombox', the debut album from genre-hopping UK mob Subsource, attempts to blur the lines between several musical movements - from dubstep to punk, from drum 'n' bass to metal. But can they pull off such an ambitious stab at the jugular of sound segregation?
They certainly succeed in doing it on their own terms, the ten songs spread over forty tightly-wound minutes duck and dive between genres, but will the listeners agree en masse?
Their argument against would struggle to be heard over the bass-heavy opener, the album's great title track which fuses a Transplants-style verse to a fat hook, and the recent single 'The Ides' which is an atmospheric sound encounter that offers social commentary by way of a major dubstep influence. Previous single 'The Reason (Parasite)' again checks all the boxes that should see this album happily added to the collections of music fans swayed by a love of The Prodigy and Pendulum. And there is much contained on this shiny disc to recommend. Through all the genre side-stepping the overpowering element to the band's sound is one of melody; each and every hook, whether it be chanted, shouted or spoken, has the ability to stick around in your head for quite some time.
My only fear for Subsource is that their insistence on flowing between sounds maybe spreads them a little thin. While songs like 'Machines In Real Life' and album closer 'Beats And Bandages' are destined to make sweaty concert halls bounce, tracks such as 'Charge Me' and 'New Bones' may be too subtle for people who like their music painted with broad dayglo strokes.
The band's eclectic sound will ultimately decide whether they will be quickly defused or will explode - given the fickle state of the music industry I would rule out neither. Certainly a musical journey to be followed.......