ALBUM REVIEW: Flub - Flub (The Artisan Era)

I really hate mentioning the credentials and merits of those in a band, I don't see why a group can't be judged by the work at hand. It's like, sure, people love Avenged Sevenfold - but who the hell likes Pinkly Smooth? Not to harm fan favorite 'The Rev' and his memory, but holy crap was that a terrible project held up by names anyone expect to be even remotely good.  Flub is held up by some impressive names too, some really good ones - phenomenally talented individuals that can sell a thing like this to the right audience. But no, I shall not sink to that level. I aim to find out if Flub holds its own - as it's own entity.

And, well, that didn't take too long to find out. Yeah, this self-titled debut isn't too long. It's brevity is a real shame too, as Flub has some of the most competent fusion elements I've heard in... ever. Somehow, I've never even heard a band like this (technical death metal) combine electronic elements so effectively.  They work too, things aren't just here and there ala iwrestledabearonce for the sake of silliness and strange. Lord knows a band like this could've done just that too, with a name like Flub any crazy nonsense could've been done. It wasn't though, everything here works on a compositional level and flows together rather effectively. Hell, there are even sections with a bit of air in them. That, in itself, is somewhat of a oddity in this subgenre.


Vocals are, no joke, almost identical to that of Kyo from Japanese band Dir En Grey. I tried to work around this comparison, but it's so close to that groups heavier albums (especially The Marrow of a Bone and onwards) that I could easily mistake Flub's Michael Alvarez for the aforementioned vocalist. Just for clarity, that is not a bad thing as I've always been a avid Dir En Grey fan - but honestly, I feel like I've enjoyed Flub's work more then anything that group has put forward lately.

Flub's stylings extend far past it's clearly technical sound, there is a genuine attempt to move past that and into new territory completely. While I wouldn't say it makes the leap as far as the group clearly wants it to, the attempt is genuinely appreciated. It's almost as if naming the group 'Flub' has removed a good deal of the expectations for a band like this, opening up some creative avenues not usually explored. Flub was easy to like, and if you want to see where all the experimentation reaches full fruition - I highly suggest you check out their track 'Rebirth'.

-KEITH H.-

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