Sunday, May 1, 2011

QUBE: "Incubate"

Rating: 4/10

Label: Electrum 2011

Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

We are NOT amused!!! We are actually unimpressed and slightly disturbed by the fact that we are refering to ourselves in second, third, and possibly fourth person. Are we going to continue with the charade and b.s. for long? Are you fed up already and leaving this review as we speak? Good for you... since there's hardly a lot (on a positive note) to inform you about when it comes to Qube and "Incubate". At least not when it comes down to actual song material, the musicians are top notch performers as always when it's metal from Poland.

Nontheless, "Incubate" is an album that, if truth be told, can be nothing than a let-down in the genre of metal/hardcore meet progressive metal. Complex riffing in the vein of Tool - something that will always make this fellow sit-up and take notice. Sadly twelve more different styles and influences on this record are built more around hype and aggressive tendencies than actual business. I don't mind blunt and straight-to-the-point metal (every now and then) and they do have a couple of tunes the mosh-pit people will instantly love and adore. However, at the end of the day, it's always up to the band to come up with decent material and songs. Qube are not quite there in my books and it's becoming clear after you've spent days listening to the CD on many spins and still not being able to come up with any memorable hook nor melody. Back to the drawing board and here's hoping for a better second time around. Final verdict: what good are great musicians if they lack great material?


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