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Released: 25th October 2011

Jeff Kent

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Don't be fooled or misled by the name. Dub Trio is every bit as heavy as your traditionally named Metal band. As drummer Joe Tomino points out, it's "dub as a concept and less as a genre synonymous to reggae, that is at the core of the music".


What this instrumental trio from Brooklyn produces musically is among the purest of fusions out there today. The heavy metallic riffs blend so seamlessly with the dub element on 'IV' that you might not even realize it right away. This is nothing new for their record label though. ROIR was home to Bad Brains, after all.

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As if dub and Metal weren't enough, Dub Trio toured for two years as the backing band for hasidic reggae artist Matisyahu. They also performed with Mike Patton's Peeping Tom project and opened for Clutch. It sounds like much of what they learned in those side projects shows up on 'IV'.

There are a few tracks that could be mistaken for other bands you're already familiar with, like Isis and Mastodon. 'Words' could easily have been on the last Isis album. Try telling one of your more chemically altered friends that it is Isis, then watch them freak out when the dub element hits about halfway through. To make it even better, tell them you don't hear the echo in the drums and that it must be in their heads. Good times.


'Patient Zero' has more of a primal Mastodon feel, and if it weren't for the track that follows it, you might think it was Mastodon for a minute. '1:1.618' shatters that illusion with its prepared piano weirdness. In case you're unfamiliar with prepared piano, that's when the insides of a piano are altered by damping strings or placing objects on them to alter the sound. Think of it like an unpredictable old-school synth. This bleeds eerily into the toy piano intro to 'Thousand Yard Stare'. The out-of-key tinkle erupts into thirty seconds of thrash and then slows to the mid-tempo chug of a metallic waltz, before devolving into a dub feedback ambient soundscape.

Dub is traditionally a musical form that's created in the studio from existing music, sort of like a reggae remix. But what Dub Trio does is play everything live and add the effects as they go. If you ever get the chance to see them play, you should definitely's very impressive. Who knows, it might open up a whole new world of music for you.


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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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