Dub Trio 

Another Sound Is Dying

Brooklyn — along with Pittsburgh, Pa., it's a cradle of civilization. Brooklyn gave America Morton Feldman (singular classical composer, crony of John Cage), Lucky Luciano (conceptual modernizer of organized crime), and Dub Trio (cross-pollinators of metal and Jamaican dub). For those unfamiliar, dub is the offshoot of reggae wherein the studio mixing board is used to reconfigure a piece of music's shape and sound by adding echo and delay, subtracting voices and instruments, etc. An instrumental threesome of guitar, bass, and drums, Dub Trio "do" dub live, mixing loping reggae melody and surly, aggressive slabs of metal riff-age, conveyed with punk-rock terseness and spacey dub effects.

However, Another Sound Is Dying, their third album, finds Dub Trio moving away from reggae and closer to metal, albeit the somewhat more melodic variant, similar to such prog-metal outfits as Red Sparrowes and Isis. There are a few junctures where metal and dub agreeably, excitingly clash, such as the ominously apocalyptical "Respite," with drumbeats as inexorable as the march of the Grim Reaper, and the oddly comforting "Agonist," where Lee "Scratch" Perry gets to deconstruct Metallica in their prime. Alas, most of Sound comes off as fairly standard metal with some dub effects sprinkled throughout. Metal-heads may enjoy, but dub devotees (that don't also dig metal) will be disappointed.

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