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 – Tales From The Doombox

March 30, 2010 by  

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 – Tales From The Doombox

NAME: Subsource

Album: Tales From The Doombox

YEAR: 2010 (April 5th)

LABEL:Doombox Records


FIVE WORD REVIEW: Conventional instruments plus dirty glitch!

LOCATION: Guilford, UK

LINE UP: Stu Henshall, Paul Frazer, Dennis Ng, Neil Shervell.

WHAT’S THE STORY?: As a live act Subsource may very well have what it takes to effectively combine all their various elements into a performance that will blow your socks off. Yet on CD they struggle to blend the various genres of their sound as convincingly as similar sounding bands such as Pendulum and Prodigy. When you have a sound that attempts to sound so similar to those previously mentioned, such comparisons will undoubtably be made. The album opens up with a bang with the well produced if slightly generic preset sounding synth and live instrumental combo loop kicks in on the title track ‘Tales From The Doombox’, but is slightly let down by forgettable vocal sections that fail to deliver the same effectively simple punch that bands such as Prodigy manage to weave into many of their songs. The same could be said for the rest of the album. ‘Street Souls’ and ‘The Ides’ vocals’ work well as an exception, but in general the vocal parts are less hit than miss. ‘Tales From The Doombox’ tends to work best when it’s in full throttle instrumental mode.

This is by no means a sub par effort (ho ho!) but compared to the height of consistent quality that can be found from bands at the top of the cross genre electronic music market, ‘Tales From The Doombox
’ comes across as an off brand version of your favorite band. All the right ingredients are here; their recipe just needs more refining.

SOUNDS LIKE: An amalgamation of dupstep, Punk, Hip-hop, and Electronica that doesn’t quite work as well as you hope it would. Your favorite multi genre electronic band’s not yet quite as good younger sibling.

YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF YOU LIKE: Killer dubstep bass lines, headbanging Drum’n’bass intensity, raw Punk lunacy. Pendulum, Prodigy, The Bloody Beetroots.

LINKS: Official Website // MySpace

– Cullan N Nhara.



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