Chuck Schuldiner Project

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Stubb - Cry of the Ocean

Stubb are an incredibly fascinating band for me. They are not afraid to embrace crunchy and grimy Motorhead-esque grooves, but they also seem at home with powerful, esoteric, and almost doom metal derived soundscapes. In other words, this is a band who can do it all, and their new record Cry of the Ocean is endlessly listenable. The kind of metal record that will get you to think, but also to shake, rattle and roll, a feat the very few of Stubb's peers can aspire too. There is a real depth to the sound that will inspire you and force you to spin this album again and again.

The diversity of the soundscapes is really cool, especially when you consider that there is  always the same vibe that manages to weave its way throughout. Yet, Stubb ensure that there is a little bit of something for everyone. You have the esoteric Cry of the Ocean (Parts 1 & 2) contrasted against the acoustic magic of Heartbreaker, then the band turns around and manages to shock you with an instant classic like Devils Brew that approaches straight up rock and roll. The primal might that seems to define every song on this record is frankly, magical and proves to me that Stubb are truly great players. These guys have the capacity to do just about everything and that makes their sound truly entrancing.

In the end we're left with a record that's going to slowly melt your skull as you spend minute after triumphant minute sinking ever deeper into the glorious sound world crafted by this record. Stubb are a band filled with potential, so much so that they don't even need to worry about focusing down their sound, because they do absolutely everything so god damn well. As you dig into Cry of the Ocean you'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll hurl because Stubb are simply that good. This album is a journey, so hop on board the train and prepare for the ride.

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