Technical death metal project Flub has always been one to watch. Featuring members of Vale of Pnath and Rivers of Nihil, they’ve certainly got the credentials, but there’s more to making good music than having been in other good bands. Indeed, Flub’s 2014 EP Advent showed that they can blend an upbeat vibe and progressive elements into a technical sound to create their own niche. Now, they’re back with “Wild Smoke” and an upcoming full length album to blow you away.
Having a positive vibe to the sound isn’t usually a typical death metal move, but Flub have always had that fresher aspect. The full release, the band’s self-titled debut Flub, contains a lot more of this type of exploration, with jazz fusion, classical and latin elements weaved into the tech death framework. If you like what you see here, the album is up for preorder on Flub’s bandcamp, and you can check out other Artisan Era artists like Equipoise and Augury on the label’s bandcamp. If you like the lineup on there, you’ll love Flub.
Here’s what they had to say about the release:
4 years and many obstacles later, we are stoked to finally be able to showcase our upcoming self-titled album under The Artisan Era brand. This album brings Flub’s strongest foot forward in all aspects. We worked to make the energy intense with complexity, yet soothing and rhythmic when appropriate. Playing with different sounds and styles to create a new realm beyond our previous releases.
The album front to back takes you for a journey and a range of emotions, embracing chaos without sacrificing melody and thought out songwriting. Lyrically, each song on the album reaches back to our previously released material in some sort of way while continuing to provide new details to the overall storyline.
The story tells of a hero who has failed their mission and is left to wander the realm without a reason to carry on, The hero eventually finds themselves on the brink of death and are recalling memories of sorrow and regret in their last moments. As the hero is fading away, they are discovered by a dark entity, the entity itself offers the hero a second chance to live, he would escape death but in return, the entity will possess the hero’s body to carry out its own mission, to bring upon the end of mother nature.