Flub
Flub


2.0
poor

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (276 Reviews)
June 7th, 2019 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "I was just gonna, you know, grade my lunch, eat a few tests and hope for the best."

Who here remembers Disney's 'Flubber'? The lovable 1997 family fun movie which featured the legendary Robin Williams and Christopher McDonald gave very life to the idea of a sentient pile of goo. Naturally, this fantastical fabrication of movie lore created equal measures of chaos and humour as it bounced off every surface imaginable. Flub's 2019 self-titled piece it would seem runs parallel to Flubber's mischievous green bouncer. It too is all over the fucking place.

While citing members from Rivers Of Nihil, Vale Of Pnath and Alterbeast respectively Flub's methodology for progressive death metal takes from each of the bands mentioned above and soundly pushes their ideas together in a technical mess. The unexpected mashing of sounds may be passed off as outwards fluidity, shaping a unique spin on a genre that has had as many ups and downs of Marilyn Manson's drug habits, but it's more-or-less a combination of ideas forced into a recording with little thought on basic enjoy-ability. Flub is hampered by too many ideas jammed into such a small space. Even the casually upbeat and somewhat jovial affair found in the album's opening track presents a few headaches. A flurry of notes bounces from riff to riff before being completely outweighed by the Michael Alvarez vocal show. Yes, the guy knows his gutturals and shrieks (and can even provide testament to a few earthly growls in between) but when the mix tries to show off every instrumental component in this compressed form it's the vocals that centre on the listener. “Last Breath” may have a few neat little progressions, teasing some rather jazzier meets classical moments but the immense musical talent Flub has hasn't leeched into songwriting ability. “Blossom” on the other hand, lacks the room to breathe. An onslaught of sound bridges the gaps between genre tags, giving life to the technicality Flub offers, but it could do with some fleshing out. The frenetic riffing lays heavily over the band's tendency for noodling passages whilst Michael's sinister snarl overbears them all.

As the album progresses, there's the occasional glimmer that these guys are onto something. “Rebirth” is quite an example of modern death metal. The sprawling, fluid movement actually takes the best parts of this niche and allows them space, combining note reconciliation and brutality without Flub's usual tendency for over-saturation. It's a short lived nicety as the record closes with “Wild Smoke” and a random placement of melody fights against Flub's 'metal' parts. Add to that the unfortunate (if unhelpful) positioning right after the colossal “Blossom” and Flub returns in full to bouncing ideas off walls in the hopes it will stick. At times it's pretty easy to tune out of what Flub are trying to achieve by jamming all these ideas together. A flurry of a lead, a few well-placed riffs, a touch of piano here and always, always Michael's penchant for taking vocal centre stage. Flub's brevity is both a blessing, but it's more of a curse. This little super-group should give themselves a yard, so their music can take a mile.



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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
June 7th 2019


9615 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Another shortie. Sup Sput?

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Divaman
June 7th 2019


3699 Comments


Fun facts - "Flubber" was actually a remake of the 1961 film "The Absent-Minded Professor" starring Fred MacMurray.

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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
June 7th 2019


9615 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I come to sputnikmusic[dot]com for the learnings.

Alastor
June 7th 2019


2078 Comments


is this mushroom metal?

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artiswar
June 7th 2019


8500 Comments


I want to lick album cover

SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
June 7th 2019


9972 Comments


Flubber was turrrrible. I've seen the absent minded professor too, but I was too young to make a critical evaluation of it.
Great review Rob!

RustCohle
June 7th 2019


312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I absolutely love this album.

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
June 7th 2019


9615 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I'm sure there's a couple of fans

If they gave another ten or so minutes to developing their ideas there could be something really special here. It's just way too cramped up

TheNotrap
June 7th 2019


11154 Comments


Sounds like a tech mess, but I might check it

Nice review, as usual

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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
June 8th 2019


9615 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Probably something you could find yourself enjoying Notrap : ]

TundraL5Z
June 8th 2019


2777 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Why does this thing exist man... just why... so short it doesn't even make a good enough impression... this album is useless

Durrzo
June 9th 2019


1759 Comments


I almost like this. There's obvious potential but they don't really seem interested in doing much with it. Album is a big mess.

CugnoBrasso
June 9th 2019


640 Comments


It looks like the cover of a shitty low tier JRPG

Eakflanderyof
June 11th 2019


2545 Comments


This album is pretty much every cliche I hate about a lot of modern tech death

Essence
June 11th 2019


6277 Comments


bummer, vocalist for this is a really chill guy

Azog
June 11th 2019


182 Comments


Listened to this on Bandcamp. Review is accurate.

Eakflanderyof
June 11th 2019


2545 Comments


"bummer, vocalist for this is a really chill guy"

Nothing against any of the members. I just cant get into a lot of modern tech death

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
June 11th 2019


9615 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Heaps of potential here



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