Heavy, impactful and energetic. These are some of the words that come to mind when describing Tuber’s recent studio effort, the full-length album “Out of The Blue.”
This talented Greek band set out to take the local music scene by storm and beyond: their edgy blend of hard rock and alternative music is collecting acclaim and accolades throughout the world, as growing numbers of fan continue to support the band and download their music.
“Out of The Blue” channels the band’s various musical influences, ranging from sludgy stoner rock to ethereal psychedelic and classic rock. This is a guitar-driven record with massive punch and lots of depths.
This band truly learned the lesson from some of the most influential sludge and alternative rock bands of the past 20 years. Their music is highly diverse and if you listen closely, you can understand where these talented musicians found their inspirations. The songs have their own unique personality, of course, but you can certainly discern shades of Kyuss, Motorhead, Black Sabbath, Queens of The Stone Age or even Sound Garden, just to mention a few. Tuber has managed to develop a personal, organic and authentic blend of rock music, with lots of integrity and depth.
Their instrumentation is set up in a very simple way, yet it is very engaging and right to the point. The rhythm section, for example, is as solid as a monolith, often spiced up with cavernous re- verb tones and other effects. This makes for a haunting tone with a hint of psychedelia.
These musicians aren’t afraid to break the pattern and experiment with synth lines and other electronic soundscapes to add a different palette of colors and textures to this release. While songs such as “Cat Class” reveal the band’s ability to experiment with genres close to industrial and electronica, “Luckily Dead” reveals their connection with old school rock sonic assault, with nasty fuzzed out guitars and hard-hitting grooves. “Noman” is probably one of my favorite tracks on the record, with over 8 minutes of its edgy arrangement that constantly evolves and morphs into something different.
Find out more and listen to “Out Of The Blue” directly on the band’s Bandcamp page, where you will be able to download the music and peruse the band’s awesome merchandise!
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