Rubikon’s Third Album Was Well Worth The Rather Long Wait

Courtesy:  Round Hill Records

Courtesy: Round Hill Records

Roughly eleven years have passed since the up-and-coming blues/rock band Rubikon released its debut album The Hollow Men. Being that so much time has passed since that album was released fans couldn’t help but figure that the band would just be another that tried its hand only to fold soon after. However recently announced that it has in fact not gone away. As a matter of fact, it will release its third full-length studio recording Delta next month. The album, which will be released via independent record label Round Hill Records, boasts nine tracks of blues-based rock that will impress fans of Clutch, Deep Purple, COC, and even Zodiac to a slightly lesser degree. While the album boasts only nine tracks and comes in at a grand total of thirty-seven minutes, that does not take away anything from the whole of the record. Speaking of the whole of the record, the record is anchored by the full-on blues rock opus ‘Sermon.’ The song starts out slowly in its first few bars before really launching full force into a rather heavy piece that fans of both Clutch and COC will enjoy. The album’s opener ‘Live That Lie’ is another solid addition to this record. As is noted of the song, it is a work that is centered on the personal journey of the band’s members. Its heavy, blues-infused musical backing adds even more enjoyment to the song in whole. For all of the heaviness displayed throughout this record it isn’t without its softer side as is evident in the more reserved sound of ‘Wasting Time.’ This song starts off softly enough. But it doesn’t take long for the song to pick up even if only slightly in comparison to the album’s other songs. It’s just one more example of how worth the wait Delta proves itself to be . That is not to ignore the album’s other tracks. All nine of the tracks that make up Delta’s body each show in their own respective way what made the wait for this record worth it. All things considered Delta proves in the end to be a piece that any blues/rock aficionado will appreciate regardless of their familiarity with the band’s body of work.

Rubikon’s upcoming album Delta is only the third full-length recording that the band has crafted since forming in its nearly fourteen years together. Roughly eleven years have passed since the band released its debut album The Hollow Men. This new record proves quite well over the course of its nine tracks and thirty-seven total minutes that the decade-plus wait for this album was well worth it. That is most clearly evident in the album’s anchor ‘Sermon.’ The song’s bluesy/southern sludge rock sound instantly grabs listeners by the ear and refuses to let go. That is especially thanks to the transition of its slow, bluesy opening bars to the much harder, heavier riffs that make up the body of the song. The overall content presented in the body of this song in itself makes for plenty of enjoyment. The lyrical content incorporated into the song gives it even more enjoyment. Drummer/vocalist Diggs sings in this song, “I’m already dead/So long gone away/Lay my body down/Old-fashioned way/Old heart won’t last a day/Tryin’ to get back home/Sit here in them clouds/Watch over me.” Listening to this single opening verse, listeners would swear that they were hearing Clutch front man Neil Fallon singing instead of Rubikon’s drummer/vocalist Diggs. The similarity in the pair’s vocal delivery styles is striking. The similarity is just as striking as the song progresses through its near six-minute run time. That powerhouse delivery coupled with the song’s outstanding guitar work makes this song a solid anchor on which Delta can rest and a work that every listener will enjoy.

‘Sermon’ is a solid anchor for Rubikon’s new album. Drummer/vocalist Diggs’ delivery style partnered with the song’s musical content makes it a song that rivals anything ever crafted by the likes of Clutch or COC. It is just one example of what has made the decade-plus wait for Delta worth it. The album’s lead track ‘Live That Lie’ is just as solid an example of what makes the record so impressive. This mid-tempo rocker wastes no time grabbing listeners by the ear and holding tight. According to the band, the song is meant to be a commentary on the personal journey of the band’s members from who they were before to who they have become now. The song’s musical makeup does an impressive job of expressing that message. The contrast of the fiery energy exuded through most of the song to the more reserved sound of the song’s bridge, which comes nearly three minutes in, exemplifies that. That is of course not to ignore the song’s lyrical content. Diggs sings, “Well I’ve been knocked down in chains and lied to/That’s what you get when you don’t play the game/When I step out of line/You’ll follow.” These few lines in themselves paint a clear picture in regards to the comments of the song’s basis. The same can be said of the rest of the song’s lyrical content. What is present here is just a glimpse into the lyrical content’s ability to translate the song’s message. That content set alongside the song’s musical content makes this song an even more solid addition to this record and even more proof of why Delta was worth the wait both for the band’s long-time fans and for those that are less familiar with Rubikon’s body of work.

‘Sermon’ and ‘Live That Lie’ are both clear examples in their own right of why Delta was well worth the wait regardless of listeners’ familiarity with Rubikon’s body of work. While both songs exhibit in their own right plenty of enjoyment, they are hardly the only examples of what makes it so enjoyable. The band shows that for all of the heaviness and power exhibited, it also has a softer side of sorts, too. That is exhibited in the form of the slightly more reserved ‘Wasting Time.’ The song starts off as a fully acoustic piece that is just as certain to hold listeners’ ears as the album’s heavier material. Even at its highest points it still doesn’t get anywhere near as heavy as any of the record’s other songs. That is only one part of what makes this song so enjoyable, too. The manner in which the song’s lyrical content was handled adds even more enjoyment to the song. Because the vocal delivery style here is just as reserved as the music itself, it requires just as close of a listen. What can be deciphered from such an examination is that there is a lot of introspection here. The delivery style is a perfect match for that introspection, too just as with the song’s musical content. All three of the song’s elements connected, they show clearly why this song is just as key to Delta’s enjoyment as ‘Sermon,’ ‘Live That Lie’ and the rest of the album’s songs. All things considered Delta proves that while it was more than ten years in the works, it is an album that was well worth the wait whether or not fans are familiar with the band’s body of work.

Rubikon’s third full-length LP has been more than ten years in the making. Considering how long the wait has been for this record, it has proven with its nine tracks and thirty-seven minutes that the wait was well worth it. Whether for ‘Sermon,’ ‘Live That Lie,’ ‘Wasting Time,’ or any of the remaining half-dozen tracks that make up the body of the album, every element–both musical and lyrical–of this record proves itself important to the whole of the album. All things considered, Delta proves in the end to be an album that is a potential candidate for this year’s list of the best new independent recordings and best new rock records. It will be available Friday, August 21st via Round Hill Records. More information on Delta is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: http://www.rubikonmusic.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RubikonUSA

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Prosthetic Records Announces COC Vinyl Re-Issues On The Way

Officials with Prosthetic Records announced recently that the label will re-issue two classic Corrosion of Conformity albums on vinyl.

Prosthetic Records will re-issue Corrosion of Conformity’s seminal 1991 and 1994 albums Blind and Deliverance. Each album will be re-issued on 180-gram vinyl. Release dates for the re-issues have not yet been confirmed. However it is known that re-issues for both albums will be limited to 1,000 copies each. Pre-orders for both albums are currently available in the Prosthetic Records webshop.

COC BLIND COVER ART

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

Blind will be presented in a double-disc LP set in three separate 180-gram colors: purple (700 copies), black (200 copies), and clear (100 copies). It will also include a color lyric insert, liner notes by music journalist Chris Dick, and three bonus tracks that were included in the album’s 1995 re-issue on compact disc. The track listing for the upcoming vinyl re-issue of Blind is noted below.

“Blind” (2014 Double LP edition):

  1. These Shrouded Temples…
  2. Damned For All Time
  3. Dance of the Dead
  4. Buried
  5. Break The Circle
  6. Painted Smiling Face
  7. Mine Are The Eyes of God
  8. Shallow Ground
  9. Vote With A Bullet
  10. Great Purification
  11. White Noise
  12. Echoes In The Well
  13. …Remain
  14. Condition A/Condition B *
  15. Future Now (MC5 cover) *
  16. Jim Beam and the Coon Ass *

* first time ever appearing on vinyl

 

Courtesy:  Prosthetic Records

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

Prosthetic Records’ re-issue of Deliverance will mark the first time in two decades that the previously out-of-print album has been re-issued to audiences. It will be presented in a gatefold jacket in three separate 180-gram colors: green (700 copies), black (200 copies), and red (100 copies). The track listing for Deliverance is noted below.

 

“Deliverance” (2014 LP edition):

  1. Heaven’s Not Overflowing
  2. Albatross
  3. Clean My Wounds
  4. Without Wings
  5. Broken Man
  6. Senor Limpio
  7. Mano de Mono
  8. Seven Days
  9. #2121313
  10. My Grain
  11. Deliverance
  12. Shake Like You
  13. Shelter
  14. Pearls Before Swine

 

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COC Makes Its Home State Proud Again With Debut Re-Issue

Courtesy: Candlelight Records/Lumberjack Records

Three decades is a long time for any musical act to last.  It’s an even longer time for an act that has spent most of its career flying well under the mainstream music radar.  For such acts, managing to remain relevant and successful is a major feat.  Not many non-mainstream acts can claim this badge of honor.  One of the few that can is Raleigh, North Carolina’s very own Corrosion of Conformity.  Corrosion of Conformity has always flown just under that mainstream radar.  Yet despite that, this band has remained one of the most important bands in both the punk and hard rock communities throughout its near thirty years.  As the band’s thirtieth anniversary approaches, longtime fans and new fans alike are being re-introduced to the band’s roots thanks to Candlelight Records and Lumberjack Records.

Candlelight and Lumberjack have officially re-issued the band’s 1983 debut record, Eye for an Eye for the masses.  Coming off the heels of the band’s self-titled release earlier this year, this re-issue is an excellent juxtaposition of the aforementioned record.  Both records boast the punk sound that made the band popular from the beginning.  In putting the two albums side by side, the progression that the band has made is obvious.  Even more evident is that while the band has grown, it hasn’t lost its punk roots in the time since its debut.  In comparison to the records released with former front man Pepper Keenan, the sound of the band’s debut is vastly different.  It would be improper to try and compare the band’s more punk based records with the more southern sludge rock tinged records.  That would be comparing apples to oranges.  The songs on Eye for an Eye are punk at their finest.  They are short, fast, and loud.  The longest track on this disc is just over three minutes.  And the shortest song clocks in at less than thirty seconds.  To be exact, it’s timed in at precisely twenty-three seconds long.  Whether three minutes plus or less than a minute, the intensity of this punk classic still makes it a fan favorite and a must have for any COC fan and fan of real punk in general.  It serves as a reminder of everything that was once right with the punk genre.  Next to the band’s new self-titled release, the pair serves as a reminder that despite the glut of happy hopping pop punk that plays across the airwaves every day, real punk is still out there.

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