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Dub War

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There are at least two groups sharing the name Dub War:
1) Raggae metal band from the UK;
2) UK garage/dubstep duo.

1) Formed in 1993, Dub War were a rock antidote to the Britpop hegemony.

Diminutive, livewire frontman Benji Webbe joined three established Newport musicians, and released a couple of 12” singles and a now sought-after mini album with local hardcore label Words Of Warning. The Dub Warning mini album was released in 1994, then, following a rapid rise in their profile, re-released with extra tracks as Words Of DUBWARning later in the year.

Explosive live performances, always prefaced by Webbe winding a huge air raid siren, propelled their public profile upwards and while the indie press concentrated on the likes of Sleeper, Menswear and Echobelly, Dub War carved out a niche for themselves with discerning and open-minded rock fans.

Extreme music label Earache decided that Dub War were perfect for their roster and by 1995 they’d inked the deal. Pain was released in the same year, and featured two tracks that became over time rock club floor-filling staples. Gorrit took Faith No More and made it even more intense and twisted, while Strike It was a huge shout-along with an infectious rap metal refrain.

Dub War were never the types to tread water, so after the Pain album cycle, they experimented more with their sounds and influences, trying to avoid being pigeonholed in any one bracket. The new material was softer, more subtle, and without some of the bombast of their previous material. It was challenging - and of course that has knock-on effects when an audience expects a certain sound.

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  • Inconnu_

    so f.. unrated. Lovin it

    14 Apr 10:08pm Reply
  • bodysnatcher4

    Dub War --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------> Skindred

    9 Oct 2013 Reply
  • bradp676

    on a separate note i dont think they are anywhere near heavy enough to be called metal lol

    19 Feb 2013 Reply
  • bradp676

    its a real shame most people more than likely will just remember this for the vocals of benji, but there is so much going on with the guitars and bass too, probably gets overlooked

    19 Feb 2013 Reply
  • fluffygrue

    Erm.. which Dub War is playing OZORA festival? Presuming not the Benji Webbe one?

    28 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Hail-Santa

    Shame these guys broke up and nothing much came of Mass Mental? after their one studio album and one live album which only saw release in Japan.

    16 Jul 2012 Reply
  • GoodVibeStyla

    Dub War -> Skindred

    18 Mar 2012 Reply
  • NicholasBellic

    Better than Skindred, WAY BETTER, this schiz rocks!

    1 Feb 2012 Reply
  • bodysnatcher4

    just listened to these guys for the first time. VERY under rated band

    26 Jan 2012 Reply
  • LiveBootlegs

    Dub War - Live @ Goteborg, Sweden, 11-03-1995 http://livebootlegconcert.blogspot.com/

    4 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Pirinyo

    EPIC music

    13 Aug 2011 Reply
  • CosmicAnomoly

    great music here....

    4 Aug 2011 Reply
  • BlackHound84

    I like Skindred but Dub War is hard and heavy.

    19 May 2011 Reply
  • RUTSDC

    GREAT MUSIC !!!!!!!!!

    8 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Hail-Santa

    Dub War seem to me like a fusion of reggae, punk, nu metal and grunge imo, not particularly heavy metal.

    13 Feb 2011 Reply
  • embe39

    such a good band deserves it's own group! http://www.last.fm/group/Dub+War

    2 Jan 2011 Reply
  • NapalmFrost

    Just an alert/reminder to those who weren't aware, that Earache Records have just released a Dub War compilation entitled The Dub, The War & The Ugly (http://www.last.fm/music/dub+war/the+dub%2C+the+war%2B%2526%2Bthe+ugly) featuring unreleased demos for the lost third album, a live concert and all their music videos. Be sure to check it out!

    20 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Severenth

    Hi guys great stuff!!!!!!! Formed in 2007, since then the band have toured the UK with their debut album ” The Age Of Paranoia” The album gained critical acclaim with outstanding reviews, and also won the Playmusic UK best unsigned metal act of 2009. Severenth have so far shared the stage with the likes of Skindred; Il Nino; Kittie; Soil; Hed p.e.; Bring Me The Horizon; 3 Inches of Blood; Biomechanical; Trigger The Bloodshed; Forever Never; Panic Cell; Will Haven; plus loads more. 2010, Severenth have set their sights on international waters, Having toured the US with Ripchain under ROSM, Severenth decided it was best to part ways with the management group due to contractual differences. 2010 will also see the release of their as of yet, Untitled new album. Bigger. Tighter. Meaner. For all management and booking issues, Please contact Mike Green severenthmanagement_uk@hotmail.co.uk Worldwide Management by Green Industries.

    24 Jul 2010 Reply
  • JeroenKlomp

    although u don't see it in the album list, there is a page for,Words Of DUBWARning

    1 Jul 2010 Reply
  • antyclub

    Strike it !!

    24 Jun 2010 Reply
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