Richard Gombault takes forward the experience he gained with Indie
band Midget into his latest venture, where he
aims to remind people just how good the results of mixing melody with the
heavier moments of metal can be. Kubrick
is the band with which this will be performed and “Reverie” is the
debut single that will give us an insight as to how they’ll do it.
The title track is basically a heavy rock song, complete with some great vocals and nice heavy guitars but also a very catchy tune and chorus, which makes it an excellent choice for a single. Successfully mixing the quieter and noisier parts, it’s a choppy sound which has the advantage of making the heaviness of the chorus much more effective. Emo verses Indie and then given the heavy treatment.
“How To Lose Friends And Alienate People” is completely different and is more reminiscent of Staind in their ‘slow-quiet-acoustic-number’ mood. They slowly develop the emotion, unhurriedly building to a crescendo and then coming to a very gentle and quiet ending. It really is delicate expression.
To finish there’s a much heavier, industrialised version of “Reverie” called the “Captains of Industry Mix”, which is almost Marilyn Mason-esque in feel but with additional vocals from Ministry. It’s different but kind of comes over as a filler - a cynic would say (what you? No! Ed), it’s to make you feel like you’ve got value for money - but unfortunately it only devalues the song.
Taking emotion and melody then fitting it against a backdrop of heavy riffs and rhythms is what many bands are choosing to do at the moment. But does Kubrick cut the mustard? Well yes, they probably do, it’s just a little difficult to make that assumption with only two tracks as evidence. Roll on the album, when we can make our minds up properly! 7/10.
Rigsby (9th August, 2003)