Album: "Immersed" (2000)
Label: Tinman
Style: EBM / Synth-pop
Songs: 10


Reviewed by: Darklight

Dubok is an American EBM/synth-pop hyrid act that show a lot of promise on this debut, but several things prevent it from being a really great release.

The first problem I have is with the muffled distortion that is on both the music and vocals. Basically, the music is well programmed and the vocals are deep and melodic, but the distortion over everything takes away from its sound. Either the band is trying to sound more industrial by mixing in distortion, or they’re using poor recording equipment. Either way, the end result hurts the music and takes away from the true potential of these tracks.

Another problem that I have here is the fact that the band doesn’t bring anything new or different to the table. While listening to this CD I had the feeling that I’ve heard it all before as everything follows a standard formula. Modern energetic electronic rhythms and beats combined with beautiful synth harmonies and deep male vocals that sing along with melody are what these songs consist of. I’ve been there and done that a little too much lately. While I do indeed like this style of music, I would just like to hear some new elements in the mix as well.

Each song here basically sounds the same. While there are little differences here and there, it is still rather difficult to distinguish one track from the next.

Another complaint I have is with the lyrics. While they’re fairly well written for the most part, they just don’t appear to contain a lot of meaning. They come off more like short stories than really having anything to say. And in the song “Fine Time” there is a reference to The Backstreet Boys. I really dislike any pop-culture references in the music that I listen to. Save this kind of stupid humor for mainstream bands like The Offspring and Eminem. There’s no place for it in underground industrial/EBM/synth-pop music in my opinion.

Since this is the debut for Dubok, I’ll cut them some slack. But I really expect better things from them in the future.