Incubus – ‘Absolution Calling’ [Review]
Incubus are one of my favourite bands of all time – and so this review is subject to a certain level of overexcited-fanboy bias. Oh well. One of my favourite things about Incubus is their willingness to challenge their fans with each new release, reinventing themselves on a regular basis – and on Absolution Calling, they’ve done it again.
For those who still yearn for a return to the rabid funk-metal of S.C.I.E.N.C.E. or the flowing, lava-like alt-metal of Make Yourself, Absolution Calling will disappoint in the same manner as…well…Morning View, A Crow Left of the Murder, Light Grenades, and If Not Now, When?. What Absolution Calling does do, however, is merge unsettlingly unhinged lead guitars with a pulsing groove reminiscent of the Red Hot Chili Peppers; back it all up with the bubbling-below-the-surface spice which earns Chris Kilmore his keep and keeps Incubus in a class of their own; and shove Brandon Boyd’s always-epic vocals and inspired wordplay on top where they belong.
If Absolution Calling isn’t your thing on first listen, stick with it – the most wonderful thing about Incubus is their ability and willingness to grow on people in an age of instant gratification and split-second disposability.
CURRENT TMMP RATING: 93%
PREDICTED TMMP RATING FOR THIS TIME NEXT WEEK: 98%
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