Incubus

Incubus

Make Yourself

Immortal/Epic

Every once in a while, I really score at the Ink 19 meetings. Three years ago, I picked up Incubus’ EP, Enjoy , without knowing who they were or what they sounded like. I was totally blown away. I discovered a new band that no one had heard. I reviewed it and spread the word to anyone who would listen. Their follow-up, Science , gathered momentum after about a year with little to no attention. After stints on OzzFest, these guys were finally recognized. Unfortunately, they were kind of lumped into the “rap/funk/metal” category. This new album will dispel any misunderstandings of the band’s stature in the music world today. Yes, they still rock hard. “Privilege” and “Make Yourself” are proof of that. But they also have a melodic side, or rather, mature. Yes, these guys have grown up a lot in the last few years. Musically, lyrically, and vocally, this is their most impressive album. The fact that they were willing to mix it up a little in light of their recent success shows a lot of confidence. “Battlestar Scralatchtica” is an excellent instrumental that showcases the musical talents of the entire band. I would relate it to the hidden songs found on the first two releases. The guitar player continues to come up with some very inventive rhythms and his collection of sounds continues to enlighten me. Other highlights on the album are “Drive” and “The Warmth.” As with all Incubus albums, I think that this is a great one, and it gets better each time I hear it. And by all means, go out and buy it.

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