Tribe After Tribe - M.O.A.B.
Record Label: Rodeostar Records
Release Date: October 14, 2008
Tribe After Tribe's M.O.A.B. is a very pleasant surprise; it's a swirling melting pot of influences. Tribe After Tribe have the dreamy aura of Porcupine Tree but the regional influence similar to that of Soulfly (but South Africa instead of South America). To top things off, some of the tracks clock in at six minutes and are more akin to the jam-friendly Tool.
"Burning Bush" is the first example of this, with a wicked bass line that sounds like the Jaws theme song. The song's clean and simple hook keeps you on your seat the duration of the song. "Holy City Warrior" takes a different path as an awesome bluesy tune that sounds led by Slash. The guitar is grungy and thick with a wicked solo about two minutes in that brings one back to the glory days when every song dripped with an insane guitar solo. The distorted vocals remind me of Lenny Kravtitz's take on "American Woman." The track "Chiron" showcases why the band is known as Tribe After Tribe. The sporadic sounds of the djembe, the angelic chants, and the whining guitar give the tune a tribe and even jungle-like feel. "Understanding the Water" is a fun, groovy jam that features wails that sound borrowed from Chris Cornell one moment and from Jeremy Enigk the next. The varying sounds of influence all blend together wonderfully and all so differently. "Shock and Awe" picks up the pace with a deep drum rattle and piercingly clean guitar. Some southern-style guitar hooks are sprinkled in throughout the song nicely.
Tribe After Tribe have no boundaries. I love how every song sounds like three classic bands in one. Every track definitely has a "tribe-like" sound that is never overbearing. This is definitely not the type of album that I would pick and choose tracks from to listen to; it needs to be digested whole.