Fusion metal pioneers Dub War have released their brand new rousing single “Blackkk Man”, the first single off of their first album of all-new material in over 25 years, ‘Westgate Under Fire’. Watch the new lyric video here.
The track packs a punch with jagged guitar, furious rhythms and tough vocals from founder and frontman Benji Webbe (who many will also recognise as the mighty Skindred’s frontman). Released in the midst of the celebration of Black History Month in the US, “Blackkk Man” is a furious revolt against racism and a bleak reflection of crucial events from this decade in particular, including the murder of George Floyd.
“This song is exactly how I was feeling at the time of Mr Floyd’s murder. This is a cry from my heart for equal rights and justice – and the other boys in the band feel the same as I do. No one chooses the skin they’re in – should the skin you’re in help you to win? It’s a question we all need to think about!” declares Webbe. “This racist injustice has been going on way too long and, unfortunately, even with all the cries and the pain, it still continues.”
The accompanying lyric video, compiled and edited by Aran Webster, serves to drive the critical message contained in the lyricism of “Blackkk Man” further, putting society’s outrageous double standards in plain sight via news footage and articles.
A thought-provoking statement song, “Blackkk Man” and the album it resides on launches Dub War back into the industry as the band who turned heads with their groundbreaking genre-bending once more. Alongside this potent punk rock-laced track, ‘Westgate Under Fire’ offers up dance infused metal, ragga-punk and sinister metal with exotic beats.
A band born and raised in Newport, ‘Westgate Under Fire’ shines a light on a crucial event in their hometown’s history, the Newport Uprising. An event which would play a role in transforming democracy in Britain and the world, the uprising in 1839 saw thousands from the Chartist movement march through south Wales, seeking social reform, including the right for men of all classes to vote. The marches ended in a bloody battle at the Westgate Hotel, which saw many of the Chartists dead or wounded. ‘Westgate Under Fire’ aims to embody the empowerment that Chartists took upon themselves and coincides with the local community resurrecting the derelict Westgate Hotel into an exciting new venue.
‘Westgate Under Fire’ is available for pre-order worldwide on signed, limited edition coloured vinyl, black vinyl, signed CD and limited cassette at earache.com/dubwar. Due for release 5th August 2022.
“Westgate Under Fire”
1. Blackkk Man
2. War Inna Babylon
3. Vibes In The Place
4. Art Of War
5. Reveal It
6. Mary Shelley
7. Bite Back
8. Coffin Lid
9. Crying Clowns
10. Get Back Up
11. Fun Done
12. Stay Together
13. Celtic Cross
Dub War is:
Benjii Webbe (vocalist / frontman)
Richie Glover (bassist)
Jeff Rose (guitarist)
Mikee “KRUPA” Gregory (drummer)
Spike T Smith (guest drummer, “Art Of War”)
Mike Bordin (guest drummer, “Get Back Up”)
Roy Mayorga (guest drummer, “Reveal It”)
Tanner Wayne (guest drummer, “Celtic Cross”)
Ranking Roger (guest vocalist, “War Inna Babylon”)
Dave Chavarri (guest drummer, “Bite Back”)
Jamie Miller (guest drummer, “Crying Clowns”)
Mikey Doling (guest guitarist, “Crying Clowns”)