Jibe "Epic Tales Of Human Nature"
"EPIC TALES OF HUMAN NATURE"
Jibe is a band that started in 1993 and since then has been persistently paying their dues. Seven years after the bands inception Jibe had their first hit single “I’ll Meet You Half Way” which was off of their second studio album In My Head.
Since then Jibe has been climbing their way up the rock n roll ladder opening up for legendary acts like Seether, Sevendust and Marilyn Manson. Their unique take on a classic rock n roll style has allowed them to flourish in a genre where more often than not bands fall through the cracks. I have to say I wasn’t extremely familiar with Jibe’s work but after listening to their latest album Epic Tales Of Human Nature I can definitely say that I will be going back and listening to more of Jibe! The album drops tomorrow June 9th via EMP label group so make sure you pick up a copy!
The record opens up with the track “Children Of The Sun” which has an amazing intro which has a definitive classic rock influence but with a flare of modern rock. The first thing your going to notice with Jibe is how amazing their compositions are. In “Children Of The Sun” alone there is at least a half dozen times when Jibe expertly changes the musical aspects of the track to keep the music fresh and interesting. The open and trippy loops that the guitars use during certain parts of the track are phenomenal and would even impress the great Jimmy Page. The song also has a touch of seventies groove rock to it, the track really gets your blood flowing and will have even you most brutal of metal heads smiling from ear to ear.
The next track I want to talk about is “Girl On A Hill”, it’s very hard to even describe this song because of how expertly done it was. The low vocals combined with the reserved drumming and quick loops give off a very aggressive vibe while not loosing the party feeling that Jibe has created throughout the record. About half way through the track a killer guitar solo comes out of no where and will absolutely obliterate you. The high pitched solo pierces the ears and shreds inhumanly fast and loud for about fifteen seconds. The solo breaks back into the tracks chorus and we’re back into the bulk of the song as the guitars and drums come and assert their dominance.
The song “Best I Ever Had” stood out to me from the moment I looked at the track listing. The reason for this was not something you’d expect either, the minute I saw the title I imediatly thought back to that terrible rap song that all the over privileged middle schoolers used to play out loud on their damn Ipods. Luckily for me and the rest of the world Jibe wrote this song and not Drake. On the contrary I wish the kids were playing this on their Ipods it would have given me a lot less migraines. The expert utilization of multiple rock genres is extremely present in this song. The song starts out with a reserved classic rock sounding riff that at the drop of a hat changes into a whole other genre in itself. The percussion takes on a punk sounding drum beat while still complimenting the incredible vocals. We’re even given the gift of another mind numbingly fast guitar solo that works itself into a trippy bridge that could have been out of a Pink Floyd song.
The album closes out with “Bravery” and it is an absolutely phenomenal song! By this point in the record you should already know that Jibe is most definitely not afraid to experiment and put out some risky music, but “Bravery” is something all together. The intro to this song is like nothing I’ve ever heard, the vocals work their way in between a repetitive and spaced out guitar pattern. It sounds chaotic and yet somehow Jibe makes it work, and even when the guitar finally does take on a traditional riff the drums come in with their own funky beat. When the third guitar finally comes in you will feel absolute bliss as the smooth vocals pump out of your speakers. The chorus is expertly done as well, with a great harmonization between the musical aspects of the track and the smooth vocals.
Jibe has put out an incredible record that deserves to be checked out, I’ve only said this once or twice since this site was created but I’m saying it now, you guys have to check this record out. The album is like listening to an instant classic, I can’t think of one song on this record I wouldn’t listen to again. If you're interested in checking out the record and the band I’ll have links posted below!