The Scientist, Scientist Rids The World Of The Curse Of The Evil Vampires

Richard Gehr

By Richard Gehr

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
The title really says it all, to be honest.

The scariest musical style known to humankind, dub reggae is a Frankenstein's monster of amputated vocals, eerily echoing drums and guitars, doomful bass lines, sinister sound effects, and a disorienting sense of being lost in a condemned funhouse. On this 1981 dub masterpiece, Scientist (aka Overton Brown) transforms classic cuts from the Wailing Souls 'Fire House Rock and Michael Prophet's Gunman and Righteous Are the Conqueror into creatures from the musical beyond (often with appropriately threatening introductions). The mighty Roots Radics laid down the original tracks as produced by Henry "Junjo" Lawes. Compare and contrast the raw spaciousness of the Wailing Souls '"Fire House Rock" with Scientist's synth-haunted "The Mummy's Shroud" or Prophet's "Hold On to What You've Got" with Scientist's disembodied "Cry of the Werewolf." Wield garlic as necessary.