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Newport, South Wales,|
|Genres||Alternative metal, reggae, nu metal, rap metal, ragga jungle|
|Years active||1993–1999, 2014–present|
Saint Ringland Records|
Words of Warning
Benji Webbe (Vocals)|
Mikee Gregory (Drums)
Jeff Rose (Guitar)
Richie Glover (Bass)
|Past members||Martin 'Ginge' Ford (Drums)|
Dub War are a four-piece metal band from Newport, South Wales, UK. Formed in 1993, the band offered an innovative mix of metal, punk, and ragga influenced by bands like The Clash and Bad Brains. Their lyrics were thoughtful and idealistic, drawing comparisons with the former, though musically they were closer to the hard rock sound of the latter.
Dub War formed in 1993 in Wales, not long after the Words of Dubwarning album was released.
The band released two albums, via the metal label Earache Records; Pain, released in 1995 and Wrong Side of Beautiful in 1996. Dub War split in 1999 after disputes with their label. After a short stint with the supergroup Mass Mental, lead singer Benji Webbe went on to form Skindred with Jeff Rose and Martyn Ford, although the latter left early on citing mistreatment from their label.
In 2010, Digby Pearson of Earache Records approached Webbe with the idea of releasing a DVD of the then last Dub War show and previous video. The DVD was released as a box set including a CD of rare recordings.
The band performed a low-key show in Newport in 2014 in a one-off reunion, using Mikee Gregory on drums, replacing Martin 'Ginge' Ford. However, in May 2015, after Ghost Town withdrew their spot, Dub War were announced for a special half-hour set on the 4th Stage at Download Festival. This was followed by the announcement that they'll appear at the 2015 Velvet Coalmine Festival in south Wales, along with acts like Meat Puppets and Nicky Wire.
In March 2016 the group released a new single, their first since 1997, called "Fun Done". The track premiered on TeamRock on March 2, 2016. The song is the first of a planned set of 12 singles to be released on a limited 500 copy vinyl every time the band performs one of their sporadic shows over the next 2-3 years, before being released together on CD and digitally.
|1994||Words of Dubwarning|
|1996||Wrong Side of Beautiful|
|1998||Step Ta Dis|
|2010||The Dub, The War and the Ugly|
|Year||Single||From the Album||UK Singles Chart|
|1994||"Respected"||Words of Dubwarning||-|
|"Enemy Maker"||Wrong Side of Beautiful||41|
|1997||"Million Dollar Love"||Wrong Side of Beautiful||73|
|"Dreams & Illusions"||N/A||-|
|"Making a Monster"||-|
- "Dub war's 1998 demos". askearache.blogspot.com. Retrieved 22 December 2009.
- "Benji Webbe talks Dub War and Skindred". The Linc. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
- Dub War reunite for Download Festival 2015 Virtual Festivals. 24 May 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
- Nicky Wire and Newport band Dub War to feature at Velvet Coalmine festival South Wales Argus. 2 June 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
- Listen to a brand new song by Dub War TeamRock. 2 March 2016. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
- Skindred's Benji Webbe has reformed Dub War and plans to release 12 records Wales Online. 19 March 2016. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 169. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.