Dub War

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Dub War
Origin Newport, South Wales,
United Kingdom
Genres Alternative metal, reggae rock, rap metal
Years active 1993–1999, 2014–present
Labels Words of Warning
Earache Records
Associated acts Mass Mental
Raw Bud
The Jones
The Perfectors
Tribal Clash
Website www.dubwar.co.uk
Members Benji Webbe (Vocals)
Jeff Rose (Guitar)
Richie Glover (Bass)
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.[citation needed] Their lyrics were thoughtful and idealistic, drawing comparisons with the former, though musically they were closer to the hard rock sound of the latter.[citation needed]


Dub War formed in 1993 in Wales, not long after the Words of Dubwarning album was released.[citation needed]

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.[1] 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, 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.[2]

The band performed a low-key show in Newport in 2014 in a one-off reunion. 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.[3] 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.[4]



Year Title
1994 Words of Dubwarning
1995 Pain
1996 Wrong Side of Beautiful
1998 Step Ta Dis
2005 Demos 1998
2010 The Dub, The War and the Ugly


Year Single From the Album UK Singles Chart
1994 "Respected" Words of Dubwarning -
"Mental EP" Pain -
1995 "Gorrit" 85
"Strike It" 70
"Enemy Maker" Wrong Side of Beautiful 41
1996 "Cry Dignity" 59
"Soundclash EP" N/A -
1997 "Million Dollar Love" Wrong Side of Beautiful 73
"Dreams & Illusions" N/A -



  1. ^ "Dub war's 1998 demos". askearache.blogspot.com. Retrieved 22 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "Benji Webbe talks Dub War and Skindred". The Linc. Retrieved 24 October 2015. 
  3. ^ Dub War reunite for Download Festival 2015 Virtual Festivals. 24 May 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  4. ^ Nicky Wire and Newport band Dub War to feature at Velvet Coalmine festival South Wales Argus. 2 June 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 169. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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