The American alternative band Incubus have got a rich concert experience and a considerable selection of studio albums, which made them one of the best representatives of the genre so much popular in the new millennium. The group assembled in 1991 in a little Californian town with the lineup uniting old school friends. At the break of their creative life, the musicians followed Red Hot Chili Peppers and played the stuff far different from what they developed in the next years. Gradually, the young men began adding to their music elements of thrash metal, grunge and alternative rock to build up their own style with the weakest possible influence. After finishing school, they went into active touring with regular concerts all over the state of California. In 1995, Incubus recorded and released independently the Fungus Amongus album. Solid connections and strong support helped the group get in touch with a affiliate of Epic to sign a contract quickly.
The Incubus first official release was the six-track EP Enjoy Incubus, issued in the early 1997. The same year, the group prepared their debut long player, S.C.I.E.N.C.E.. This was followed by a streak of impressive shows as a supporting act for more famous performers to help Incubus enlarge their fan army remarkably. In summer 1998, the group was selected as a participant of the Ozzfest festival. At the same time, the Californian outfit took part in the promo tour organized by Korn for their new album Family Values. After that, Incubus escaped to the studio focusing in the preparation of their subsequent album. Titled Make Yourself, it arrived late in 1999. The record failed to reach high positions in the charts, yet it soled steadily and eventually became double platinum. The album featured the track Drive, the band’s first song to become a big pop hit. This composition’s performance and the group’s constant strong concerts constituted the perfect circumstances for the release of the new long player. Called Morning View, the record hit the stores in the autumn of 2001. The very fact of its debuting second in the charts witnessed of the group’s rise to the fame compared to that of the most celebrated contemporary rock acts. The album contained the songs that perfectly matched the requirements of both rock and pop stations. A moment arrived when Incubus were no longer a supporting act for anybody.
In the early 2003, Incubus had a bitter contractual dispute with their label Sony. The situation led to the court and cancellation of the current agreement between the old partners. Nevertheless, the parties decided to work out a new contract and continue their cooperation. In the first half of 2004, Incubus presented their subsequent studio effort, A Crow Left of the Murder. The record reached the second position in the Billboard Top 200. Having played several shows to support this release, the musicians took a long anticipated break. They spent two following years apart from each other and from their main project trying their skills in the other fields of arts. However, the members of the group remembered to think over the material for the sixth album. The making of this record started in 2006 with the recording process taking place in Los Angeles and Atlanta. The rest seemed to help the musicians a lot. Issued in November 2006, Light Grenades was accepted as one of the group’s strongest albums ever recorded. It took Incubus three more years to present their fans with the new release. That was a huge collection of singles and unreleased songs, Monuments and Melodies, with duration of more than a hundred minutes.