Tribulation Emerging from the darkness of the Swedish death metal abyss in 2004, the band immediately stood apart from what was already a crowded scene, betraying an uncompromising vision that refused to be shackled by any genre stereotypes.
Tribulation has a strong influence from melodic death metal, where the vocal style of Johannes Andersson lies at the intersection between death and black vocals. You will find clear elements from thrash and hard rock in the music of the Swedes, and they ingeniously manage to create a unique sound.
On January 29th, Tribualation will release their new album, Where The Gloom Becomes Sound, via Century Media Records worldwide excluding North America. For a first impression of the album, the video for its first single Leviathans is produced by Ulf Lundén.
The band states about the Leviathans, «Your first morsel to the gloom-made soundscape of our new album is something that we conjured up from the cataracts and that comes in the shape of a torrential flood, an oblation to the spirits of the sea and of change, to the Leviathans!».
Tribulation entered Linus Björklund’s Studio Ryssviken in April and exited (informally) nearly two months later. The group – guitarists Adam Zaars and Jonathan Hultén, Johannes Andersson (vocals/bass), and Oscar Leander (drums) – used the first 10 days of their studio time to rehearse. Once the bone-oil had sufficiently run its course, the group and co-producer Jamie Elton started to hammer into the rudiments of the recording process. Elton, who also serves as Tribulation`s soundman and is a long-time friend, took the reins from Martin Ehrencrona, who helmed the 2018 Down Below sessions. The 2018 track Lament,
Together, they crafted a well-appointed production, one that’s luxuriously grim and auricularly inviting. Where The Gloom Becomes Sound was then given to Grammy-nominated producer Tom Dalgety (Ghost, Rammstein) to mix at Psalm Studios. Once the mixing was finished – Dalgety would send over versions from his studio in Wales – Tribualtion re-enlisted Magnus Lindberg at Redmount Studios in Stockholm to master.
The band’s resulting fifth full-length indisputably elevates the Swedes to the highest echelons. The source of their glinting darkness: a yawning, bottomless rift deep within. «We immersed ourselves in the world of myth and magic», says Zaars. «With a specific focus on elemental magic, and the elements, in general, from both the Western and Indian esoteric traditions, not the Buddhist four elements but the five elements. Myth and magic are obviously not something new in the world of Tribulation but it got a bit more specific on this album. We just present it from a slightly different perspective».
Where the Gloom Becomes Sound isn’t representative of monumental change, but rather the accrual of ambition over time in conjunction with continued exposure to and profound experiments with crossroads devilry. Being their most expressive and inventive album to-date, where it will take them is only to greatness and with reverence.
Where the Gloom Becomes Sound track-listing:
1. In Remembrance
2. Hour of the Wolf
4. Dirge of a Dying Soul
6. Daughter of the Djinn
9. Funeral Pyre
10. The Wilderness
The Dhampir, Pt. I *
The Dhampir **