TRIBULATION

Death Metal / Gothic Metal • Sweden
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TRIBULATION is a Swedish death metal act from Arvika, whose style is closer to the Stockholm sound than to the more melodic Gothenburg sound. They started out playing death/thrash metal, shifted towards a more old school Swedish death metal sound, and later became more progressive.

TRIBULATION was formed in 2004 but had functioned as HAZARD in the 2001 - 2004 period and had released a couple of demos under than monicker. The "The Ascending Dead" demo from 2005 was the first release under the TRIBULATION monicker followed by the "Putrid Rebirth" EP in 2006. TRIBULATION released their debut full-length studio album "The Horror" in 2009.

(Biography re-written and edited by UMUR, 20th of May 2015.)



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TRIBULATION The Horror album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
The Horror
Death Metal 2009
TRIBULATION The Formulas of Death album cover 3.92 | 4 ratings
The Formulas of Death
Death Metal 2013
TRIBULATION The Children of the Night album cover 4.18 | 9 ratings
The Children of the Night
Gothic Metal 2015
TRIBULATION Down Below album cover 4.36 | 2 ratings
Down Below
Gothic Metal 2018

TRIBULATION EPs & splits

TRIBULATION Putrid Rebirth album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Putrid Rebirth
Death Metal 2006
TRIBULATION Melancholia album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Melancholia
Gothic Metal 2016
TRIBULATION Lady Death album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lady Death
Gothic Metal 2017

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TRIBULATION The Ascending Dead album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Ascending Dead
Death Metal 2005
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Devilock / Death Comes Ripping
Death Metal 2016

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Death Metal 2015
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Waiting for the Death Blow
Death Metal 2015

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TRIBULATION The Horror

Album · 2009 · Death Metal
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"The Horror" is the debut full-length studio album by Swedish death metal act Tribulation. The album was released through Pulverised Records in January 2009. Tribulation were founded under the Hazard monicker in 2001 but changed their name to Tribulation in 2004. They initially played a fast-paced and brutal death/thrash metal style, but on "The Horror" things have changed.

Instead of the ultra fast-paced and technically well played death/thrash style of the "Putric Rebirth" EP from 2006, which was the band´s last release before "The Horror", Tribulation now leans more towards an old school Swedish type of death metal, but if you listen a bit more closely it´s soon revealed that "The Horror" isn´t your everyday retro death metal album. There are still strong ties to thrash metal, and the music is also generally played with great technical skill. Especially the latter isn´t always true on old school sounding death metal releases. Or maybe more correctly, it´s often not the focus.

The material is delivered with fierce aggression and often in an energetic pace, with snarling growling vocals, rhythmically varied beats and riffs, and blistering guitar solos. This is one of those performances where you can feel they really mean it. The sound production is suitingly raw, yet detailed and clear enough for all instruments and vocals to stand out. "The Horror" is a school example of how to make an album with old school credibility, yet with a different enough twist to it to make it stand out on the scene. The very convincing delivery and the well sounding production are also great assets as mentioned above, so a 4 star (80%) rating isn´t all wrong.

TRIBULATION Putrid Rebirth

EP · 2006 · Death Metal
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"Putrid Rebirth" is an EP release by Swedish death/thrash metal act Tribulation. The EP was released through Blood Harvest in May 2006 and is the band´s first label release. It´s the follow up to the "The Ascending Dead" demo from 2005, which was the band´s first release under the Tribulation monicker. The band functioned under the Hazard monicker in the 2001 - 2004 period.

Tribulation is probably best known for playing old school Swedish death metal with progressive leanings (and later a darker and more gothic tinged style), but on "Putrid Rebirth" they play a technical, aggressive, and ultra-fast death/thrash metal style, which sounds a bit like 1986 Dark Angel on steroids. A reference to their Danish neighbours in Invocator (early) is probably even more valid. This is very raw and aggressive but also played with great skill and conviction. The snarling and vitriol filled growling vocals are very effective and the feature on the EP, which is closest related to death metal. The instrumental part of the music, including the screaming chromatic guitar solos, is brutal and raw thrash metal through and through. The lyrics are your typical death, zombie, and occult themed lyrics.

In addition to the fierce musical performance, and some raw and effective songwriting, the 4 track, 17:53 minutes long EP features a powerful and raw sounding production. I had to look twice when I saw that "Putrid Rebirth" was released in 2006, because the sound is so authentic late 80s/early 90s, that I was convinced I was listening to a lost death/thrash gem from that time. So it´s safe to say the music isn´t very original sounding, but it´s so intense and and well performed that it doesn´t matter much if you appreciate the style. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

TRIBULATION Down Below

Album · 2018 · Gothic Metal
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With 2015’s Children Of The Night Swedes Tribulation had made the move they’d hinted at on The Formulas Of Death into more accessible territory. From early days where they were a blackened death metal band they had diversified their sound considerably to include gothic, traditional and prog metal. The result was a brilliant album of some of the catchiest metal, without resorting to any form of compromise, that I’d heard that year.

The single Lady Death, released late last year, suggested the band would be following a similar path on Down Below. That has proved to be the case but if anything they’ve streamlined the sound more and gone for a simpler and more direct approach, at least for much of the time, immediately apparent from the simple 4/4 drum pattern laid down by new drummer Oscar Leander which comes in on opener The Lament. The strong melodies that were such an integral part of COTN remain intact – we’re talking musically here as vocalist Johannes Andersson still sings with his black/death rasp which is perhaps the only barrier from Tribulation reaching a mainstream rock audience such is the accessibility of these songs. Once again the lead guitar work of Jonathan Hultén and Adam Zaars is fantastic – as I remember saying in my review of COTH they’re more old school with an emphasis on well-chosen notes taking precedence over a blur of notes. The same can be said for guitar work in general with no shortage strong riffs interspersed with arpeggios and licks, the overall feel often having a melancholic vibe no better demonstrated on the instrumental Purgatorio . If anything the second half of the album gets even better, the songs becoming a bit more expansive with more twists and turns - listen to Lacrimosa and album closer Here Be Dragons, the latter in particular with its slow build which is a brilliant way to close the album. The icing on the cake is the top notch production – organic and powerful with a rock solid drum sound.

In terms of style and feel Down Below can be considered Children Of The Night part 2. I wouldn’t say it’s better but if you loved that album as much as I do then this has got to be essential listening for you. So early in the year we’ve had excellent albums from Watain, Hamferð and Sinistro and Tribulation can join that list. At this rate I’ll have my top 10 of 2018 by March!

TRIBULATION Melancholia

EP · 2016 · Gothic Metal
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"Melancholia" is an EP release by Swedish progressive extreme metal act Tribulation. The EP was released through Century Media Records in January 2016. Probably in an attempt to capitalize on the success of the band´s third full-length studio album "The Children of the Night (2015)". "Melancholia" is an EP where you get quite a lot of quantity for your hard earned money, as it features no less than 7 tracks and a full playing time of 42:07 minutes. The quality is another story, but I´ll cover that as we go along.

The EP opens with the regular studio version of "Melancholia" from "The Children of the Night (2015)". It´s a great melodic and hard rocking doom/death metal track, featuring irresistible guitar lead themes, hard rocking rhythms, a dark occult atmosphere, and blackened semi-growling vocals. The next track is a remix version of "Melancholia" subtitled "Steingrim remix", which to my ears is completely redundant, as it ultimately doesn´t sound that different from the original. Track 3 is another remix version of "Melancholia" subtitled "Author & Punisher remix" and this one actually has some merit, as it´s an ambient atmospheric version of "Melancholia", which sounds quite different from the original.

"Pay the Man" follows and it´s a The Offspring cover. I expected a melodic punk rock song, but Tribulation put their own spin on the track, which ends up sounding like a psychadelic jamming doom/death track. I nice little surprise, but nothing too exhilarating. It´s not exclusive to this EP either, as it was already featured as the B-side to the "Waiting for the Death Blow" single from late 2015. Then follow demo versions of "Holy Libations", "The Motherhood of God", and "Winds", which are all tracks featured in their studio versions on "The Children of the Night (2015)". The demo tracks feature professional recording quality, and they are well performed too, but to my ears a bit redundant if you already own "The Children of the Night (2015)".

So the quality and relevance of the material featured on "Melancholia" is a bit up an down. It´s certainly not an EP you can´t live without, and upon conclusion it´s what I´d characterize as a fan item. More casual listeners are adviced to leave this one alone and go purchase "The Children of the Night (2015)" instead. A 3 star (60%) rating is still warranted though.

TRIBULATION The Children of the Night

Album · 2015 · Gothic Metal
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Q: When is a death metal album not a death metal album? A: When it’s Tribulation’s “The Children Of The Night”.

“The Children Of The Night” is the third album from Swedish act Tribulation. It’s been kicking around for quite a few months and I’m only just discovering its wonders late in the year. Getting back to my opening question, it would be too simple and perhaps an injustice to lazily call this a death metal album. Sure, there are elements, but interestingly no blastbeats, but the raspy vocals are as much black metal for starters to my ears. There are black metal touches in the music and gothic too but it also has a traditional 80’s metal vibe. Let’s throw in some prog touches too.

Where this album really shines is in the songwriting department. The music’s not particularly flashy but the melodies are stunning, some of the best I’ve heard all year. While it doesn’t sound like it, I’m reminded of “At War With Reality”, last year’s startling album from fellow Swedes At The Gates. What it shares with that is a strong melancholic vibe to the melodies that lifts it well above the average. This is down to the guitar duo of Jonathan Hulten and Adam Zaars. These guys are such tasteful players and every speed obsessed novice guitarist should be made to sit down and listen to this to see what really makes a great player including some incredible solos. They complement each other perfectly as they expertly weave their parts together. Adding to the overall gothic feel is the use of organ and piano which works very effectively. The compositions also benefit greatly from plenty of light and shade against the heavier riffing.

“The Children Of The Night” is a very mature piece of work and deserves a listen from anyone with even a passing interest in metal as it has a lot to offer to even those who usually steer clear of the more extreme forms of the genre. Approaching the end of 2015 and thinking about the best albums of a great year in metal this is going to be up there in my top 10 for sure.

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