Tribulation
Down Below


4.5
superb

Review

by Lord Pork USER (16 Reviews)
January 26th, 2018 | 32 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Trudging onto darker pathways.

Sporadically, artists will venture into different territories of music, including varying tones and moods. Whether this is delving into the realms of optimism, joy or melancholia, the subsequent result is an often vast characteristic change many are not yet accustomed to. On 'Down Below', Tribulation have drifted into a more gloomy domain, whilst maintaining their established character.

'The Lament' serves as album opener, and is oozing with the gothic tendencies of the band's foregoing endeavours. Ranging from rather classical guitar segments to the more sombre piano instalments, this song confirms these characteristics are set to stay, and do so throughout the record's entirety. From this, comes an album rife with piano and occasionally synth overlays to the aggressive instrumentation, complementing the more glossy production value well.

On the subject of instrumental aspects, the band seem to be in superlative form here, sporting impressive degrees of quality throughout the 45 minute runtime. Surprisingly complex song structures are present here, much like that found on the closer 'Here Be Dragons', which boasts exceptional guitar work, and serves as a fitting conclusion. The drums make their presence inescapable with their frequently intense pounding, and serve as a solid backbone to the record, along with the bass, which has possibly the strongest performance here. It is rarely heard hiding behind the imposing guitar work, being utilising to an almost optimal extent, occasionally soaring into petite, albeit enjoyable bass solos.

The vocals found within this record are not too varied, and whilst they are not poor death growls by any means, they do not add much variation. Yet, when coupled with the morbid atmosphere and starkly unpleasant lyrical themes, they perform as an amplifier to the gloominess already present. When considering this, it becomes clear how meticulous Tribulation are in their craft, fabricating incredibly cohesive music that carries many enjoyable elements.

Ultimately, 'Down Below' is a record with much of the fat from previous efforts trimmed off, and the core constituents ameliorated to present a truly outstanding listen. The theatrical nature of tracks like 'The World' and intense instrumentals amalgamate marvellously well, displaying how this album serves a calibre of Gothic Metal much higher than most others. The sheer grandiosity of this record makes it one not to be missed by any fan of Gothic Metal, and serves as a testimony to how Tribulation are a band at their peak.



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Chamberbelain CONTRIBUTOR (4)
The sword in the darkness...

manosg STAFF (4)
With Down Below, Tribulation seem to have finally perfected their current sound....


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BlackwaterPork
January 26th 2018


4257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah this record is the absolute tits, really hope this review could do it some justice

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Elynna
January 26th 2018


267 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Amazing review, band knocked it out of the park with this one

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Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
January 26th 2018


2925 Comments


gotta hear dis

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BlackwaterPork
January 26th 2018


4257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Aw cheers mate, means a lot

And yeah, they really hit the nail directly on the head here

bloc
January 26th 2018


52454 Comments


Never really got into these guys

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Dewinged
January 26th 2018


11360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

A Pork review! So is this dat good!? Gonna have to check it out.

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BlackwaterPork
January 26th 2018


4257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah this is the tits

Astral Abortis
January 26th 2018


6736 Comments


Accustomed*

BlackwaterPork
January 26th 2018


4257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fixed, cheers mate

Chamberbelain
Contributing Reviewer
January 26th 2018


106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Beat me to it! Really is a great record. Love the art as well.

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BlackwaterPork
January 26th 2018


4257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Damn that’s a change, you used to beat me to everything

Essence
January 26th 2018


6233 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

stoked, gonna jam

Ebola
January 26th 2018


3311 Comments


damn this shit is fire

BlazinBlitzer
January 26th 2018


1155 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It takes a couple of songs to hit its stride, but when it does, it goes full speed and never looks back.

Flugmorph
January 26th 2018


19140 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuck yeah

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Hellscythe
January 26th 2018


2934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is everything i hoped it would be

Xenophanes
Staff Reviewer
January 26th 2018


1400 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don’t get the cross over hype with this band but they’re still mad decent

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zaruyache
January 26th 2018


19737 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

First track giving me Dark Tranquility vibes.

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dbizzles
January 26th 2018


12284 Comments


Heyyy, nice review. Gonna be jamming this at some point this weekend.

manosg
Staff Reviewer
January 26th 2018


11273 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Preparing a review for this one so I won't read yours yet even though I'm sure it's really good.



This is such a great album, I can see it on numerous AOTY lists already because it also seems to get better with each listen.

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