Tribulation
Where the Gloom Becomes Sound


4.2
excellent

Review

by Dewinged STAFF
January 31st, 2021 | 92 replies


Release Date: 01/29/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Cure to Death.

As some of you may know, Tribulation’s former axe man and main songwriter Jonathan Hultén is no longer a member of the band. After a busy last year that saw him releasing his first solo album and collaborating with the likes of Crippled Black Phoenix with his voice for the enrapturing “The Invisible Past”, Hultén decided to leave Tribulation to focus on different projects outside the band. Fortunately, he wouldn’t call it quits without a final offering to the coven he has been part of for seventeen years, an album that is the culmination of a sound they have been chasing since the conception of 2015’s The Children of the Night. In a way, Where the Gloom Becomes Sound is partly Hulten’s legacy, and it also marks the end and the beginning of an era.

Obviously, the band’s fifth full length resonates beyond Hultén, and this is made clear from the moment “In Remembrance” storms the speakers. Hultén scent is undoubtedly there; those guitar leads that feel like they are drying the blood out of your heart with every note speak of him as much as in the band’s previous effort, Down Below, but the further one descends into this last album, the more apparent it becomes that this is the result of a band reaching some sort of communal enlightenment, and not just the masterwork of a single mind. After all, a written script is no more than words on paper without the actors that breathe life to the scene.

Where the Gloom Becomes Sound, to put it blatantly, sounds like the spawn of Celtic Frost and The Cure, the defiled version of Sisters of Mercy exhumed by a NWOBHM cult to awaken evils of old, with a Johannes Andersson that growls like the undead son of Lemmy and Tom Warrior. Drummer Oscar Leander (ex-Deathstars), who joined the band for the recording of Down Below, sounds like he has settled in nicely at this point, shining throughout the album with a solid and steady performance that leaves some highlights in the faster tracks like “Daughter of the Djinn”. The same goes for Adam Zaar’s guitars, the perfect counterpart for Hulten’s leads, and whose howling riffs are the backbone of Tribulation’s sound.

Continuing where Down Below left off, Tribulation delves deeper into themes of death and the horrors that dwell beyond. “Hour of the Wolf” and “Leviathan”, both released as singles, mark the pace in the first half with gothic resolve, like a poisonous serpent hidden in the sheets, taking its first bite, and leading into the agonic doom of “Dirge of a Dying Soul”. The album is cleaved in half by a piano interlude called “Lethe”. It’s a brief lethargy before “Daughter of the Djinn” is unleashed followed by the frenzied “Elementals”. The vampiric fever runs deep at this point, with church organs and theremin-like guitars announcing the bewitching “Inanna”, which acts as a the final embrace before “Funeral Pyre” chokes the album with a neck twisting riff signaling the end of the descent. “The Wilderness” closes the album in King Diamond fashion, with Hultén and Zaar’s guitars dueling under the moonlight and Johannes’ spectral gutturals exuding the album’s last breath.

Where the Gloom Becomes Sound is Tribulation at its best, a testimony of everything that the band is capable at this point, but also an album weaved and dominated by Hulten’s vision. A new age starts here, with former Enforcer’s Joseph Tholl replacing Hultén on the six strings, so it’ll be interesting to see how this change affects the band in the long run. For now, savor these sweet last drops because you never know; they might be the last you’ll know.



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Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
January 31st 2021


24858 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Well that's it, the infamous 100th review. It had to be for this band cause I love them so fucking much.



"Funeral Pyre": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1P1dqyeODKo&ab_channel=CenturyMediaRecords



"Leviathans": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKRQ0OFHJrg&ab_channel=CenturyMediaRecords



"Hour of the Wolf": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9bJemWw5RQ&ab_channel=CenturyMediaRecords

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zaruyache
January 31st 2021


24295 Comments


1 0 0 wooooooo

Nocte
Staff Reviewer
January 31st 2021


14533 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah that’s a great way to hit a century. Well done Dewi the magnificent.

Gonna have to pencil a listen in early early next week as I’ve just gone and added another dozen death metal albums to the playlist.

Sunnyvale
Contributing Reviewer
January 31st 2021


2566 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The band has five albums, all with a 3.8 average. As consistent as possible!

heck
January 31st 2021


6086 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the new chevelle

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bigguytoo9
January 31st 2021


1096 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"The band has five albums, all with a 3.8 average. As consistent as possible!" Just like THE BODY.

chilledpunkrock
January 31st 2021


86 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Maybe it'll grow on me, but this one feels like a step down from Down Below (haha) in a big way. Down Below still felt very sinister even though it was similarly melodic and it seemed like the songs had more energy to them. This feels a lot more atmospheric and less heavy. Not necessarily worse, but it's noticeable and maybe not what I was looking for with Tribulation.



That said, In Remembrance easily has their best chorus so far. The chords on that going into the melody in the second half of it is amazing, and the transition into the guitar solo with the song getting a lot darker is impeccable.

heck
January 31st 2021


6086 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"This feels a lot more atmospheric and less heavy"



this is exactly why I like this album a lot, it's more atmospheric and overtly gothic than anything they've done before.

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
January 31st 2021


24858 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Agree, full on gothic mode and some real highlights. "In Remembrance", "Leviathans",:"Daughter of the Djinn" and "Funeral Pyre" are early favorites, I know I will end up bumping the rating.

Pikazilla
January 31st 2021


17576 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The goth sound works very well for them, agreed



Congrats on the 100th review, dewi!

porcupinetheater
Contributing Reviewer
January 31st 2021


8112 Comments


Stoked to jam this, Formulas is the only one that really ever spun my head, but they're always fun.

'Grats on the triple dig, Dewi, God damn icon

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
January 31st 2021


24858 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Thanks friends!

Lichtbringer
January 31st 2021


655 Comments


“theremin” not “theramine”
Nice review, will check the album soon.

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
January 31st 2021


24858 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Oh hell, nice catch Litch, thanks!

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
January 31st 2021


16356 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Enhorabuena por su centésima reseña!

I hope I got it right ;)



I'm going to take a peek at this today.



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Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
January 31st 2021


24858 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Perfecto, Notrap, obrigado! Hope you enjoy it!

JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
January 31st 2021


3176 Comments


congrats n happy 100!! will give this a shot today

DDDeftoneDDD
January 31st 2021


17763 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Hell yeah. Very solid Tribulation. Congrats for 100th Dew hermano.

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farmerobama
January 31st 2021


468 Comments


These guys seem to be a consistent 3.8 lol
Congrats on 100 reviews!

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
January 31st 2021


24858 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Thanks brothers, 100 disastrous reviews, but 100 after all!



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