TRIBULATION "Where The Gloom Becomes Sound" Mediabook CD (Century Media Records 2021)
Oh, Leviathans! Sweden's kings of gothic, deathly metal have returned with new album, Where the Gloom Becomes Sound. Moored by an incredible songwriting team, developed by a brilliant production team, and aesthetically in a league of their own, it’s a wonder Tribulation aren't playing stadiums. OK, they have and likely will continue to, but that’s not the point. Where the Gloom Becomes Sound is a masterclass in all things tenebrous and creepy. The Swedes have crafted a sonic fingerprint unlike any other by fusing heavy metal, death metal, hard rock, and (Swedish) folk music into what can only be described as the "Tribulation sound." Offer Tribulation: "The music is heavier this time around. But that has to do with the way the songs were written. Sound-wise, it's even more luxurious. It's polished. It's bigger. And it's fatter. There's a big range, I think, to the songs themselves. So, there's also a bit of change in there. I would hope by this point people would be used to change in Tribulation. I will say the horror element is still and always will be present." Throughout Where the Gloom Becomes Sound, Tribulation trumpet the sounds of the Other, an electrified double-door to magic, myth, and mystery. Tracks like "In Remembrance," "Hour of the Wolf," "Leviathans," "Inanna," and "The Wilderness" are the five elements, stygian and photophobic in concert. Whereas "Daughter of the Djinn," "Funeral Pyre," "Dirge of a Dying Soul," and piano instrumental "Lethe" are the other five, macabre and wraithlike like a cemetery at 3 a.m. The immaculate production was helmed by Tribulation, producer Jamie Elton, mixing ace Tom Dalgety (Ghost, Rammstein), and mastering star Magnus Lindberg (Lucifer, Dool). March with Tribulation as they traverse the fuliginous depths and the gleaming outer heavens on Where the Gloom Becomes Sound.