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Tribulation - Down Below

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Release date: 26 January 2018
Style: Gothic metal


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The Best Gothic Metal Album Of 2018

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For many, the Swedish four piece that is Tribulation reached the peak of their ambition in songwriting with 2013's The Formulas Of Death, a challenging, polymorphic mix of death metal, black metal, and dark, ethereal atmospheres. Children Of The Night followed in 2015, a curveball that saw the band really cranking up the gothic influences. While good, it felt a little unrefined, as if it was sort of the missing link between The Formulas and an excellent new album in the future. This year, Down Below is indeed that "excellent new album."

published 28.02.2018 | Comments (12)

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23.08.2019 - 09:57
Rating: 8
Troy Killjoy
Gothic metal as it should be. Gothic. And metal.

Too many times you come across that descriptor and think to yourself, oh great, more high school girlfriend drivel I have to pretend I'm into so we can stay up late listening to her favorite songs while I'm just waiting for the moment she lets me take her bra off.

Bras suck anyway. You've been scammed, ladies. Aside from you medically malfunctioning mammary mamas out there. They're bunk. Those early wave feminists got it right. Now show me bob and vagene.

Anyway, this is a... surprising album. That's a red flag of a word, but accurate based on what lies beneath. It's not like you're going from The 69 Eyes to prehistoric Anathema, which may be what that gothic metal tag has you thinking. But it also isn't necessarily Tiamat (which stylistic era am I right). Instead, this is more like a true haunting horror movie in music form, psychologically pretty tame, but atmospherically unsettling as fuck. It's macabre in the base sense, with semi-low-pitched growled vocals, bouncing drums and energetic guitar licks bordering on groovy from start to finish.

This is the kind of shit you'd expect Anne Rice vampires to rock out to during some underground club sexcapade orgy and I'm not really sure I can explain it better than that. And even though it isn't my personal preference, it's about as good as you can expect from the genre, so take that or leave it.
"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something."
23.08.2019 - 10:11
X-Ray Rod
Written by Troy Killjoy on 23.08.2019 at 09:41

Written by X-Ray Rod on 06.02.2018 at 18:04
Two dear friends hated this album and I can't fucking get it.

I hope you unfriended them.

I dont see them too often nowdays haha. They are cool people but the inconsistency of liking all the previous albums and hating this one so much kind of made me confused!

The Anne Rice comment was spot on btw.
Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
23.08.2019 - 10:30
Rating: 8
Troy Killjoy
Written by X-Ray Rod on 23.08.2019 at 10:11
The Anne Rice comment was spot on btw.

It was merely a point of fact. There's no more renowned undead queen of the gothic orgy party than the legendary Anne Rice. That horny old devil woman shat albums like this out her vampire-cum-filled mouth before metal was even invented.
"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something."

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