CD review TRIBULATION ‘Where the Gloom Becomes Sound’

There’s a lot going on at the Tribulation camp. The Swedish quartet presents with ‘Where the Gloom Becomes Sound’ their fifth album and manage once again to top the previous one in terms of quality.
Ten new songs reflect a band where stagnation is not an issue. With ‘Where the Gloom becomes Sound’ Tribulation manages to present their most mature album so far. In addition, the record is a kind of farewell gift from Jonathan Hultén, who wrote the album basically by himself, who can be listened to on the longplayer and who in the meantime has left the band.

Tribulation started as a death metal band and in the course of time have shifted their musical direction to dark and melancholic sounds. This was already evident on the last album and finds its logical continuation with ‘Where the Gloom Becomes Sound’.

It starts with ‘In Rememberance’, a dark and almost theatrical opener, where the band was supported by Robert Pehrsson and Joseph Toll. The song has a certain ‘hit potential’ as it combines hardness, melody and darkness in an amazing way. The driving beat and brilliant chorus completes all this.

In general it can be said that wherever you drop the needle, you get exceptionally good music in return. The rather sinister ‘Leviathan’ is an example of sounds from the abyss of darkness and it’s moments like ‘Lethe’, a piano interlude, that give the album extra moments of electricity. ‘Lethe’ is a peaceful element on a longplayer that is generally dedicated to the beauty of darkness and the irresistibility of gloom.

A word about the album title. ‘Where the Gloom Becomes Sound’ is inspired by a line of lyrics from the German darkwave artists Sopo Aeternus & the Ensemble of Shadows. Tribulation had been impressed by this for some time and now was the right moment to pay homage to one of their sources of inspiration.

‘Where the Gloom Becomes Sound’ is a bittersweet masterpiece and certainly a first highlight in the still relatively new 2021. On the one hand, the album should be seen and enjoyed as a Gesamtkunstwerk. On the other hand it is the passion for detail that guarantees an unconditional pleasure of listening for a long time. What remains is the question how the future of Tribulation will look like without Hultén. Worries about the quartet are certainly misplaced since the band has permanently faced changes and stagnation has never been an issue. Tribulation has not leaned back on their successes, but has always integrated new influences into their sound. The future will reveal where Tribulation is heading to and in the meantime fans have with ‘ Where the Gloom Becomes Sound’ an album they will enjoy for a long time.

Rating: 9 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. In Remembrance
  2. Hour of the Wolf
  3. Leviathans
  4. Dirge of a Dying Soul
  5. Lethe
  6. Daughter of the Djinn
  7. Elementals
  8. Inanna
  9. Funeral Pyre
  10. The Wilderness

Label: Century Media

Genre: Dark Metal

Release Date EU: January 29th, 2021

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