Album Review: Tribulation – The Children of the Night

The best thing to come to the Rock n’ Roll world since Ghost, only better! Tribulation comes from Sweden and puts a Black Metal twist on the good ol’ fashioned RnR we are all used to. An album full of solid riffs, huge drums and gritty vocals “Children of the Night” is one that will push boundaries as to what might be expected in blending genres. Upon first listen it takes you on a journey through the the depths of the Scandinavian forests, into the light for a moment just to show you what might be at the end of the tunnel just to rip you back toward the nightmare they have created. The Children of the night are most reminiscent to the Dark Lord Dracula himself, but don’t just take my word for it just look at the creepy Nosferatu creature on the album cover. 635598518675778301 According to guitarist Adam Zaars, “Children of the Night” takes off where “The Formulas of Death” left you (for those unfamiliar Formulas is the bands 2nd album) but gets even ‘Darker’.

Strange Gateways Beckon” the albums lead off song starts with this ominous sound of an organ, similar to what you would hear in the background of a horror movie just before the killer is introduced. When the band kicks in the rest of the album follows suit, a Dark almost horrific listen. Tribulation really get you with their classic instrumentation leading you, under different circumstances*, into an album that would reign along the likes of Sunshine and Rainbows. But, thanks to vocalist Johannes Andersson, his version of the story told is much darker. What could have been a very peaceful dream has suddenly turned the corner and your chance to awaken, safely thrown out the window.

It is almost too hard to choose a favorite track off the album, they weren’t messing around when recording this album. You can tell that their hearts and souls went into each song. You don’t find that too often in bands that are up and coming . . . usually that is found more-so in bands that have been around a while. These days new bands all like to sound the same, rather they find one band that made a sound work and they just duplicate the hell out of it. Its really fucking boring to listen to the radio these days!! Tribulation, however will not be played on the radio. . not because of their harsher sound, but because they don’t sound a thing like Breaking Benjamin 1, 2 or 3. That and well lets face it, at least in America, songs like “In The Dreams of the Dead” or “The Motherhood of God” are not exactly something you hear on the radio these days. 10-15 years ago when there were more Metal Stations out there. . or at least they had the ‘Metal Hour’ sure these songs would have been turned up to 11 in cars around the world. And don’t get me started on “Cauda Pavonis” just listening to the instrumental in the daylight is creepy, I can’t imagine the nightmares hearing it at night or listening to this album on a long drive home at night in the backwoods of whatever part of town you live in!

Tribulation just finished up their tour with Behemoth and Cannibal Corpse, if you were unable to catch it then you missed out. But who are we kidding, these guys are just getting started. You will have plenty of opportunity to Air Guitar, Drum whatever it is you do to their songs in the coming years. If you are looking for something that is fresh check this album out as it will be in stores April 21 in the United States while you lucky Europeans will get your hands on it a day earlier! Preorders are available via Century Media you can follow the link here.

RIYL – Black Sabbath, Nine Covens, Behemoth

Rating: 5 out of 5

“THE CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT” tracklisting (Jewelcase CD/digital album):
1. Strange Gateways Beckon
2. Melancholia
3. In The Dreams Of The Dead 
4. Winds
5. Själaflykt
6. The Motherhood Of God
7. Strains Of Horror
8. Holy Libations
9. Cauda Pavonis
10. Music From The Other

“THE CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT” tracklisting (Mediabook CD):
1. Strange Gateways Beckon
2. Melancholia
3. In The Dreams Of The Dead
4. Winds
5. Själaflykt
6. The Motherhood Of God
7. Strains Of Horror
8. Holy Libations
9. Cauda Pavonis
10. Music From The Other
11. One Hundred Years *
12. Laudanum Dreams *

* bonus tracks (“One Hundred Years” is a cover version of THE CURE)

*Put the music to some classic Stones or ZZ Top lyrics and you have a much different feel to the album.

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