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Review: Tribulation - Where the Gloom Becomes Sound
Tribulation
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Where the Gloom Becomes Sound

Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2021
Duration: 48:24
Tracks: 10
Genre: Gothic Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: June 23, 2021
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Where the Gloom Becomes Sound

Rated 4.2/5 (84%) (5 Votes)
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I'm new to Sweden's Tribulation with this album, so no comparisons to their earlier work. Where the Gloom Becomes Sound sounded quite different from what I'm used to and, well, as it turns out they're largely categorized as Gothic metal these days, after earlier days of death and black metal, so that explains the subtleties I'm hearing here. This is not purely Gothic – so much so that I hesitated before labelling it as such – and no doubt the band's previous ventures into other genres have a lot to do with the variety on display here. The album actually has quite a bit of a doomy vibe, and the vocals are a black metal rasp that strangely sounds kind of melodic, reminding me a little bit in "vibe" of Cradle of Filth but not in style, as this is not nearly as annoying (I'm not a big fan of Dani's vocals). The music itself is very melodic but nonetheless heavy and has a beat that just grabs you and doesn't let go, especially on the faster songs. Some songs come off a little epic, some downright rockers, some doomier but not of the depressing variety, just slow, heavy and kind of relaxing (mind you, my definition of "relaxing" can be different from the norm...) There's a lot to take in on Where the Gloom Becomes Sound and it's one of those albums that benefits from multiple listens to discover its many layers. If you're in the mood for something melodic and relaxing yet can still rock here and there, this is worth checking out.

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