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TRIBULATION is a Swedish death metal act from Arvika. They started out playing death/thrash metal, shifted towards a more old school Swedish death metal sound, and later became more progressive.

TRIBULATION was formed in 2004 but had functioned as HAZARD in the 2001 - 2004 period and had released a couple of demos under than monicker. The The Ascending Dead demo from 2005 was the first release under the TRIBULATION monicker followed by the Putrid Rebirth EP in 2006. TRIBULATION released their debut full-length studio album The Horror in 2009.

In 2012 new drummer Jakob LJUNGBERG joined to replace Jakob JOHANSSON. The remainder of the line-up has remained unchanged since the very beginning featuring Johannes ANDERSSON on vocals and bass, and Jonathan HULTÉN and Adam ZAARS on guitars. Most of these musicians also show up in various related bands such as STENCH and ENFORCER.

In 2013 the band released the epic The Formulas Of Death featuring a much more laid-back and textured approach compared to the brutal death attack of the debut. While still retaining their death metal attack during the sung sections, this largely instrumental 75 minutes album shows many psychedellic as well as progressive and goth influences.

2015 saw the release of The Children of the Night and brought yet another style shift towards more accessible classic metal, still eclectic and textured but with traditional song structures and the vocals again in a much more prominent role.

Biography by Umur / Bonnek

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The Children of the NightThe Children of the Night
Century Media 2015
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HorrorHorror
Import
Pulverised Sweden 2009
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AJNA OFFENSIVE 2013
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The Formulas of Death by Tribulation (2013-05-14)The Formulas of Death by Tribulation (2013-05-14)
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The Horror
2009
4.00 | 3 ratings
The Formulas Of Death
2013
3.80 | 6 ratings
The Children of the Night
2015

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Putrib Rebirth
2006
3.00 | 1 ratings
Melancholia
2016

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 Melancholia by TRIBULATION album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2016
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Melancholia
Tribulation Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

— First review of this album —
3 stars "Melancholia" is an EP release by Swedish progressive extreme metal act Tribulation. The EP was released through Century Media Records in January 2016. Probably in an attempt to capitalize on the success of the bandīs third full-length studio album "The Children of the Night (2015)". "Melancholia" is an EP where you get quite a lot of quantity for your hard earned money, as it features no less than 7 tracks and a full playing time of 42:07 minutes. The quality is another story, but Iīll cover that as we go along.

The EP opens with the regular studio version of "Melancholia" from "The Children of the Night (2015)". Itīs a great melodic and hard rocking doom/death metal track, featuring irresistible guitar lead themes, hard rocking rhythms, a dark occult atmosphere, and blackened semi-growling vocals. The next track is a remix version of "Melancholia" subtitled "Steingrim remix", which to my ears is completely redundant, as it ultimately doesnīt sound that different from the original. Track 3 is another remix version of "Melancholia" subtitled "Author & Punisher remix" and this one actually has some merit, as itīs an ambient atmospheric version of "Melancholia", which sounds quite different from the original.

"Pay the Man" follows and itīs a The Offspring cover. I expected a melodic punk rock song, but Tribulation put their own spin on the track, which ends up sounding like a psychadelic jamming doom/death track. I nice little surprise, but nothing too exhilarating. Itīs not exclusive to this EP either, as it was already featured as the B-side to the "Waiting for the Death Blow" single from late 2015. Then follow demo versions of "Holy Libations", "The Motherhood of God", and "Winds", which are all tracks featured in their studio versions on "The Children of the Night (2015)". The demo tracks feature professional recording quality, and they are well performed too, but to my ears a bit redundant if you already own "The Children of the Night (2015)".

So the quality and relevance of the material featured on "Melancholia" is a bit up an down. Itīs certainly not an EP you canīt live without, and upon conclusion itīs what Iīd characterize as a fan item. More casual listeners are adviced to leave this one alone and go purchase "The Children of the Night (2015)" instead. A 3 star (60%) rating is still warranted though.

 The Children of the Night by TRIBULATION album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.80 | 6 ratings

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The Children of the Night
Tribulation Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars "The Children of the Night" is the 3rd full-length studio album by Swedish progressive extreme metal act Tribulation. The album was released through Century Media Records in April 2015. Since forming in 2001 under the Hazard monicker (they changed their name to Tribulation in 2004), Tribulation has gone through quite the musical development, starting out as an aggressive death/thrash metal act on the "Putrid Rebirth (2006)" EP, changing their sound to a more old school death metal oriented one on their debut full-length studio album "The Horror (2009)", and then morphing into a rather adventurous progressive and psychadelic tinged death metal act on their sophomore studio album "The Formulas of Death (2013)". So naturally itīs not easy to predict the musical direction on "The Children of the Night"...

...but what we have here is yet another change in musical style. The band still uses death metal elements (most obvious in the use of growling vocals), but Iīd probably call this progressive extreme metal over death metal. The use of melody is also very prominent. The many melodic and very well played guitar solos deserve a mention, but there is also use of piano/organ/vintage keyboards, vibraphone, and xylophone in the music, which provides it with a nice organic touch. Iīm sometimes reminded of "Wildhoney (1994)"-era Tiamat, although Tribulation is generally much harder rocking than their fellow countrymen, but an act like Hail Spirit Noir could also be used as a reference (I actually hear a bit Amorphis too).

I feel like Tribulation is closer to finding a unique sound on this album than on any of their previous releases (although "The Formulas of Death (2013)" is also a pretty original sounding release), or at least to finding a sound which they feel comfortable playing. It shows in the conviction of the delivery and the quality of the compositions. In many ways "The Children of the Night" is a less complex album than itīs predecessor, but somehow it still feels more progressive. The fact that the instrumental part of the music doesnīt feature many death metal elements anymore, also makes "The Children of the Night" a very different sounding album to itīs predecessor.

One of the things I had a slight issue with on "The Formulas of Death (2013)", was the fact that the growling vocals werenīt placed high enough in the mix, which occasionally provided them with a monotone sound. They simply didnīt stand out as anything special, but that has been changed on "The Children of the Night", which features fully intelligible growling vocals placed high in the mix. To my ears it makes a world of difference and the impact of listening to the vocals is huge compared with what the vocals gave to the music on the predecessor. The music is generally more catchy too, although the album still requires some spins before all tracks settle.

"The Children of the Night" features a well sounding production. Itīs raw and organic, but also highly detailed, which makes it easy to hear all instruments and vocals in the mix. So "The Children of the Night" is through and through a high quality release and itīs yet another testimony to how innovative and adventure seeking Tribulation is. With their stylistic history I wonīt be surprised if their next album sounds vastly different from this one, but until then "The Children of the Night" is highly recommedable to fans of progressive extreme metal with great melodic flair, yet still featuring a credible amount of darkness for those who crave that. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

Thanks to bonnek for the artist addition.

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