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Founded in Arvika, Sweden in 2001 (up until 2004 known as Hazard)

TRIBULATION 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.

Photo by Ester Segarra

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

NOTE: Not to be confused with another (earlier) Swedish metal band of the same name (not on PA)

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3.91 | 3 ratings
The Horror
2009
3.93 | 8 ratings
The Formulas Of Death
2013
3.87 | 11 ratings
The Children Of The Night
2015
4.00 | 4 ratings
Down Below
2018

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3.00 | 1 ratings
Putrib Rebirth
2006
2.90 | 2 ratings
Melancholia
2016

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 The Formulas Of Death by TRIBULATION album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.93 | 8 ratings

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The Formulas Of Death
Tribulation Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
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4 stars "The Formulas of Death" is the 2nd full-length studio album by Swedish death metal act Tribulation. The album was released through Invictus Productions/The Ajna Offensive in March 2013. Itīs been a few years since the release of "The Horror (2009)", and thereīs been one lineup change as drummer Jakob Johansson has been replaced by Jakob Ljungberg.

However judging by the sound of "The Formulas of Death" the longer recording break probably had little to do with lineup changes and more to do with time spend with the development of the bandīs sound. Tribulation were founded under the Hazard monicker in 2001 but changed their name to Tribulation in 2004. They initially played a fast-paced and brutal death/thrash metal style, which is also heard on the "Putrid Rebirth" EP from 2009. They tweaked their sound towards a more old school type of death metal on their debut full-length studio album "The Horror (2009)" (still with nods towards more aggressive death/thrash though), but has changed their sound again on "The Formulas of Death". This time around the listener is treated to a progresive and psychadelic tinged death metal that is quite unusual sounding.

The material on the 11 track, 75:48 minutes long album is generally pretty adventurous with both long structures and innovative ideas. Thereīs a retro 70s feel to some of the proceedings, but itīs only an element of the bandīs sound. The organic sounding production further enhances that feeling. This is still old school death metal in many ways though, and at times also rather brutal, but seldom for long before a laid back psychadelic section kicks in, or a tempo change or break leads to something else. The tracks are still pretty consistent though, and nothing feels completely out of place or forced. Itīs music that takes a bit of getting used to though, and to my ears the growling vocals (which are actually higher pitced and aggressive rather than deep and growling) are slightly monotone and could easily have prospered from more variation (and a higher place in the mix).

Upon conclusion "The Formulas of Death" is a very bold move by Tribulation, which could have sunk their career by alienating their fans, but as far as I understand itīs an album which has received almost universal praise. And itīs obvious why. The songwriting is simply on a higher level than on most contemporary releases on the scene and paired with strong musicianship, and a very well sounding production, "The Formulas of Death" ultimately comes off as a very high quality release. There are a few issues like the ones mentioned above and the too long playing time is also a slight issue, but other than that itīs a great release for fans of innovative/progressive old school death metal with a psychadelic twist and a 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

 The Horror by TRIBULATION album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.91 | 3 ratings

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The Horror
Tribulation Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
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4 stars "The Horror" is the debut full-length studio album by Swedish death metal act Tribulation. The album was released through Pulverised Records in January 2009. Tribulation were founded under the Hazard monicker in 2001 but changed their name to Tribulation in 2004. They initially played a fast-paced and brutal death/thrash metal style, but on "The Horror" things have changed.

Instead of the ultra fast-paced and technically well played death/thrash style of the "Putric Rebirth" EP from 2006, which was the bandīs last release before "The Horror", Tribulation now leans more towards an old school Swedish type of death metal, but if you listen a bit more closely itīs soon revealed that "The Horror" isnīt your everyday retro death metal album. There are still strong ties to thrash metal, and the music is also generally played with great technical skill. Especially the latter isnīt always true on old school sounding death metal releases. Or maybe more correctly, itīs often not the focus.

The material is delivered with fierce aggression and often in an energetic pace, with snarling growling vocals, rhythmically varied beats and riffs, and blistering guitar solos. This is one of those performances where you can feel they really mean it. The sound production is suitingly raw, yet detailed and clear enough for all instruments and vocals to stand out. "The Horror" is a school example of how to make an album with old school credibility, yet with a different enough twist to it to make it stand out on the scene. The very convincing delivery and the well sounding production are also great assets as mentioned above, so a 4 star (80%) rating isnīt all wrong.

(Originally posted on Metal Music Archives)

 Putrib Rebirth by TRIBULATION album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2006
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Putrib Rebirth
Tribulation Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
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— First review of this album —
3 stars "Putrid Rebirth" is an EP release by Swedish death/thrash metal act Tribulation. The EP was released through Blood Harvest in May 2006 and is the bandīs first label release. Itīs the follow up to the "The Ascending Dead" demo from 2005, which was the bandīs first release under the Tribulation monicker. The band functioned under the Hazard monicker in the 2001 - 2004 period.

Tribulation is probably best known for playing old school Swedish death metal with progressive leanings (and later a darker and more gothic tinged style), but on "Putrid Rebirth" they play a technical, aggressive, and ultra-fast death/thrash metal style, which sounds a bit like 1986 Dark Angel on steroids. A reference to their Danish neighbours in Invocator (early) is probably even more valid. This is very raw and aggressive but also played with great skill and conviction. The snarling and vitriol filled growling vocals are very effective and the feature on the EP, which is closest related to death metal. The instrumental part of the music, including the screaming chromatic guitar solos, is brutal and raw thrash metal through and through. The lyrics are your typical death, zombie, and occult themed lyrics.

In addition to the fierce musical performance, and some raw and effective songwriting, the 4 track, 17:53 minutes long EP features a powerful and raw sounding production. I had to look twice when I saw that "Putrid Rebirth" was released in 2006, because the sound is so authentic late 80s/early 90s, that I was convinced I was listening to a lost death/thrash gem from that time. So itīs safe to say the music isnīt very original sounding, but itīs so intense and and well performed that it doesnīt matter much if you appreciate the style. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

(Originally posted on Metal Music Archives)

 Melancholia by TRIBULATION album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2016
2.90 | 2 ratings

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Melancholia
Tribulation Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
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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
3.87 | 11 ratings

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The Children Of The Night
Tribulation Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
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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.

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