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Trouble : Trouble

Trouble are a band from Chicago, Illinois. They are seen by many as one of the originators of doom metal together with Witchfinder General, Saint Vitus and Pentagram. Their sound is of course influenced a lot by Black Sabbath, but also by Judas Priest (the band say so themselves).

The production of this album is very weak and obscure (the worst of their entire catalogue), but it fits very well with the overall gloom atmosphere and the lyrics that are dark and actually Christian inspired. The themes are maybe like traditional heavy metal themes, but with a positive perspective. Through the entire album, the guitar work of Bruce Franklin and Rick Wartell is excellent (especially on the instrumental 'Endtime'). They have their own unique style of riffing, influenced very much by Iommi except for soloing, which sounds more heavy metal like.

The vocals may not be every one's cup of tea. I heard Eric Wagner being compared with Axl Rose, but I wouldn't go that far, maybe Robert Plant is a good reference point. I think his vocals are better on other albums (S/T and later), somewhat stronger with better vocal melodies. The track 'The Tempter' opens the album and stands as their slowest here, it is their 'Black Sabbath'. There's also a Cream cover of 'Tales of Brave Ulysses', which fits perfectly into the album.

Overall, a classic doom metal album together with 'The Skull'. The others are also great albums, but they are less doomy and more rocking.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. The Tempter
2. Assassin
3. Victim Of The Insane
4. Revelation (Life Or Death)
5. Bastards Will Pay
6. The Fall Of Lucifer
7. Endtime
8. Psalm 9
9. Tales Of Brave Ulysses

Duration : Approx. 44 minutes

Visit the Trouble bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Baron-sam
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