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Trouble : The Skull

One classic Doom-metal band we at doom-metal.com unfortunately never paid the attention it deserves, is Trouble. Somehow they always got lost in between us promoting and talking about other bands. I hope to slightly even the score a bit by writing this review. Although no review can ever capture the pure doom power that is Trouble.

Trouble was one of the most important early forces within doom-metal. Together with a band like Candlemass and St. Vitus they shaped an important part of what is doom-metal today. Together with 'Trouble' (also called 'Psalm 9'), 'The Skull' is by most considered their best effort. An opinion I all too gladly share with my fellow doomsters and Trouble fans. 'The Skull' is the creme de la creme when it comes to traditional doom-metal, sitting side by side with Candlemass's 'Epicus Doomicus Metallicus'.

Although Christian doom bands are a little more common these days, Trouble must have been one of the first. I believe during their heydays some magazines even classed them as "white metal"! Trouble's lyrics do have religious themes, but they don't preach or force themselves upon the listener.

Whatever you may think of Trouble's religious beliefs, 'The Skull' is an absolute highlight in the history of doom-metal. Slow torturous riffs, emotional guitar solo's and songs that drag themselves forth at such a slow and brooding pace you can't help being captured by them. 'The Skull' also has some very nice melodic sections, often followed by long, mournful solo's. Simply superb!

To put it simple, any self-respecting doom fan needs too at least once have heard this album and should actually own it as well! We may have overlooked Trouble when it comes to reviews, but that is not a reason to overlook them in your record collection. Of course, as always when dealing with traditional doom, fans of second-generation doom should listen first and then buy. It might be a bit too much "heavy metal" if you're only into romantic doom bands.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Pray for the Dead
2. Fear no Evil
3. The Wish
4. Truth is - What Is
5. Wickedness of Man
6. Gideon
7. The Skull

Duration : Approx. 43 minutes

Visit the Trouble bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Aldo Quispel
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