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Album of the Day: Tribulation – The Children of the Night

Posted on Friday, May 29th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: The Children of the Night, the glorious third album from Swedish metal charmers Tribulation, begins with an invitation. A backdrop of cello, church organ and piano gives way to a midtempo full-band rumble, and then Johannes Andersson grunts like a mad old man curling a finger and commanding you to come along.

“Beckoning the children of the night, the spirits of the undead and the lesser lights,” he sings on ‘Strange Gateways Beckon’. These first two minutes suggest the beginning of some grand adventure—a Tolkien-like walk through the woods, a Dante-like descent into depravity. And they are: A heavy metal record that wanders beyond any comfort zone, the hour-long The Children of the Night is a sprawling, compulsory tale that doesn’t turn dull.

Tribulation - The Children of the Night

Tribulation have never made an album quite like this: More than a decade ago, most of the band played adolescent, hair-whipping trash as Hazard. Five years after a name change, they re-emerged with The Horror, a claustrophobic mixture of death metal, black metal and thrash, intertwined by arty interludes that suggested major ambition. They pursued it unapologetically and even to excess on 2013’s The Formulas of Death, which began with a tambura drone and ended with a shape-shifting 13-minute mess called ‘Apparitions’.

On The Children of the Night, Tribulation push all those influences and ideas toward the center. It’s as if they’ve pondered the relatively populist successes of their fellow countrymen —Ghost B.C., In Flames, even Watain— and rediscovered the value of concision and motion. Psych rock and prog metal, thrash and classic rock commingle in three-to-seven-minute songs, bearing echoes of not just Mercyful Fate and At the Gates but Led Zeppelin and Hawkwind, the Doors and dub.

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Album of the Day: Crypt Sermon – Out of the Garden

Posted on Monday, March 9th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: If you’re a newer band playing a classic form of metal, you need to be concerned with songwriting. With such a strong history behind you, putting together songs worth playing twice is more important than preserving vibes. Philadelphia doom quintet Crypt Sermon prove they’ve got plenty […]

Album of the day: The Body / Thou – You, Whom I Have Always Hated

Posted on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: The Body and Thou must get bored easily. During the last decade, both of these delirious doom metal squads have issued records at startling clips, the pace sometimes so speedy it’s as if they’re desperate to outrun the doomsdays of which they so often yell. Apart […]

Album of the Day: Ascension – The Dead of the World

Posted on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: When I saw the German black metal band Ascension at Maryland Deathfest in 2013, they were among the most memorable acts, largely because it was hard to know what to make of them. After being battered with a weekend of booze and an especially pulverizing set […]

Album of the Day: Anatomy of Habit – Ciphers + Axioms

Posted on Monday, January 12th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: For the noise musician Mark Solotroff, Ciphers + Axioms ends in very familiar territory. For eight minutes, amplifiers and instruments scream the sort of feedback, static, and clipped tones that are endemic both to his caterwauling power-electronics band Bloodyminded and his long-running extreme experimental imprint, Bloodlust! […]

Album of the day: Teitanblood – Death

Posted on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: Spanish duo Teitanblood have never cared much for niceties, preferring to lambast their hapless listeners with walls of horrific noise. Death, their second full-length is a bitter pill to swallow. Their sound is ugly and intense; it’s not all black metal, and though some of the […]

Album of the Day: Swans – To Be Kind

Posted on Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: Swans were hardly the first 1980s underground-rock fixtures to resurface in the new millennium, and they’re not the only ones who’ve resisted the nostalgic trappings of reunion tours to make a respectable showing as a rebooted recording act. But they are the rare band of their […]

Album of the Day: Oren Ambarchi, Stephen O’Malley and Randall Dunn – Shade Themes From Kairos

Posted on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: Yes, indeed, Shade Themes from Kairos includes a gorgeous metal-plated drone, the sort of 21-minute electric yogic saga you might expect from the triumvirate responsible for this five-track album. Though Stephen O’ Malley, Randall Dunn, and Oren Ambarchi have exhausting rosters of collaborations and contributions, their […]

Album of the Day: Agalloch – The Serpent & The Sphere

Posted on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: For a band that’s spent the last 15 years gracefully and aggressively testing the limits of the sound that heavy metal makes, Portland’s Agalloch have committed very few errors. From 1999’s primitively produced but ambitiously built Pale Folklore to 2010’s arching and magnetic Marrow of the […]

Album of the Day: Woods of Desolation – As The Stars

Posted on Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: Known as D., the musician behind Woods of Desolation has been a prolific member of the Australian metal community for years, gaining notoriety for two now discontinued projects, Forest Mysticism and Grey Waters (with Tim Yatras of Germ). Woods of Desolation’s catalog serves as a logical […]

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