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Music Review: Tribulation CD: The Formulas of Death

Music Review: Tribulation

CD: The Formulas of Death

Label: Invictus/Ajna Offensive (North America)

Available: Now in Europe/ May 14th North America

by: TJ Fowler

OFFICIAL WEBSITES:

http://www.tribulation.se

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tribulation-Official/169889709720460

 

HOLY SHIT!!!!  I think I just found a Black Metal band(well the band claims to be Death Metal so what the hell do I know, they still sound like they have Black(Death) Metal Elements in their music) I can listen to and not only listen to but also kind of enjoy.  Tribulation’s ‘The Formulas of Death’ does have some of the standards you find in Black(Death) Metal bands such as the blast beats, soul searing vocals and one note shredding.  However, these are all mixed in with great musical compositions that go beyond your typical Black metal standards that make ‘The Formulas of Death’ stand out from the crowd and what makes it an enjoyable listen.  It’s almost like a Black(Death)/Thrash metal mix in terms of guitar work. Continue reading Music Review: Tribulation CD: The Formulas of Death

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Music Review: Enthrone the Unborn CD: And The Sky Is Ours

Music Review: Enthrone the Unborn

CD: And The Sky Is Ours

Label: 57 Records

Available: Now

By: Tj Fowler

 

I initially thought about not reviewing Enthrone the Unborn’s, ‘And the Sky is Ours’ as I have never been a fan of the growl/razor blade vocals that you find common in Death Metal and Black Metal bands.  I felt maybe since I’m not inclined to that type of musical or vocal style it wouldn’t be fair of me to try and review this band or its album.  However, I have reviewed some Black Metal bands and tried to remain objective and I will try to do so here.  Just bear in mind…I’m not a fan of the vocals at all.  That’s not saying that they don’t have merit, it’s just not my personal taste and I know obviously Death Metal bands must be doing something right because they are around and people buy their stuff.   So take what you read here in this review with a grain of salt and if you don’t agree with me…by all means let me know. Sticks and stones and all that shit.

When I first turned on ‘And The Sky Is Ours’ musically it kind of started out with some nice synths and music I thought could turn into some sort of orchestrated or sci-fi themed album.  That my friends did not turn out to be the case.  From reading the lyrics in the CD sleeve the songs are about doomed love, doomed life, dark rituals and other strange tales.  That in my book is cool subject matter for songs, however the vocals to me do not help covey the imagery I would like to envision when listening to the tunes.  They are just too abrasive for my tastes and do not seem to fit the songs.

As for the music, I also didn’t hear much that really seemed to set the band apart.  Vocals aside, I can appreciate the music in Death Metal bands and such but in ‘And The Sky Is Ours’ there didn’t really seem to be anything to really elevate the band to make their sound seem distinct or unique.  I eventually found myself having a hard time trying to pay attention to the music and wanting the CD to end just to get it over with.  I wish I could recommend some songs on the album but I can’t even remember any to recommend, as none of them really stuck with me or was memorable enough for me to recall what they really sounded like aside from the (unlikable) vocals and the typical distorted guitars.

I’m not really sure as to how I should rate Enthrone the Unborn’s, ‘And The Sky Is Ours’ or if I did rate it, would be fair?  I know there are fans out there who like this genre of music, but I am just not one of them.

-TJ

LineUp

Eero Harsunen – Guitar & Vox

Juhamatti Kauppinen – Guitar & Clean Vox

Joel Vakkila – Bass

Arttu Anttila – Drums

Official Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/Enthronetheunborn