January 2021 Album of the Month: Tribulation’s Where the Gloom Becomes SoundTuesday, 16th February 2021
The first of our picks for the new year, Tribulation reigned supreme with their newest offering Where the Gloom Becomes Sound. Continuing to polish their gloomy, gothic atmosphere combined with NWOBHM, rock, and psychedelia has really paid off for the band. There’s no one that sounds like what they are doing, and the way that they embody dark melancholy is one of their most impressive feats. An album that also finds a way to keep it catchy yet downtrodden – you won’t be disappointed.
An excerpt from Kyle McGinn’s 8.5/10 review, which posted on January 25, 2021:
With The Formulas of Death really laying the groundwork for the band to take off into a truly interesting setting, Tribulation have continued to grow and expand while not bothering to look back. 2018’s Down Below saw the band continue to work their magic in combining different musical elements into their extreme template, even if it wasn’t a huge jump like previous releases. The same could be said for Where the Gloom Becomes Sound as well, but the striking details upon repeated listens make it a real showstopper.
Where the Gloom Becomes Sound exemplifies why Tribulation have become such a lauded act in recent years. Their gothic-drenched melodies have a sure-fire way to embed themselves into your skull in the most playful of ways. But the song structures are also built in such a way that the audience enjoys them more with each passing listen. They are quite close to perfecting their own formula at this point.