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EDITORS’ NOTES

By their third album, Tribulation had completed their transition from a brilliantly talented Swedish death-metal band into something less easily classifiable. The Children of the Night saw the band fully embracing the gothic tendencies that began emerging on 2013’s The Formulas of Death while threading black metal and darkly infectious rock. Sinister and elegant, the album’s dazzling guitar acrobatics, eerie piano melodies, and mystical atmosphere—contrasted by the sepulchral vocals of bassist Johannes Andersson —helped the young Swedes become a unique entity.

EDITORS’ NOTES

By their third album, Tribulation had completed their transition from a brilliantly talented Swedish death-metal band into something less easily classifiable. The Children of the Night saw the band fully embracing the gothic tendencies that began emerging on 2013’s The Formulas of Death while threading black metal and darkly infectious rock. Sinister and elegant, the album’s dazzling guitar acrobatics, eerie piano melodies, and mystical atmosphere—contrasted by the sepulchral vocals of bassist Johannes Andersson —helped the young Swedes become a unique entity.

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About Tribulation

Not to be confused with an earlier Swedish band that produced a few crossover thrash releases during the early '90s, this new millennium group named Tribulation only formed in 2004, and spent the next few years experimenting with various extreme styles before settling on a speedy brand of death metal, embellished with horror-themed lyrics. Claiming to be influenced by '80s legends such as Autopsy and Morbid Angel, vocalist/bassist Johannes Andersson, guitarists Jonathan Hultén and Adam Zaars, and subsequently acquired drummer Jakob Johansson tipped their hand with 2006's Putrid Rebirth EP (released through indie Blood Harvest), then toured regionally before getting to work on their eventual full-length debut, The Horror, released in early 2009 through Pulverised Records. A sophomore effort, The Formulas of Death, arrived in 2013, followed in 2015 by Children of the Night, the latter of which saw the band eschewing the death metal approach of prior outings for a more occult-driven, goth, psychedelic, and traditional heavy metal oeuvre. The similarly progressive and theatrical Down Below followed in 2018 via Century Media. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia

ORIGIN
Arvika, Sweden
GENRE
Metal
FORMED
2004

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