The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Tribulation was January 2021’s Album of the Month!

Episode 64 of The Nine Circles Audio Thing kicks off 2021 with a bang, as the gang waxes poetic about the latest from Swedish prog/goth/death rock/kitchen sink outfit Tribulation, whose new album Where the Gloom Becomes Sound has folks in a tizzy. Buke again assumes the captains chair and leads the chase with the usual suspects, and introduces newest member of the 9C gang Didrik to the insanity.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 166 (1.30.2021)

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Last playlist of January and even though it’s a little late, there’s still plenty of time to rip your favorite beverage and jam. I mean, what the hell else you got to do?! Anyway, this week’s edition is stacked with stuff we’ve been digging this week; I’ve got the new Empyrium and 16, Vince has Amulets and Laster, Zyklonius has the new Stortregn, Angela has a cut from Heilung and the new Chelsea/ERR track, Ian brings new Genghis Tron and Tribulation, and Didrik drops new Soen and a pick from Baulds Draumar. All that and so much more behind the play button below. So, drink, listen, and be merry.

– Josh

Album Review: Tribulation — “Where the Gloom Becomes Sound”

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Here we are again with another collaborative review, and this is one we have been looking forward to for quite some time.  Tribulation is a band that we both thoroughly enjoy, from their creative songwriting to their spooky swag, and we have both been enamored with their live performances over the years as their stage presence is otherworldly.  When the news first broke about a new Tribulation album to kick off 2021, we had a feeling that this year would start off alright.  Where the Gloom Becomes Sound is everything we expected it to be and more.  

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Tribulation’s Adam Zaars on their new album “Where the Gloom Becomes Sound,” Jonathan Hultén’s exit and Joseph Tholl’s entry, Adam’s entry into, and fascination with, heavy metal, writing an album in the midst of a pandemic, what 2021 may hold for the band, and so much more!

At this point, Tribulation need zero introduction since they have been a powerhouse of both death metal and gothic metal over the course of four full lengths. And, with Where the Gloom Becomes Sound the band fully cement their gothic meets death metal stance. It’s January but already we’re feeling vibes of “best of 2021” with this album since it truly is their best yet and fully fleshed out album to date. And, that’s saying a lot since any fan of the band would already say they’ve climbed that hill. Such is the power of Tribulation. Head below to get the details of a chat between Buke and guitarist Adam Zaars.

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Initial Descent: January 24 – 30, 2021

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I don’t know if the best of 2020 glut has me temporarily bloated on music or what, but it’s been tough to really focus on new albums for more than a cursory spin. Instead, I’ve been catching up on some long overdue reading and burning the midnight oil in the mountains and it’s been a head clearer, to say the least. However, this week’s new release haul has offered at least a few that have me refocused and paying close attention. The first of which is the new gothic barnburner from Tribulation, progressive metallers Soen have given reason to pause, neofolk group Rome give much to reflect on as well as a bevy of amazing tracks, and Werewolves’ brand of intense yet melodic yet groovy death metal has been loads of fun. So, you could say that just when I need it the most, the artists have come through with precisely what I need and right on time. Obviously, there’s a ton more included below so there’s something here for everyone. Thrill of the hunt type of deal. Or whatever. Just do it.

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