Trouble - Psalm 9/The Skull
On Psalm 9 we get to meet a band that is searching for its definite sound. As a result of this, the music is more experimental than on the second disc. Changes in the music are sometimes weird and not that logic but it’s also what makes the band charming. Especially ‘Victim of the Insane’ and ‘Psalm 9’ sounded weird to me with at first listen. It really took me quite some time to understand those songs due to their sudden changes in pattern, both in melodic and rhythmic ways, but research on the net learned me that it is actually these two songs that seemed to have become popular of this album.
On The Skull, Trouble has gone in a little different direction. In this case, the experimental characteristics of the songs have changed into well worked out concepts without the sense for detail being lost. Probably the best example of this is the 10 minute lasting ‘The Wish’ in which singer Eric Wagner really tries to eat his mic by coming up with some great vocals. The rest of the songs can be characterized by mentioning the combination of anything that is dark. Drums(olo) and guitars, vocals and lyrics, you name it. Trouble presents it in a melodic, doomy but accessible package that nowadays is clear to put in the development of heavy music, but back in their own days, the band was not recognized as such.
Which leaves me to the final mark, besides mentioning that the bonus DVD’s both are a nice addition with the interviews and live performances that are included. These two cd’s come in one package if I’m correct, which is a good decision. Soon there will be a follow-up in the form of a new record and by creating a nice package that will be available for mid-price or something, early fans that have missed the albums back then or new interested people have the chance to complete their collection. And when they’ll listen to the work of Trouble, they will understand where bands like Cathedral and Paradise Lost have got their inspiration from.