Rating:
8.3
Trouble - Trouble
1990


01. At The End Of My Daze
02. The Wolf
03. Psychotic Reaction
04. A Sinner's Fame
05. The Misery Shows (Act II)
06. R.I.P.
07. Black Shapes Of Doom
08. Heaven On My Mind
09. E.N.D.
10. All Is Forgiven


Ever sit around the table with family and friends and play a board game? If so, then it's likely you've played "Trouble" in some form or another. It's a game with a "poppable" die at the center, which controls all movement on the board. The first player that treks all four of their pawns closest to the center is declared the winner. The "trouble" implies landing on top of another player's pawn, sending that pawn back to start.

But what on earth does this have to do with the music on this, Trouble's self-titled album?

SIMPLE

This is as down to earth, homely, and as congenial a doom metal album as this reviewer has ever heard; as if the essence of a palatable August day were captured and recorded.

No, scratch that, or rather, let me attempt to expand on that.

Like [band]Black Label Society[band] dialed the distortion and overproduction back, and created an album that aurally transformed the dead heat of August into a scathing haze; a resonance from the thorn bush thicket, crawling onto the edges of the sneaker-melting asphalt.

Hopefully that's not a literary overdose of a Mason-Dixon summer.

This album has some far-out riffs. You can expect a heavy dose of bad-to-the-bone grooves, nasty leads, and a splendorous dirty vocal performance by Eric Wagner. Wagner and his fellow "Trouble-makers" are on the album cover, and they don't misconstrue a thing. By that I mean they're just fucking there; like Skynyrd was on their "Pronounced" album. Trouble just seem to find their overgrown citadel the place to be, as opposed to Main Street, USA.

So, all said, Trouble has the sound of some Black Sabbath, 70's classic rock amalgamation. This should be damn good news to the users of this fine website. Please do yourself a favor and familiarize yourself with this hidden classic.

Highlights! Get your head bangin' to the "Clutchy", "Psychotic Reaction". "The Misery Shows (Act III)" has the sound of a 70's inspired acoustic ballad. And if that's not your thing, the album follows up with "R.I.P." and "Black Shapes of Doom".

Read the titles. You get the idea.

Performance: 9
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 6
Production: 8


Band profile: Trouble
Album: Trouble


 


written by Nosurper | 10.04.2012


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