2021 Best of Metal: #5 Tribulation-Where the Gloom Becomes Sound

Origin: Arvika, Sweden

Release date: 1/29/2021

Personnel: Johannes Andersson-vox/bass, Jonathan Hulten-guitar/piano, Adam Zaars-guitar, Oscar Leander-drums

My favorite Swedish glam/goth death metal outfit came back with a very strong release to start the year off with a bang in 2021. Their previous release was a bit of a middling disappointment that never seemed to quite get off the ground. This latest effort simply comes out swinging and results in what I feel is their best album to date. This one is also a bit of a bittersweet moment because right before the release of this album, main songwriter Jonathan Hulten announced that he was leaving the band. I’m not sure what this means for the long term health of the band going forward. So, in the meantime, let’s at least celebrate in this current album.

4.5 flip flops out of 5

The list so far:

5. Tribulation-Where the Gloom Becomes Sound
6. Dream Theater-A View From the Top of the World
7. Exodus-Persona Non Grata
8. Khemmis-Deceiver
9. Carcass-Torn Arteries
10. Omnium Gatherum-Origin
11. Be’Lakor-Coherence
12. Hooded Menace-The Tritonus Bell
13. Quicksand-Distant Populations
14. Harakiri For the Sky-Maere
15. Converge and Chelsea Wolfe-Bloodmoon: I
16. At The Gates-The Nightmare of Being
17. The Vintage Caravan-Monuments
18. Nervosa-Perpetual Chaos
19. Baest-Necro Sapiens
20. Agrypnie-Metamorphosis