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Trouble - Trouble (Reissue) Award winner

Trouble (Reissue)
by "Metal Mark" Garcia at 10 April 2021, 3:51 AM

The North American Doom Metal masters of TROUBLE experienced a commercial growth on “Psalm 9” (1984) and “The Skull” (1985), but the hiatus of two years and the lineup changes could have inflicted problems that can be the main cause for some negative views upon “Run to the Light” (1987). But the band left Metal Blade Records, and signed with Def Jam Records. And maybe all of these facts (along with the evolution) could have influenced the band on “Trouble”, their fourth release that came to the light on 1990 (and now is being reissued).

On the album the main Doom Metal way of the quintet is tempered with more evident melodies, and even a Stoner Rock/Metal set of influences, along with a clear experimental insight. So the bitterness and weight from their early albums decrease a bit, but the melodic aesthetics used on the album increased their commercial appeal, and can be said that “Trouble” could reach a broader set of fans. So the best to say to evade further complications is that TROUBLE still has their own ‘trademark’ music, just evolved and lapidated on a better way.

In the production, Rick Rubin (the same from SLAYER in those days, and in the future, AC/DC, METALLICA and BLACK SABBATH) worked with them, and had David Bianco and Jimmy Heyson as sound engineers (and Brian Jenkins as assistant engineer), and Greg Fulginiti on the mastering. This explain a better sonority that tries to conciliate the grasping aggressive insight of the band’s music with a defined and cleaner insight (rich in a way that everything can be understood and with excellent instrumental tunes).

The longtime fans will see “Trouble” as a try to fit on the Stoner Rock/Metal trend, but the album was releases two or three years before it happened. It’s because the mix between a rough and crude approach with defined melodies heard on “At the End of My Daze” (extremely hooking melodies and very good guitars), “The Eolf” (it’s a typical fast song of the quintet, just tempered with very good melodies, and the vocals are sound great), “A Sinner’s Fame” (fine mix between their classical weight with a bluesy touch), “The Misery Shows (Act II)” (a song with a deeper and melancholic way that is similar to those ballads with heavy choruses), “R.I.P.” (a classical song of the band, with brutal and weighty rhythmic work, just with some Stoner Rock touches), “Black Shapes of Doom” (another typical song from the band, with a set of rough melodies tempered with an organic feeling), and “All is Forgiven” is what the album shows.

Maybe “Trouble” can be seen as a turning point in the career of TROUBLE. But it’s really a good experience to hear to it today.

Songwriting: 10
Musicianship: 10
Memorability: 9
Production: 9

4 Star Rating

1. At the End of My Daze
2. The Eolf
3. Psychotic Reaction
4. A Sinner’s Fame
5. The Misery Shows (Act II)
6. R.I.P.
7. Black Shapes of Doom
8. Heaven on My Mind
9. E.N.D.
10. All is Forgiven
Eric Wagner - Vocals
Rick Wartell - Guitars
Bruce Franklin - Guitars
Ron Holzner - Bass
Barry Stern - Drums
Record Label: Hammerheart Records


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Edited 01 February 2023

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