5 Questions With... is your chance to get to know a new or up-and-coming metal band. Tribulation are a Swedish death metal group whose second full-length is The Formulas Of Death. Guitarist Adam Zaars introduces us to his band.
Give us a brief history of Tribulation.
We have been around for a long time now, since 2004, though I would probably say that the "real" Tribulation really started with writing our first album that was recorded in 2007. Prior to that we had released a demo and a 7 inch that people still seem to like, and I do for what they are, but I don't really see them as creative stepping stones for what we have become, they are what they are. After the delayed release of our first album in 2009 we did some touring until we felt that the songs couldn't really conjure up anything new in a live situation and hence started focusing on our new album The Formulas of Death.
Describe the songwriting and recording process for The Formulas of Death.
Every Friday I turn the blog over to Dan Marsicano for his Retro Recommendation, giving you a chance to learn about underrated and overlooked gems from metal's past. This week, Anvil are in the spotlight. The Canadian band, whose hard luck story was told in the incredible documentary Anvil! The Story Of Anvil, are a study in dedication and perseverance. We go all the way back to the beginning for this week's Retro Recommendation, their 1981 debut Hard 'n' Heavy.
Retro Recommendation: Anvil - Hard 'n' Heavy
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The latest album from The Dillinger Escape Plan is One Of Us Is The Killer, which has been getting rave reviews, including 4.5 out of 5 stars on this site. I had a great conversation with vocalist Greg Puciato about the writing and recording of the album, the issues that inspired the album title, their memorable performance at the Golden Gods Awards and other topics.
Read the complete Dillinger Escape Plan Interview
(photo courtesy Sumerian Records)
Every week our writers deliver a ton of short reviews of the latest metal albums, all collected in one convenient location. This week we put nearly 30 releases under the microscope, including Aggressa, Ape Machine, Arckanum, Artizan, Beyond Creation, Black Cowgirl, Damnation Angels, Death Ray Vision, Devil, Enemy Reign, Entrails, Eternal Rest, Gravewurm, Heart In Hand, Intoxicated, Kadavar, Kings Destroy, Lifeforms, The Monolith Deathcult, Mortal Form, Orchid, The Resistance, Steve Von Till, Surgeon, Tribulation, Utopium, Zolle and Zombiefication.
New Heavy Metal Album Reviews: May 15, 2013
Also check out these recent full CD reviews:
Adoran - Adoran
The Dillinger Escape Plan - One Of Us Is The Killer
My Dying Bride - The Manuscript EP
Pop Evil - Onyx
Sodom - Epitome Of Torture
Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats - Mind Control
(CD cover courtesy Nuclear Blast Records)