Since Trouble’s self title album that came out at a time where if you wheren’t Satanic, then you wheren’t cool, since then they have stayed true to their musical intentions, keeping it interesting at the same time. Best track is the title track, Trouble is still around, and still doesn’t get any respect. Their sound is like Black Sabbath, motorhead, Corrison of Comformity.
It’s a shame that Trouble never seem to get the credit or attention they deserve. Bounced from Metal Blade to Def American in the late ’80s, for this album this Chicago-based quintet found a home with independent Century Media. Trouble’s label really doesn’t seem to matter, though: their ability to crank out some of the finest and heaviest psychedelic metal around never diminishes. Plastic Green Head is prime stuff. While Eric Wagner’s occasionally screechy vocals are an acquired taste, the superheavy gothic guitar riffage takes no getting used to. Trouble may have gone through their share of bassists and drummers, but the guitar duo of Rick Wartell and Bruce Franklin has remained intact and churning out some seriously damaging sludge since their self-titled Metal Blade debut back in 1984. Trouble does the midtempo throb grooves as well as Corrosion of Conformity or Monster Magnet, but they’re versatile enough to pick up the pace when necessary. They even include covers of Carole King’s ”Porpoise Song” and the Beatles’ ”Tomorrow Never Knows” that suitably honor the original versions–though the heavy-handed psychedelic flair is pure Trouble. That, in fact, is what makes this band so durable: their versatility and consistency. They’ve always maintained their sound without being afraid to modify and improve it. Plastic Green Head may not win them a ton of new fans, but it will certainly please the converted and those in search of a solid Sabbath-influenced buzz. –Adem Tepedelen
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I got into Trouble a number of years ago when music stations on digital cable were just becoming mainstream additions to the cable lineup. I head Flowers off of this album that fair day and loved the vibe it was given to me. I quested desperately to find their work, but sadly always came up empty until finally a few weeks ago i found some, and this album happened to be one of them.
First off, what an album! Brilliant guitarwork, thumping bass and steller drumming spotlights Trouble at their tightest and most well oiled lineup maybe ever…while the vocals are screechy sometimes, while other times they are blissfully melodic. Requiem is one of the most beautiful pieces of music that i have ever had the priviledge of listening to, and for that I am very happy that I found this band. The title track is very fun and heavy, and the covers of Carole King and the Beatles are both fun and inspired works that are almost worth the cost of finding this gem.
Trouble is a band that constantly got written off in the savage undertones of other thrash bands like Metallica and Megadeth and the doom metal godfathers like Candlemass because they combined the doomy atmosphere of Black Sabbath with the thrash virtuosic guitarwork of a thrash icon. If you are a new fan, keep looking until you find every album by this act. Trust me, you shall not be disappointed!
At first, I didn’t realize this was the same band that put out 1991’s ‘Manic Frustration’. As I remember seeing these guys on tour as support act for Savatage back in the day. Basically, very good ’90’s heavy rock. About every cut on this CD rocks, but the tunes I dug the absolute most are “Flowers”, their unlikey cover of the Monkees “Pourpose Song” (totally caught me off guard), the wailing “Hear The Earth”, “Long Shadows Fall” and another outrageously killer cover, the Beatles “Tomorrow Never Knows”. Might possibly appeal to fans of My Dying Bride, Obsessed, Sleep and Electric Wizard.
A loud and heavy band that never got the attention they deserved, Trouble’s “Plastic Green Head” pretty much picks up where “Manic Frustration” (which is no longer available) left off.Stand-out tracks include “Another Day”, “Below me”, “Opium-Eater”, “Long Shadows Fall” and an interesting version of The Beatles “Tomorrow Never Knows”.Anyone who is a fan of such bands as Black Sabbath, Soundgarden or Corrosion of Conformity should not have a problem finding a place for this disc in their collection.
I am a big fan of heavy metel cover songs. Type O Negative might have had the prize for there version of “summer Breeze” but the cover crown belongs, no doubt, to Trouble for there psychotic version of “The Pourpoise Song” Only a very few of you will recognise this gem as bieng the theme to another forgotten classic, the now infamous movie “Head” starring the Monkees. Carole King wrote this and I have attempted to find out how to procure writes to use a piece of this song in a short animation. Strangely enough this song, and Tomorow Never Knows (The Beatles) are not listed as bieng on the album, at least as far as the copywrite people are concerned, hmmmmmm, pretty wierd. This one song makes the whole album worth whatever one pays for it, it must be heard to be beleved, I am glad someone else sees the Monkees movie as something worth remebering, watch “Vanilla Sky” to hear this song yet again, Tomorow Never Knows is good too, but no one can touch the Pourpoise song cover for shear retro genoius.