Finally after an eternity’s wait, this classic debut by doom favorites Trouble has finally been reissued and remastered. The sound is great and the liners and packaging are very well done (outside of the misspelling of “Assassin”). I have never heard of Escapi Music but they have done quite well on this. Rumor has it that they will be reissuing 1995’s Plastic Green Head early in 2007. Anyway, the music on this is top-notch and I am surprised to find that I enjoy the musicality and the vocals much better than Candlemass’ Epicus Doomicus Metalicus. I can’t find a bad one on this album and even the cover of Cream’s “Tales Of Brave Ulysses” fits the mood and music like a glove. As for the included DVD, I haven’t checked it out yet but I am sure that it will be, at the very least, interesting.
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It’s pretty easy to put a tag on this album by saying Sabbath influenced. Rightfully so but Trouble has a sound that is all of their own. I love driving in the car with the windows down and this album cranked up as loud as it can go. This is one of my all time favorite albums in metal period. Heavy riffage and great vocals, nobody could ever imitate or duplicate Trouble. Im glad that they are going on and carrying the banner by touring still.
“Trouble” belongs to the old generation of doom-metal who stepped on stage right after the pioneers of heavy metal.
The band is from Chicago, it started playing in 1979, but their debut album was issued in 1984 only (on Metal Blade for USA, and on Steamhammer for Europe and the rest of the world), it was preceded by a three-track demo recording (“Assassin”?).
At that time the band consisted of Eric Wagner (vocals), Bruce Franklin & Rick Wartell (guitars), Sean Mc Allister (bass – ex-Witch Slayer), Jeff Olson (drums).
Christian apocalyptic doom propelled the band to the cult status, but – again – due to the lack of proper promotion by the label – the band didn’t achieve the popularity they deserved.
So, “Psalm 9″ is a re-issue of the debut album (not so easy to find), which comes with a bonus DVD (live performances and interviews), original artwork, etc, etc.
A real value for money.
Trouble’s 1984 debut album Psalm 9 is on of the best Doom Metal albums ever! From the doom filled opener ‘The Tempter’ to the title track ‘Psalm 9′ this is a solid album. This band has always been underated and overshadowed in my opinion yet still influential to newer bands. Its nice to see there first two albums finaly reissued.
Fans of bands like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Corrosion of Conformity, Down, and Type O Negative will definitly appreciate this album. Also check out ‘The Skull’ from 1985 and the 1990 self titled ‘Trouble’.
i bought this on vinyl in the 80`s,and it still stands up to this day,i also bought it on cd,now this one has a dvd concert in it,i may have to buy this again.this disc is great,no doubt sabbath fans,trouble mixes sabbath groove with up tempo metal,this is a must buy, especially with a dvd concert attached.seeing a band live always gives you a perspective you can`t get from just listening to a cd,you may find yourself getting the rest of their cd`s.