Tribune – Elder Lore/The Dark Arts

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Reviewed: April 2012
Released: 2012, Corpse Corrosion Music
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: UK Team

This have-it-all do-it-all culture has certainly taken root in certain areas of the metal scene with time changes, vocals shifts, and rhythmic switches that take a U-turn just when you thought the road ahead was straight, becoming more frequent in the passing traffic. Multiply this though by elements of classic metal, thrash, doom, death, metalcore, rock n roll – and you start to realise that when reaching a crossroads in their writing Tribune went down every route. Even the album title Elder Lore/ The Dark Arts is torn in two directions.

As a result the album ping pongs between the Southerny-groove of ‘It Came From The Swamps’ to the condensed thrash of ‘The Succubus’, and dark-stoner jam of ‘Below’. Oh and then there’s the prog rock-out that is ‘Man On The Outside’, and concrete-footed gallop of ‘We The Black’. I could go on but this may turn into a dissection, and I’m not sure I have enough clean jars.

What can be said is that the consistent elements are primarily the vocals, which are largely clean, with some doom growls and slightly shrill metalcore screams shaken throughout. Not forgetting the forefront bass work, which after so often sounding like an afterthought, is probably relishing the opportunity to get off the leash. Drums and guitars do their fair share of the work as usual, but it has to be said that Tribune’s slightly off-kilter approach to traditional instrument roles that

Let’s face it if you can’t find something to like about Tribune, it’s probably because you’re the kind of person who actually goes looking for the coffee chocolates in a selection tin – weird. In fact this theory may also apply to the nine minute beast of an ending ‘The World’s Greatest Cynic’, which is like a greatest hits of Tribune’s capabilities in one swoop.

That said perhaps a little more of a firm footing might be nice in the future – unless you like the feeling of the ground dropping away from beneath you. This is an album for those are happy to go off track but that does mean taking the potholes with the smooth.

Review by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs


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Track Listing:
1. It Came From The Swamps
2. The Succubus
3. Chemistry Arrives
4. The Warrior Mentality
5. Below
6. We The Black
7. Man On The Outside
8. The World’s Greatest Cynic

Bryan Baker – Vocals
Terry Anderson – Guitars
Jason Brown – Drums
Shawn Culley – Guitars
Ryan O’Shea – Bass