11/30/2007 - Review by: Vinaya Saksena
Trouble - Psalm 9 - 2006 (reissue) - Escapi Music Group
The crux of this most terrifying of testimonies was, of course, frontman Eric Wagner, who defined the unbelievably dark vibe of these early Trouble albums with his frightening lyrical take on the Bible and his utterly hellish, almost inhuman vocal cries.
This nifty package from Escapi presents the album in "digitally remastered" form, with a bonus DVD, new liner notes by Canadian metal journalist Martin Popoff, lyrics and photos, all encased in a nifty slipcase (Note: The band's second album, The Skull, has received similar treatment- see separate review for the lowdown on that particular reissue). Of course, Trouble's bread and butter were slow, low-tuned, sludgy, generally ugly and often fairly long songs that owe much to Black Sabbath circa Master of Reality, the odd exception coming in the form of the speedy and relatively slick 80's-style cruiser "Assassin" and their trip-happy cover of Cream's "Tales of Brave Ulysses," which hints at the more "stoner"-oriented direction the band would later steer towards.
No bonus tracks on the album, as you get with many reissues these days, but what is on offer here is indeed a treat for Trouble fiends. The most noteworthy perk of this reissue is definitely the bonus DVD, containing a nifty public access television spot the band did circa 1982. In it you get fairly slamming and well-recorded performances of classic material from the first two albums, plus a decidedly non-metal looking television hostess interviewing the non-too-talkative or articulate band members about their unique and crazy creative vision, which of course is much better articulated by the music itself. Still, it's bound to bring a smile to the faces of fans and collectors, so if you fall into either of those categories, you won't want to miss it.
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