Swedish dark metal act Tribulation releases stop-motion animated video for Blue Öyster Cult cover »Vengeance (The Pact)« taken from their new EP, »Hamartia«, out this Friday, April 7th, 2023 via Century Media Records.
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02. Axis Mundi
04. Vengeance (The Pact) [Blue Öyster Cult cover]
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On April 7th, Tribulation will release their upcoming EP, »Hamartia«, via Century Media Records. In celebration of tomorrow’s release, the band have shared their music video for Blue Öyster Cult’s »Vengeance (The Pact)«.
On the new music video, guitarist Adam Zaars comments: “We felt that »Vengeance (The Pact)« deserved a video as well, and considering the lyrical content of the song, a stop-motion approach seemed like the way to go. It’s an idea we’ve entertained before and we’re very glad Selmer Kastalje was available to help us bring this idea to life.”
Forged amid the grubby depths of the Swedish death metal scene, Tribulation have always been the shadowy outlaws of the underground – and with »Hamartia«, they’re poised to begin a new chapter in their sinister story.
Photo by Dirk Behlau
The group’s songwriting powers have undergone a vigorous rejuvenation; new guitarist Joseph Tholl replaced the departing Jonathan Hultén, which in turn led to the creation of an EP’s worth of material. Recorded in Stockholm with Robert Pehrsson at Studio Humbucker as well as Linus Björklund at Studio Ryssviken, before being crafted in mix by Tom Dalgety in the UK and then returning to Stockholm for mastering by Magnus Lindberg at Redmount Studios, »Hamartia« is a riotous encapsulation of everything that diehard fans demand from the Swedish crew – but, sharper, darker and laced with venom. These four new songs showcase a band in a robust state of health.
“The plan going forward is that Joseph and I will split the writing duties, just as me and Jonathan did before,” says guitarist Adam Zaars. “The other difference this time is that we did work a bit closer with each other on these songs. On the last couple of albums, we’ve basically written our material separately. This time, even though Joseph wrote »Axis Mundi« and I wrote the other two songs, I still went to Stockholm every other weekend for the entire Spring leading up to the recording, and we sat together and tried different things out. We’ve worked closer this time than we’ve done at least since The Children of The Night. Comparing it to the last album, I’d say the new songs are a bit more cynical, harsher in a way.”
Additionally, Zaars is already considering Tribulation’s next move. “Fairly soon, I hope we can record something – an album before anything else,” he concludes. “In some ways, I’ve already started writing, but I don’t have a complete song to show anyone yet. I’ve got a lot of material, so we just need time to piece it all together… We did a tour with Watain, Abbath and Bölzer last year and that was great, and this year we’re going to focus on festivals…and writing new material!”
Johannes Andersson – Vocals, Bass
Adam Zaars – Guitars
Joseph Tholl – Guitars
Oscar Leander – Drums