Hawthorne Theatre Southeast
Sat Sept 29, 2018, 8 pm All Ages
Recommended by Aris Hunter Wales
Over their past four albums, Tribulation has evolved from a fairly cut-and-dry death metal band to some kind of gothic, blackened, heavy metal-meets-rock ’n’ roll phenomenon. The exceptional Swedish band’s new album Down Below takes bleak darkness and makes it sound exquisitely beautiful. Most of the credit goes to guitarists Adam Zaars and Jonathan Hultén, who sew a rich tapestry of harmonies and solos that tinkle like a haunted music box and creep like ghostly apparitions. In a live setting, Zaars and Hultén slither, leap, and bound across the stage like they’re the stars of some wicked ballet.