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Psalm 9

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The Tempter
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Assassin
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Victim of the Insane
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Revelation Life or Death
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Bastards Will Pay
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The Fall of Lucifer
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Endtime
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Psalm 9
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Tales
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Total Tracks: 9   Total Length: 43:24

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Jon Wiederhorn

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Jon Wiederhorn is a senior editor at Revolver, a regular freelancer for Guitar World and SPIN and the co-author of the upcoming book "Louder Than Hell: The Unce...more »

06.14.11
Trouble, Psalm 9
2006 | Label: Escapi Music Group / The Orchard

Inspired by Black Sabbath and doomy New Wave of British Heavy Metal bands like Witchfinder General and Angel Witch, Chicago’s Trouble gave the English doom template an ironic twist, focusing on the heroes of Biblical conflicts instead of the villains — a move that earned them the classification “white metal.” From their first album, Psalm 9, Trouble exhibited a multitude of trudging riffs and a variety of tempos, including dirge-like shuffling (“The Tempter”), sludgy lumbering… read more »

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Trouble....

Khensu

What can you say about Trouble? FREAKIN AMAZING!!! I was lucky enough to see them several times when they came to Cleveland. Met and hung out with them. One of the greatest bands ever. Anyone that hasn't seen or heard them is missing out big time.

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Trouble should be HUGE!

JohnHSimmons

Great "White Metal" classic. Trouble, Psalm 9...whatever you call this album...is EFFING AMAZING. I was lucky enough to be in Chicago for much of the original period of this band's career and saw them quite a few times. WOW! EVERY Trouble album is incredible(even the ones without Eric on vocals. Sorry, dude.). These guys deserve to be on every true metalhead's short list.

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In The Beginning

EMUSIC-012CB76E

Oh, I remember this one coming out. This, along with Witchfinder General's "Death Penalty" and Legend's self titled release, were genre defining albums of the time. True classics. If you have found your way here, download immediately.

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A huge throwback to the ’70s in every sense (looks, sound, etc.), Chicago’s Trouble had little hope of fitting into the various mid-’80s heavy metal scenes. Instead the band were busy updating the genre’s prehistoric doom teachings for the new decade, beginning with their eponymous debut, later re-baptized Psalm 9. First track, “The Tempter,” immediately set the revisionist tone: opening with a plodding, monolithic riff which only grudgingly allowed the song to break into its chugging gallop, while clearly setting Trouble apart from their heroes in Black Sabbath with its pro-God lyrics. Except for this basic but crucial difference of perspective, issues of Heaven and Hell still pervaded much of the album, and ranged from obvious near-sermonizing like “Revelation (Life or Death)” and “Fall of Lucifer,” to rather more discreet material such as “Assassin” and “Bastards Will Pay.” And even though there were consistently strong combination of elegant melodies and thunderous riffs throughout, some of Psalm 9′s biggest surprises were saved for last, as the instrumental “Endtime” prefaced a straight-up reading of the Bible passage that lends the album its name, and, finally, a faithful cover of Cream’s “Tales of Brave Ulysses.” Don’t let all of these understandable English influences confuse you though, for Psalm 9 was undoubtedly one of the opening salvos of a truly American-bred doom style. [The CD was also released with a bonus DVD featuring live footage and band interviews.] – Eduardo Rivadavia

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