TROUBLE - THE DISTORTION FIELD (FRW Music / Rough Trade / Benelux promotion )


                               (Review by Officer Nice)

I have never been the biggest fan of Trouble, although “Psalm 9” belongs to the list of worldwide influencing records and it easily deserves an important place in the history book of Heavy Metal. Maybe I ignored their debut too much and later albums that reached my collection weren’t, to me, good enough to make me a fan. Anyway, this band is active since the late seventies and I know this formation has lots of fans in the underground Metal scène. Nevertheless this new album wasn’t the one I was most looking forward too.

And so I have learned another lesson because this release really pleases me from the beginning until the end. Although Trouble is most known for their old Black Sabbath style, call it the Ozzy era, I can’t find this brand back on this release. Blasphemy, I am aware of that but I admit not being the biggest fan of old Black Sabbath. I am a fan of the Dio years, but, on the other hand the newest Black Sabbath pleased me as well. Back to Trouble that opens this record with a song that takes me immediately by my throat, “When The Sky Comes Down”. It came down and I am awake, focused for the rest of this record.

New singer is a man we know, Kyle Thomas, from the extreme Thrash Metal band Exhorder. This lad did a fantastic job and his voice fits the new Trouble very well! I didn’t hear Warrior Soul singer Kory Clarke with the band, so I have no meaning about his part, but what I do know is that Kyle Thomas did a perfect job. Trouble stays on this release away from the purest form of Doom Metal but varies anything they do. Yet a track like “One Life” will make the Doom Metal fanatics go insane.

Very good produced, the guitars sound just perfect and the drums are hitting immense hard on your ears. I notice great song writing and Trouble impresses with “The distortion field”. The leads are addictive, make me play my imaginary guitar. Overall I didn’t hear any weaknesses but the fact every song sounds different can make some people doubt to find the entire album good. “Have I told you” for example, a ballad that maybe doesn’t fit but after all this is a very good song, a sounds a bit like Pearl Jam on their debut. Not that I am a big fan of Pearl Jam  but on their debut they surprised me a few times, especially because of the vocals (Eddie Vedder). “Glass Of Lies”, to pick another song, is a good old sounding Heavy Metal track with a nice sounding refrain. And so Trouble demands the listener to give this one lots of attention, to give it a enough spins to understand any note, to discover all the good things they’ve written for the listener.

It proves that this new Trouble refreshes my mind, it should impress lots of other souls too. No doubts this band overgrows every single subgenre and they just did what they wanted to do. The result is a fine album, full of first class musicianship, great Heavy Metal and I’m pretty sure even the diehard Trouble fans will like this one. I was never the biggest fan, as I’ve told you before, but I am convinced this must be one of the better albums the band had ever written. If it’s not I have at least a very good reason to dig this band out and I am obliged to listen to their complete discography now.  It’s about time the band tours in Europe and if they do the chance is big they will see me in the venue. Their website is . New Trouble? Maybe that explains it all to me…

My points: 90 / 100  


95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable ! 

Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan 

Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it 

Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing 

Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate 

Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard50- : Rubbish