Trouble, s/t (1990)

Part one of Thunderegg’s hot new series, Albums I Reviewed in the High School Paper. This Microsoft Word 4.0 file was dated February 15, 1990.


Although not quite world-renowned yet, the new metallic group, Trouble, has already gained quite a following in homeroom 274. Combining the sheer thunder of Metallica with a vast sense of melodic flow, Trouble should become one of 1990’s most popular bands. The album reaches out and straps the listener into his seat from the opening chord of “At the End of My Daze,” and does not release its hold until the final chorus of “All Is Forgiven” has faded. “At the End” features the menacing two-guitar attack and fantastic rotating stereo solos that have evolved into the group’s trademark. “The Wolf” could serve as a lullaby until its face changes to that of a very loud, though still tuneful, plea against war. (Yes, the group’s one problem seems to lie in the clichés of its lyrics.) Still, the song is excellent, and the words, ringing from the Robert Plant-like tones of Eric Wagner aren’t all that easily understood anyway. Other powerful tracks include “R.I.P.” and “Black Shapes of Doom”—both of which I had to turn up to maximum volume. Like Metallica, the members of Trouble have no difficulty in writing slower, more mellow songs. “The Misery Shows (Act II)” could become a classic, with as much Pink Floyd influence as Black Sabbath. “All is Forgiven,” though slightly more intense, presents brilliant guitar licks that are both tight and melodic. This album rocks. Buy it.

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