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 (“Revelation (Life or Death”)) and mid-paced thudding (“Assassin”). While vocalist Eric Wagner’s wailing voice is an acquired taste, guitarists Rick Wartell and Bruce Franklin guide the band through an epic journey that’s been equally praised by Dave Grohl and Philip Anselmo and started Trouble on a promising career path.
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