Tribune - Elder Lore/The Dark Arts
Reviewer: Mujtaba M Badr - 2012-09-05
Highlights: The World's Greatest Cynic
I always believe that nowadays to get a fresh sound in metal, you either imitate old bands but do it right so it sounds fresh or you mix all the stuff together and get something new. With the latter option, you will either be a great musician or be lucky to get something interesting. Where does the Canadian's combo, Tribune, stand from that? Well, it sure isn't one of those imitators. No, they are of the second type, they are those who bring a little bit of this and little bit of that to give something interesting, something like Elder Lore/The Dark Arts.
I tried hard to label it, it has progressive elements, some Thrash, some Death growls, even more pure old school heavy metal. It even has some Stoner stuff like that of The Sword and the Sludgy edge of Mastodon, but you know what,it dosent matter. It's metal and Elder Lore/The Dark Arts is really a great enjoyable metal ride that will gi
ve you a little bit from everything you like about metal. You shall enjoy it unless your mind is unable to handle all of it at once.
Elder Lore/The Dark Arts has all of the great things you need to see in a band, the musicianship, the chemistry between the band members, and the great music. It's a really solid record, but the one thing that makes it less accessible is the production quality. It was a little bit weak and unpolished. Other than that, fans of un-signable metal bands will have great stuff on their hands, from the short heavy stuff of "The Succubus" to the long epic proggy sound of "The World's Greatest Cynic."