Tribulation Concert Review – Crowbar, Brisbane, 18 June 2016
Saturday night and I am heading to Crowbar again. Tonight Brisbane’s premier venue for extreme metal serves a black dish with Sweden’s Tribulation. The band made their way to Australia for the first time in their career. Brisbane marks the end of their short 3-date tour. Tribulation have massively scored with their latest album ‘The Children Of The Night’ which resulted in bookings for some bigger festivals in Europe and their first headliner tour through the US later this year. Now that the band has grown and is used to larger stages I was curious how they would bring their energetic show to the small stage at Crowbar.
Unfortunately, the crowd was quite small for a Saturday and an international, up-and-coming act. I am not quite sure what happened there. However, the fans that made their way to Crowbar had fun throughout all sets. Brisbane’s Chemical Cascades kicked off the night with a short 30-minute gig. The young outfit set the right tone for the night and get the crowd into the right, black mindset.
As a second support Anatomy hit the stage. The blackened death metal veterans from Melbourne (formed in 1989!) drove the crowd further towards the abyss. Black and wailing sounds filled the Crowbar. The sound got more intense and the crowd loved it. Anatomy have certainly earned their part in the history of Australian extreme metal.
Tribulation Concert Review: A Lesson In Aggression
Then it was time for the main attraction of the night. Tribulation hit the stage and everybody in the small club immediately got energized. Tribulation are known for their energetic show and they certainly lived up to their reputation. Actually it has been quite a while since I had seen a band using the limited space of a small stage so efficiently. Tribulation commanded every inch of that stage. Throughout the entire set all four band members worked hard to put this show on. Especially the two guitarists were constantly moving around, back and forth and interacted with the fans. Johannes Andersson’s vocals hit right to the core and tied the band’s sound of terror together.
The reaction of the fans equaled the intensity of Tribulation’s music and show. Although the crowd was small (way too small for such a high-quality act) the energy between the band and the pit was what you expect from an extreme metal show. Those who dedicated their time and came to the show certainly left the venue satisfied. The only criticism I have is that Tribulation only played a 50-minute set. They came all the way from Europe to play a headliner show and finished after 50 minutes without an encore. I wasn’t the only one who waited and expected the band to come out again but unfortunately they didn’t. Anyway, Tribulation were excellent that night. They showed what it takes to become an international touring band in the extreme metal genre: a relentless show with lots of interaction with the pit.