Blast From The Past: Trouble – Psalm 9

“Hey Jack, do you want to see The Skull at The Underworld next month?” asked MetalRecusants Big Wig Dom, his beautiful hair flowing in the wind. “Sure, why not”, I replied as I dispatched another Orc with my longbow. The conversation that led me to discover The Skull and by extension Trouble started somewhere along those lines and in somewhat similar circumstances. My memory is a bit foggy. When I discovered they were playing their album Psalm 9 in full, I thought I’d give it a listen. What follows is my first impression of Trouble’s Psalm 9. 

It’s safe to say I really liked this album. While I’m into modern doom metal bands, I’ve not discovered enough of the old school doom bands apart from a tiny bit of Candlemass and Saint Vitus. Listening to Psalm 9 has been eye-opening, I’ve never realised how many bands were influenced by this album. I can see that bands like Orange Goblin and Black Moth have clearly been influenced either directly or indirectly by Trouble. It may be a cliche to say this term, but Trouble definitely have kept the spirit of Black Sabbath alive with this album. I love how despite it being a doom album, the band are not afraid to break free from the slow doom stereotype and go fast on certain songs like ‘Assassin’ and ‘Fall of Lucifer’, stopping the album from becoming stagnant. Doom metal is not known as a genre for anthems, but ‘Assassin’ and ‘Bastards Will Pay’ certainly fall into those descriptions. Eric Wagner’s voice is perfect on this album and he certainly is up there in terms of the greatest doom vocalists of all time.

It’s a shame this album isn’t more recognized in terms of its iconic status, as it really is a brilliant album. A gem from the ’80s that hopefully will not be forgotten.

Best Tracks: ‘Assassin’, ‘Bastards Will Pay’, ‘Fall of Lucifer’

Psalm 9 Trouble

1. The Tempter
2. Assassin
3. Victim of the Insane
4. Revelation (Life or Death)
5. Bastards Will Pay
6. The Fall of Lucifer
7. Endtime (instrumental)
8. Psalm 9
9. Tales of Brave Ulysses (Cream Cover)


Trouble on Psalm 9 were:
Eric Wagner – Vocals
Bruce Franklin – Guitars
Rick Wartell – Guitars
Sean McAllister – Bass
Jeff Olson – Drums

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About Jack (819 Articles)
I am a recent graduate from the University of Essex in Colchester where by the luck of Odin I met the editor, Dom. I first got into metal when I was 13 and now I am 22 and own an uncountable amount of band T-shirts. I also regularly attend gigs (local and in neighbouring areas) as well as festivals. My musical taste is varied; I like nu metal (my first love), thrash, black, death, doom, folk, sludge (my favourite genre), symphonic and many more of the multiple genres that metal has to offer, I even like some metalcore (I know it's a dirty word within some metal circles but some of it is outstanding). One of my most memorable metal moments was meeting Grand Magus at the Bloodstock signing tent and having the whole tent to myself, spending a few minutes talking to them.

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