Where the Gloom Becomes Sound was primarily composed by guitarist Jonathan Hultén, who was also writing for and celebrating the release of his solo album, Chants from Another Place. The well of his Tribulation inspiration ran deep. From singer-songwriter Roky Erickson and vintage Morbid Angel to the NWOBHM and Swedish folk music, Hultén found bewitchment in his own personal belfry, extrapolating on the tenets of death, resurrection, and whatever resides between. Indeed, the primal pulse and shimmering dissonance to “Elementals,” the ingenious and diabolical swash of “Hour of the Wolf,” and the princely necromancy of “Leviathans” are but several of Hultén’s advances on Tribulation’s prior malisons. To further his offering to the Other and that which lies Beyond, the song-master designed a variety of sonic enhancements, like those heard on “Leviathans,” “Funeral Pyre,” “Dirge of a Dying Soul,” and “Hour of the Wolf.” The promaja our elders had always warned us about, but we delighted in regardless, is imbued throughout Where the Gloom Becomes Sound. Things evolve. Time blows by. Creatures of the night become deadlier. Where the Gloom Becomes Sound isn’t representative of monumental change, but rather the accrual of ambition over time in conjunction with continued exposure to and profound experiments with crossroads devilry. The Swedes’ new full-length is their most expressive and inventive to date. Where it will take them is only to greatness and with reverence. Down, furtherest down… indeed!
The black 180g-vinyl edition comes with a 16-page offset paper LP-booklet in a reverse-board widespine sleeve with black inside print.