"The Aftermath of Lies" (V Entertainment; 2016)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

When I first received "The Aftermath of Lies," I was unaware that Tribulance had released their first album, "Trials and Tribulations," back in 1985. And that that was their only album. But, after hearing this new CD, I really want to go back and find out what that first record sounded like.

"The Aftermath of Lies" is a brutal nine-track collection of furious guitars, pounding drums and metal rage. It sounds something like a less-angry Pantera with a Rob Halford clone on vocals. Okay, let's be honest there's only one Rob Halford, but Tribulance vocalist Michael Vidal has that same soaring quality.

But if you're looking for heavy, then look no further than "The Aftermath of Lies." Songs like "Conflict" and "Enamored" can destroy your speakers if you play it at 10 (which you should). My favorite track is "Betray" with its rolling riffs and Vidal's gruffer vocals.

Overall, this is a killer album from beginning to end. Here's to hoping Tribulance doesn't wait another twenty years to release another CD.

Tribulance: Michael Vidal lead vocals; Sal Flores lead/rhythm guitars, backing vocals; Gino Silva bass; backing vocals; Brandon Lee drums, backing vocals.
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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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