Talkin ‘Bout Flex: Tribulation

Since Issue #75, Decibel has brought you left-of-center b-sides, rarities, live recordings and new songs from top-tier metal bands via the outstanding Flexi Series. Want to hear the stories behind these recordings? Read on.

This month, we contacted Swedish death miscreants Tribulation, whose 2009 debut, The Horror, perked up ears but whose subsequent efforts, including last year’s The Children of the Night, turned our collective heads all the way around, several times over. That record nearly scored the top spot on our 2015 year-end list, relinquishing it to another noteworthy progressive behemoth, Horrendous. We were able to get Tribulation signed up for our fifth Decibel Magazine Tour, which kicks off in Baltimore in only ten days and which will make a month-long trek around the continent.

But we also got a pair of Flexi songs from the band, and that’s why we’re all here today. Be sure to check out all three-and-three-quarters minutes of their take on Misfits goodness. Hope to see you on the tour!

When were you approached to contribute to the Flexi Series?

At the same time as we got offered to be on the Decibel tour.

What songs did you choose for the Flexi?

We chose to do “Death Comes Ripping“ and “Devilock“ by The Misfits. We’ve always loved their music and felt like this could be a good opportunity to pay them our respects.

When and where did you record the song?

We recorded some of it in Studio Bomber & Granat under the supervision of Olle Granat, where we’ve done some stuff that was on the bonus 7″ in the box set for our latest album and the rest we did ourselves in Necromantic Studios which we also used for some tracks on the same boxset 7″. After it was recorded, Ola Ersfjord mixed it. It was kind of weird only spending two days or so on it, since we’re normally in the studio for a much longer time.

Your Flexi is black with gold text. What do you think about that color choice?

That sounds like an excellent choice!

Have you listened to other songs in the Flexi Series? What is your favorite Flexi so far?

No, I have never heard any of them actually, since Decibel Magazine is kind of unusual in Sweden. I hope to hear a few soon though!