|Studio album by Trouble|
|Released||March 10 1984|
|Recorded||February 1984 at Track Record Studios in Los Angeles, California|
|Genre||Doom Metal, Christian Metal|
|Label||Metal Blade Records|
|Producer||Trouble, Bill Metoyer, Brian Slagel|
|The Skull |
Psalm 9 is the debut studio album by American doom metal band Trouble, released on March 10, 1984. The album was originally released as the eponymous Trouble and was later renamed to Psalm 9 after the release of the band's fourth studio album Trouble, which was their 1990 self-titled release. Along with Saint Vitus' eponymous debut album from the same year, Psalm 9 is considered by many critics to be one of the first doom metal releases and highly influential to the genre as a whole.
While reviews of the album at the time are somewhat scarce but reviews of the album have come in the years since it's release, to universal praise. Eduardo Rivadavia, writing for AllMusic, awarded a 4.5/5 score, notably stating that "Psalm 9 was undoubtedly one of the opening salvos of a truly American-bred doom style.". Hermer Arroyo of Metal Crypt, awarding a 4.75/5, cited the album as "a landmark in U.S. metal and is a classic that everyone must have.". Other notable retroactive reviews of Psalm 9 include the likes of Sea of Tranquility (4 Stars), Thrash Pit (8/10), Blabbermouth (10/10), and Ride Into Glory (9.8/10). Psalm 9 would be inducted into the Decibel Hall of Fame on their 58th issue.
At the time of release The track "Assassin" was released as a single and included a cover of British rock band Cream's 1967 song "Tales of Brave Ulysses" as a B-side. Music videos were also shot for "Assassin", "Victim of The Insane" and "Psalm 9".
Psalm 9 was originally released in 1984 via Metal Blade Records. In 1991 it would see a CD issue for the first time, then remastered using the original master tapes and reissued again by Metal Blade in 1994, commemorating the 10th anniversary of its release. On 26 October 2006, Escapi Music would reissue Psalm 9 with a bonus DVD. FRW Music would reissue the album in 2010 and 2013. Hammerheart Records would reissue the album (Along with several other Trouble releases) on 22 May 2020, in CD, Cassette and Vinyl formats.
Tracklist[edit | edit source]
All songs written by Trouble except where noted.
- 1. The Tempter (6:37)
- 2. Assassin (3:13)
- 3. Victim of The Insane (5:10)
- 4. Revolution (Life or Death (5:06)
- 5. Bastards Will Pay (3:43)
- 6. The Fall of Lucifer (5:44)
- 7. Endtime (4:59)
- 8. Psalm 9 (4:49)
- 9. Tales of Brave Ulysses (3:57) (Cream)
Personnel[edit | edit source]
- Eric Wagner - Vocals
- Bruce Franklin - Guitar
- Rick Wartell - Guitar
- Sean McAllister - Bass
- Jeff Olson - Drums
- Bill Metoyer - Producer, Engineer
- Brian Slagel - Producer
- Gary Docken - Artwork
- Joe LaRosa - Logo Concept