Tribune's third and latest effort, Elder Lore/The Dark Arts is a compilation of older material which was not selected for Rotting Core and material written since the release of the three-song EP. Much more than an album of rejects, however, Elder Lore/The Dark Arts is extremely varied in its sonic landscapes, and contains many songs which fans had been asking the band to record for years. The dual title portrays the two different phases of songwriting represented on this album; the "Elder Lore" being Chemistry Arrives, Below, and The World's Greatest Cynic, written before guitarist Shawn Culley joined the band, whereas "The Dark Arts" accurately displays how Culley has leant an influence on Tribune's sound that is darker, faster, and more evil. Nor are the other members of the band lacking in their presence on this album.
Guitarist Terry Anderson performs more solos than on any previous effort, and not mindless noodling, but singable, memorable solos. Drummer Jason Brown is faster and more technical than ever, and check out Below for a Moby Dick-style drum solo breakdown. Bassist Ryan O'shea creates bass lines which one can actually recall, and which at times even drive the songs(on Man On The Outside, for example). The vocals put forward by Bryan Baker on this album are some of his catchiest, such as the choruses on The Succubus or It Came From The Swamps.... All in all, here is a metal album on which every song is distinct and easily distinguishable from the last, which is no mean feat in today's glutted and homogenous music market.
Elder Lore/The Dark Arts
With enough songs for another full-length but lacking the finances to actually record said full-length album and have it be of sufficient quality, Tribune decided to record and self-release a three-song EP of the songs that the band felt most accurately represented them. The question was, which songs to select? After an intensive voting process, Tribune selected the title track Rotting Core, the apocalyptic Coming Of Cain, and the then-newly-penned tale of Lovecraftian horror, The Shadow. These songs are a world apart from the older material, showcasing harmonic arrangements written for two guitars, catchy lead bass lines, much faster and more intricate drumming, and an increased death metal influence on the vocals. These, truly, were the wayposts proudly displaying the future path of Tribune. The songs which were passed over for selection for this album were not discarded, as the various members of the group still enjoyed playing them live, which prompted a number of Tribune's fans to ask about where to procure recordings of these mystery songs.
Tribune's first release, the majority of these songs were written while the band was still performing under the name Blacklist. It is a raw, untutored, primal-sounding album, lacking much of the songwriting sophistication that was to develop later, and yet still contains a certain mixture of brash heaviness and juicy melody that define Tribune's sound. The arrangements are simpler and more rock-oriented than those found on later releases, and much of this is likely due to the fact that all but two of the songs on this album were written by the Anderson/Baker/Brown combo, and thus lacked the speed/death metal influence of future guitar player Shawn Culley, and the melodic lead-style of bass player Ryan O'shea. The two exceptions to this are Pathetically Apathetic and Witness, which were drawn from some of guitarist Terry Anderson's earlier projects and revamped. The first version of Home Sweet Hell (2005) had an acoustic version of Slaves as a bonus track, while the second version (2006) had an early recording of Chemistry Arrives, a more polished version of which later appeared on Elder Lore/The Dark Arts.
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