Trouble - _Plastic Green Head_
(Century Media, 1995)
by: Adrian Bromley (
Not too big on this Sabbath/70's kind of feel with extensive guitar solos and riffs that shed more sludge and trudge than the Great Lakes - but in some way or another, Trouble (with this, their sixth album) seems to lift my perception of their music just a bit beyond that description; a bit. Listening to _Plastic Green Head_, I hear a lot of Sabbath and Deep Purple influenced music with which they have been known to carry on. The most peculiar thing I picked up was the vocals of Eric Wagner sounding a bit like Rob Halford and his Fight voice (eerie but true - listen to 'The Eye') as the album went on. Sure there are some good songs here like 'Hear The Earth', the title track, 'Requiem', and even a Beatles cover of 'Tomorrow Never Knows', but with those choices aside, I felt bored and it felt like I was forced to listen to the rest of the music within the album after I heard those tracks. Good to see that there are bands playing music that seems to preserve the essence of what metal was all about when it started. See this band live (I saw them with White Zombie a few years back) because they are much heavier live and the music may even make an impact on you. Not my choice for an album to slap on and headbang to, but it'll suffice for all those craving real, rooted heavy metal.
(article published 12/13/1995)
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