TRIBUNAL: The Weight Of Remembrance, The Epic Debut LP From Vancouver Gothic/Orchestral Doom Collective, Now Streaming In Its Entirety; Album Out Friday On 20 Buck Spin

photos by Liam Kanigan

The Weight Of Remembrance, the melancholic debut album by Vancouver-based gothic/orchestral doom collective TRIBUNAL, is now streaming in its epic entirety preceding its official release this Friday through 20 Buck Spin.

Featuring classically trained cellist/bassist/vocalist Soren Mourne and guitarist/vocalist Etienne Flinn, TRIBUNAL’s brick-heavy classic doom riffage borders on death metal heaviness, like My Dying Bride filtered through a colossal stained-glass edifice. The sound is instantly familiar with nods to the ‘80s and ‘90s but never sounds retro or like mere homage. Rather, The Weight Of Remembrance evokes the feeling of a painstakingly composed orchestral movement fit for a crumbling cathedral overgrown with moss. The duo frequently trades off vocals alternating between haunted wailing cleans, scathing black-metal style shrieks and dread-filled death calls.

The Weight Of Remembrance features additional contributions from several other talented musicians, including drums by Julia Geaman, additional drums on “Apathy’s Keep” by Magdalena Wienski, piano on “Remembrance” by Claine Lamb, and additional vocals by Rory Say. The album was recorded by TRIBUNAL except for the primary drums which were recorded by Andrew Conroy at Fifth Chord Studios and Wienski’s drums which were recorded by Violetta Macri at CJSF, after which the songs were mixed and mastered by Markov Soroka. The beautifully painted cover artwork was created by Soren Mourne, with lettering and frame by Karmazid, photography by Liam Kanigan, and layout by Dan Fried completing the presentation.

The Weight Of Remembrance represents the fruits of five years of collaboration, reflection, and creation, from its inception to final release,” the band offers. “The time has finally come to share it with the world, and we are grateful to all who choose to spend your time with our work. We hope you find resonance with the ageless melancholy of times past, and paths lost as we did in the writing of this album.”

TRIBUNAL’s The Weight Of Remembrance can be streamed early in its entirety now at YouTube HERE.

20 Buck Spin will release The Weight Of Remembrance on LP, CD, CS, and digital this Friday, January 20th. Find preorders through the webshop HERE and Bandcamp HERE, and watch the video for “Without Answer” HERE.

TRIBUNAL will support the record live with a trio of shows across their home province of British Columbia February 17th through 19th. The band will share the stage with Heron in Vancouver, Liminal Shroud in Victoria, Telosia in Kelowna, and Mares Of Thrace on all three shows. Watch for additional live performances and tour dates to be announced shortly.

2/17/2023 The Waldorf – Vancouver, BC w/ Mares Of Thrace, Heron
2/18/2023 Wicket Hall – Victoria, BC w/ Mares Of Thrace, Liminal Shroud
2/19/2023 Jackknife Brewing – Kelowna, BC w/ Mares Of Thrace, Telosia

TRIBUNAL may yet be unknown to the wider world, but their spellbinding The Weight Of Remembrance is poised to immediately change that. Steeped in the black velvet finery of gothic doom metal, the band weaves dark tales of ultimate judgement, never-ending rain, and forsaken despair.

TRIBUNAL’s debut is an essential addition to the modern doom canon, one which can expand in infinite musical directions from a base of crushing tragic heaviness and forlorn purpose. In that sense The Weight Of Remembrance has the accomplished atmosphere of a band beyond their years in the scope and execution of its vision. Fans of My Dying Bride, Candlemass, Type O Negative, Paradise Lost, Occultation, Dream Unending, and Pentagram should not miss out on TRIBUNAL.