TRIBUNAL: Vancouver Orchestral Doom Act Announces Doom Over Western Canada Summer Tour; Acclaimed The Weight Of Remembrance Debut LP Out Now On 20 Buck Spin

photos by Sav Bagshaw

Vancouver-based gothic/orchestral doom collective TRIBUNAL announces a run of Summer tour dates in support of their acclaimed debut LP, The Weight Of Remembrance, released at the beginning of the year on 20 Buck Spin.

Doom Over Western Canada Summer 2023 begins on July 7th when TRIBUNAL performs alongside Profanatica, Gevurah, The Ominous Circle, Egregore, and more at the two-day Covenant Festival in their hometown. From there, the band tours through Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, and Victoria into early August. The Calgary and Edmonton dates will see TRIBUNAL co-headlining with Liminal Shroud. See the confirmed tour routing below and watch for further updates to post.

TRIBUNAL Doom Over Western Canada Summer 2023:
7/07/2023 Covenant Festival @ Wise Hall – Vancouver, BC
7/13/2023 Starlite Temple – Edmonton, AB
7/14/2023 The Palomino – Calgary, AB
7/15/2023 Amigos Cantina – Saskatoon, SK
7/16/2023 Good Will Social Club – Winnipeg, MB
8/02/2023 Centennial Square – Victoria, BC

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. Steeped in the black velvet finery of gothic doom metal, the band weaves dark tales of ultimate judgement, never-ending rain, and forsaken despair.

Find TRIBUNAL’s The Weight Of Remembrance on LP, CD, CS, and digital platforms everywhere 20 Buck Spin titles are sold including the label webshop HERE and Bandcamp HERE, and watch the video for “Without Answer” HERE.

“…a record of exquisite gloom well worth the wait… From the opening funeral bells, The Weight Of Remembrance invoked the colossal ruins and dark rivers of ‘90s doom like My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost. The songs are huge and hypnotic; patient instead of plodding.” – Decibel Magazine

TRIBUNAL plays gothic doom for gothic doom fans, but this is one example of a band taking the recognized tenets of a subgenre and doing it well enough for it to stand on its own merits. Sure, the sonic hues at play here easily blend into the tapestry painted by My Dying Bride, Anathema, and Paradise Lost, but this isn’t a mere repetition. This album’s musicality elevates its faithfulness to the genre.” – Metal Injection

TRIBUNAL preaches the mix of traditional doom metal with elements of death-doom, but Soren’s vocals and cello let both the band and the label use the “gothic doom” tag to describe this material.” – No Clean Singing

“With diverse arrangements, strong songwriting, and evocative imagery, The Weight Of Remembrance is a stunning debut. Existentially heavy yet strangely euphoric, TRIBUNAL’s inaugural full-length is a must-have for misery junkies and those that thrive in the dark.” – Bandcamp Daily

“The Weight Of Remembrance is one of the best doom albums you’ll hear this year. Debuts this mature and successful don’t come around often and TRIBUNAL just planted a big flag on the doom map. The verdict: Get your ears on this thing ASAP or face ridicule and scorn. 4/5″ – Angry Metal Guy