First things first: if you don't like metal, and I mean unadulterated, unapologetic heavy metal, then this album isn't for you. Fans of Sabbath dirges and NWOBHM-style melodicism, however, will find this finely crafted slab of melodic, uptempo doom a headbangers delight. Uptempo doom? Perhaps an explanation is in order. Although Trouble can plod and mope with the heaviest Sabbathites, it's the band's tendency to intersperse the sludge with faster, Priest-like chugging and Maidenesque double-lead guitar melodies that sets them apart from the slower-than-thou doom purists. In this way, they're actually more faithful Sabbath acolytes: if you'll recall, crushing dirges were only one facet of the classic Sabbath sound. At the same time, all this name dropping doesn't do justice to the quality of this music, which seemlessly incorporates the whole of pure heavy metal from its inception, to the 1984 recording date. When I discovered this album in the late 80s, it was a godsend (no pun intended-read the lyrics, and you'll see what I mean). Trouble had no boogie influences, no hairspray, and no ballads, but at the same time, were firmly ensconed in the pre-speed/thrash metal tradition. The glam metal of the former description was a ubiquitous irritant, at the time, while thrash and embryonic death metal were my staple musical diet. Trouble (along with Mercyful Fate, Helloween, and, of course, Iron Maiden) were a refreshingly melodic change of pace, while retaining the essential punch and edge that separated heavy metal from post-Guns n' Roses hard rock. Now that "stoner metal" has revived an interest in the doomy and drugged, while "power metal" bands like Iced Earth and Blind Guardian have reignited the embers of classic 80s metal melodicism, the younger generation of rivetheads owe it to themselves to check out this crucial, eminently satisfying cd.