Dec 032014
 

Trouble_logo‘Paranoia Conspiracy’ is taken from Trouble‘s first studio album in six years, “The Distortion Field”, which sold around 760 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 25 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

“The Distortion Field”, was released in Europe on August 23th. 2013 via FRW Records, the 12-song follow-up to 2007′s “Simple Mind Condition” was helmed by veteran producer  Bill Metoyer [Slayer, W.A.S.P., Armored Saint, Dark Angel, Sacred Reich] and marks the recording debut with Trouble of lead singer Kyle Thomas following the departure of the group’s frontman of four years, Kory Clarke [of Warrior Soul fame). Continue reading »

‘Trouble’ Working on New Material

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Aug 052014
 

Trouble_logoMetal Kaoz recently conducted an interview with guitarist Rick Wartell of Chicago doom metal legends Trouble. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Metal Kaoz: Have you done any writing or you just have some ideas? Where are you standing on that matter?

Rick: I think we have 8 or 10 songs written at this point for the new Trouble album and we’re gonna continue writing; we like to have a few extras in our bag, so we can pick and choose the stronger songs. In my opinion, a lot of them are completed and we just maybe need to do a little tweaking here and there but yeah, the writing process is in full swing and we’re getting close.

Metal Kaoz: When did you start writing, because “The Distortion Field” took a long time to be released, so now you’re talking you have already that many songs… Continue reading »

Trouble – “The Distortion Field”

 Posted by on August 24, 2013 at 23:14  No Responses »
Aug 242013
 

distortionfieldcoverWhen bands replace iconic members, especially vocalists, Trouble (yes, I meant that) often ensues.  For those who have not heard, The Distortion Field features Kyle Thomas (Exhorder, Floodgate) on vocals and not the beloved Eric Wagner.  For many, this distinction will guide enjoyment of the album above all else and that really is a shame because there is a lot to like here.

Trouble was formed in 1979 by Eric Wagner, guitarists Bruce Franklin and Rick Wartell, bassist Sean McAllister, and drummer Jeff Olson and they created a doom metal sound that combined Black Sabbath, and other 1970s hard rock/metal bands.  As is usually the case with bands around for over 30 years there have been a number of band members coming and going and a lot of this turmoil has likely influenced the productivity of Trouble as The Distortion Field is only the eighth album from the band over this time.  The debut album from Trouble came in 1984 with what has now been re-released as Psalm 9 and this album alone could have cemented Trouble’s place in metal history as it has been referred to as one of the first and finest examples of doom metal.  To provide some perspective around this release, artists from Dave Grohl to Metallica cite this album as a key influence in their careers. Continue reading »

Aug 212013
 

Rob_bass_TroubleChicago doom metal legends Trouble have announced the addition of bassist Rob Hultz to the group’s ranks.

Hultz is no stranger to the heavy metal, hard rock, and doom metal genres as his lengthy music resume boasts. While still in high school, he joined an East Coast hardcore band called Social Decay which served as his introduction to recording and touring. After a decade, he left with the guitar player to form the doom metal band Godspeed and was signed to Atlantic Records. Their debut album was recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York and produced by Rachel Bolan of Skid Row. The band was represented by Gloria Butler Management and toured with iconic bands such as Black Sabbath, Dio and Cathedral, to name just a few.

In 1996, Hultz helped form Solace, another notable doom metal band, which was signed to Meteor City Records, and played large arenas, clubs, and festivals such as Roadburn and Hellfest. Their last recording, “A.D.”, was released on Small Stone Records in 2010 and voted Best Metal Album of the Year on iTunes. Since then, Hultz has lent his talents on projects for Lethal Aggression and Disease Concept. Continue reading »

Jul 262013
 

Trouble_logo“The Distortion Field”, the first studio album in six years from Chicago doom-metal legends Trouble, sold around 760 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 25 on the Top New Artist Albums [Heatseekers] chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

Comments Trouble guitarist Rick Wartell: “It’s an honor to receive the positive feedback, reviews and recognition. We’re extremely grateful to our fans and everyone who supported us during the making of ‘The Distortion Field’.” Continue reading »