Mar 072015
 

theskullthosecd The Skull could be said to be resurrected from the wind-blown ravages of Trouble. So here is a quick recap of Trouble’s career through traditional doom. Their best known Metal Blade releases are ‘Trouble’ {later renamed as ‘Psalm 9’} (1984), ‘The Skull’ (1985), with a less enthusiastic response to ‘Run to the Light’ (1987). They moved onto stoner metal for ‘Trouble’ (1990), ‘Manic Frustration’ (1992), ‘Plastic Green Head’ (1995) and ‘Simple Mind Condition’ (2007).

Eric Wagner’s lyrics on ‘Psalm 9’ were notable for the biblical overtones, because they were unusual in mainstream metal of the eighties. The Skull’s debut album features original Trouble vocalist Eric Wagner alongside former Trouble bassist Ron Holzner and former Trouble drummer Jeff “Oly” Olson with guitarist Lothar Keller (Sacred Dawn) and Matt Goldsborough (Pentagram). The band’s main aim is to bring back the American Doom Metal band sound of Trouble combined with new material. Their debut album ‘For Those Which Are Asleep’ was released in November 2014 via Tee Pee Records.

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Jan 182015
 

Jeff-Oly-OlsonOriginal Trouble drummer Jeff “Oly” Olson has decided to leave The Skull, the band he formed with fellow original Trouble member Eric Wagner (vocals) and longtime Trouble bassist Ron Holzner. “There is no animosity in the band and it was a friendly departure,” reads a statement from Olson‘s wife and publicist, Leigh Olson.

Jeff tweeted last Friday (January 16): “I loved jamming with @TroubleTheSkull, but it’s time to depart and wish the band all the best! Looking forward to my next chapter…”

The Skull released its debut album, “For Those Which Are Asleep”, on November 4, 2014 via Tee Pee Records. Continue reading »

Dec 042014
 

theskullband2014new_638Fan-filmed video footage of The Skull — the new band featuring two original members of American doom metal legends Trouble, Eric Wagner (vocals) and Jeff “Oly” Olson (drums), alongside longtime Trouble bassist Ron Holzner, guitarist Lothar Keller (Sacred Dawn) and former Pentaram guitarist Matt Goldsborough — performing on October 10 at the Day Of Doom festival in Barcelona, Spain can be seen below.

The Skull released its debut album, “For Those Which Are Asleep”, on November 4 via Tee Pee Records.

The last tour dates for this year are listed below. Maybe they play somewhere in your area, if so … go see them live.

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Aug 272014
 

theskullband2014new_638The Skull — the new band featuring two original members of American doom metal legends Trouble, Eric Wagner (vocals) and Jeff “Oly” Olson (drums), alongside longtime Trouble bassist Ron Holzner, guitarist Lothar Keller (Sacred Dawn) and former Pentaram guitarist Matt Goldsborough — will release its debut album, “For Those Which Are Asleep”, on November 4 via Tee Pee Records.

Written and recorded this past spring, “For Those Which Are Asleep” is the first full-length album to feature Wagner, Holzner and Olson since the 1995 release of Trouble‘s critically acclaimed LP “Plastic Green Head”. The new record’s greatest strength is how well it captures the apocalyptic trudge that Trouble delivered from the first downbeat of their 1984 debut, but now unequivocally propelled by the hallmarks of a hungry new band fueled by new blood. The mighty voice of Wagner is on full display; the vocalist proving on “For Those Which Are Asleep” that he still wields an eerie power at the mic. Titanic riffs abound as Keller and Goldsborough weave ominous atmospheres over the molten, crushing core of Holzner and Olson‘s sinister strut. Continue reading »

May 232014
 

Eric WagnerDom of MetalRecusants.com conducted an interview with former Trouble and current The Skull frontman Eric Wagner before The Skull‘s May 10 concert at Reggies rock club in Chicago, Illinois. You can now watch the chat below.

The Skull — the heavy doom-rock band featuring original Trouble members vocalist Eric Wagner and drummer Jeff “Oly” Olson, alongside longtime former Trouble bassist Ron Holzner and Sacred Dawn guitarist Lothar Keller — has announced the addition of former Pentagram guitarist Matt Goldsborough to the group’s ranks. He will be taking over for Chuck Robinson, who has decided to exit the band in order to focus on “his demanding professional career,” according to a press release.

Matt Goldsborough is Philadelphia-based guitarist who joined Pentagram in April 2013 and performed with the legendary band throughout the United States and Europe until original Pentagram guitarist Victor Griffin (In-Graved) decided to rejoin earlier this year. Continue reading »