Jun 042018
 

The Skull, the band featuring vocalist Eric Wagner and bassist Ron Holzner, formerly of metal legends Trouble, will release its sophomore album, “The Endless Road Turns Dark”, on September 7 via Tee Pee Records. The LP was recorded in Chicago’s Decade Music Studios with engineer Sanford Parker (YobTombs) and builds on the foundation laid by The Skull‘s debut album, “For Those Which Are Asleep”, a recording that landed at or near the top of a host of 2014 year-end best of lists.

The lyric video for “The Endless Road Turns Dark” title track can be seen below. Continue reading »

Apr 012018
 

The Skull, the band featuring vocalist Eric Wagner and bassist Ron Holzner, formerly of metal legends Trouble, has completed work on its sophomore album. Titled “The Endless Road Turns Dark”, the LP was recorded in Chicago’s Decade Music Studios with engineer Sanford Parker (Yob Tombs) and builds on the foundation laid by The Skull‘s debut album, “For Those Which Are Asleep”, a recording that landed at or near the top of a host of 2014 year-end best of lists. A fall release date is projected for the new LP.

To celebrate the completion of the new album, The Skull, which also features longtime Cathedral drummer Brian Dixon, guitarist Lothar Keller (Sacred Dawn), and guitarist Rob Wrong (Witch Mountain), has announced a spring U.S. headlining tour that will launch on April 18 in Rochester, New York. The 16-city jaunt will run through May 5 in Lombard, Illinois. Continue reading »

Aug 122017
 

The official lyric video for ‘When Colors Fade Away”, the title track of the new album from Blackfinger, the band led by former Trouble singer Eric Wagner, can be seen below. The clip was created by Rafael Ortega (Ayreon, Helsott, Subteranean Masquerade).

“After I finished the first Blackfinger record and actually sat back and listened to it, it dawned upon me that ‘when colors fade away’ would be a great title and concept for the next one… of course, I didn’t know there would be one, but I always hope,” explains Eric. “A common thread throughout that album was the different feelings of what colors meant to me. I wondered what would happen if all the colors were gone? What would life be like without colors? I also wanted to clear up some of the misconceptions of what we are taught throughout our lives, most of which seems unrealistic to me and only serves to better the collection plate.

“When I first saw the lyric video for ‘When Colors Fade Away’, I was totally fuckin’ blown away. I was not expecting it… it was perfect… like the dude read my mind. It is in my opinion thee best lyric video I have ever seen… I love it.”

“When Colors Fade Away” will be released on September 15 via M-Theory Audio. Continue reading »

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 »