‘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 »

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 »

Mar 282014

theskullband2014_638The Skull, the new band featuring original members of American doom metal legends TroubleEric Wagner [vocals] and Jeff “Oly” Olson [drums] — alongside longtime Trouble bassist Ron Holzner, Sacred Dawn guitarist Lothar Keller, and former Trouble bassist-turned-guitarist Chuck Robinson, will unleash two new singles recorded with acclaimed producer/engineer Billy Anderson [Melvins, Neurosis]. The “limited-edition” white vinyl replica CD featuring ‘Sometime Yesterday Mourning’ [side A] and ‘The Last Judgment’[side B] will be made available on Tuesday, April 8 via Tee Pee Records.

‘Sometime Yesterday Mourning’ and The Last Judgment’ will premiere exclusively on Olson‘s podcast “Heady Metal With Jeff Olson” via InThePitRadio.com on Friday, April 4 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST. Olson will be live on air and field reporting from The Skull‘s listening party that evening at the Ragnarokk Metal Apocalypse Fest at Reggies Rock Club in in Chicago, where fans can purchase the CD. Olson, along with Wagner, Holzner, Robinson and Keller, will all be available to personally sign the limited-edition white vinyl replica CD. Continue reading »

Oct 092013

blackfingernewbassistBlackfinger, the band featuring former Trouble vocalist Eric Wagner, has announced the addition of Chicago bassist Willie Max to the group’s ranks [picture]. Willie, a member of long-running Chicago metal outfit Shadoz Edge, as well as Spillage [featuring Earthen Grave‘s Tony Spillman], replaces Ben Smith, who has moved on to pursue other musical interests.

Blackfinger recently signed a worldwide deal with Germany’s Church Within Records. The group’s self-titled debut album will be released on CD and vinyl by the end of the year. A full tour in the support of the effort is in the works.

A new Blackfinger promo video from Kathy Reeves Productions can be seen below. 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 »