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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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 »

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 »