The Skull, the new band featuring original members of American doom metal legends Trouble — Eric 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.
‘Sometime Yesterday Mourning’ is a doomy metal song written by Keller, Holzner and Wagner that showcases the genre pioneers’ distinct style while ‘The Last Judgement’ is a “revisiting” of the classic Trouble song of the same name that originally appeared on the classic 1983 “Metal Massacre IV” compilation album.
“I think ‘Sometime Yesterday Mourning’ is the perfect song for The Skull to lead with and there’s a reason why it was the first song we completed as a band,” commented Wagner. “It’s about coming to a point in life when it’s just time for a new beginning, a fresh start if you will, and finally coming to terms with the past.
“Being that it is the 30th anniversary of the release of the song ‘The Last Judgement’ — the first song we ever released — we thought it fit perfectly for the B-side and considering what ‘Sometime Yesterday Mourning’ is about, it made sense to me. You have to go through your past to get to your future.”
The Skull will follow the release of the new songs with its debut full length LP, tentatively slated for release this autumn.
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Saturday, 10 May 2014 @ Reggies, Chicago, Illinois
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