The Skull — the new band featuring original members Eric Wagner (vocals) and Jeff “Oly” Olson (drums) of American doom metal legends Trouble alongside longtime Trouble bassist Ron Holzner and Sacred Dawn guitarist Lothar Keller — have inked a deal with Tee Pee Records, the NYC record label known for releasing landmark albums from acts such as High on Fire, Graveyard, Earthless and Sleep.
The Skull recently recorded two songs with acclaimed producer / engineer Billy Anderson (Melvins, Neurosis) which will see the light of day this spring. “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.
The Skull is a musical collaboration founded by three former members of American doom metal pioneers Trouble; vocalist Eric Wagner, bassist Ron Holzner and drummer Jeff “Oly” Olson, all three noted for their talents and strong influence in the worldwide metal scene. Trouble formed in 1979 and is universally hailed as one of the pioneers of doom metal genre, alongside bands such as Pentagram, Witchfinder General, Candlemass and Saint Vitus. Trouble created a distinct (and distinctly HEAVY) style by merging influences from the British heavy metal bands Black Sabbath and Judas Priest with psychedelic rock acts of the 1970s. The band’s first two albums, Psalm 9 (released in 1984, enshrined in Decibel magazine’s “Hall of Fame” and regarded as one of the most important doom albums ever) and The Skull (1985) are cited as doom metal landmarks. The band later went on to flirt with crossover success when they signed with Rick Rubin’s Def American Recordings for the release of 1992’s Manic Frustration. The Skull formed in 2011 to “continue the sounds and spirit of Trouble – past, present, future” and has been performing for audiences in the United States and Europe to overwhelming response. The Skull will release its first new material as a band in the spring of 2014 via NYC’s Tee Pee Records.