New Self Titled EP from The Skull!January 26, 2016
THE SKULL - the band featuring former TROUBLE vocalist Eric Wagner and bassist Ron Holzner alongside guitarist Lothar Keller and former PENTAGRAM drummer Sean Saley, have released a new 5 song EP, titled, "The Skull" (available HERE) in anticipation for their upcoming European tour.
The EP also celebrates the welcoming of new guitarist Rob Wrong (WITCH MOUNTAIN) into THE SKULL. Ron Holzner comments, "We are excited and fortunate to have Rob Wrong on board. He fits perfectly in The Skull.”
THE SKULL recently recorded two songs for a 7" single for Tee Pee Records to be released in April. "The Longing" is a bluesy doom metal traditional Skull song while B-side "The Skull" is an updated version of the classic song that originally appeared on Trouble's 1985 record of the same name.
"Having named the band THE SKULL after the classic horror movie of the same name it seemed fitting to do an updated version of a song I co-wrote called "The Skull" for its 30 year anniversary," comments Wagner. "It's the perfect B-side and lyrically resonates in the world we live in now....and it happens to be the name of our band, funny how that works out.”
THE SKULL recorded a recent packed concert at Reggies Rock Club in Chicago and picked two songs from the live set to add to the new EP/CD. "Till the Sun Turns Black" is a heavy Bluesy number, taken from THE SKULL's debut, "For Those Which Are Asleep", and the crowd favorite "Assassin" is taken from Trouble's 1984 release, Psalm 9. The single "A New Generation" -- also from "For Those Which Are Asleep" -- rounds out the new EP.
"Featuring ex-members of influential doom metal group Trouble, The Skull picked up where that band left off with their debut album, 2014’s For Those Which Are Asleep. Trouble’s brand of doom-metal always leaned more towards the heavier rock end of Black Sabbath. Thanks to Eric Wagner’s still phenomenal vocal range and the rock-solid bass attack of Ron Holzner, The Skull feels like a natural extension of the exemplary work they had been putting out during their 20-plus years with Trouble." - LA WEEKLY
If you are in Chicago don't miss their show w/ SLEEP at Thalia Hall on January 27th. Full EU tour in Feb/March/April - dates below!
THE SKULL (ex-Trouble, ex-Pentagram)
For Those Which Are Asleep European Tour 2016
Presented by Rock Hard Magazine, Guitar Magazine, DrumHeads Magazine, & Grow!
26.02.2016 NL-Tilburg, Little Devil *
27.02.2016 NL-Amsterdam, Q-Factory *
29.02.2016 DE-Cologne, Underground *
01.03.2016 DE-Bielefeld, Forum *
03.03.2016 DE-Hamburg, Klubsen *
04.03.2016 DE-Leipzig, Bandhaus *
05.03.2016 DE-Greifswald, JUZ Flex *
06.03.2016 PL-Gdynia, Ucho *
09.03.2016 DE-Dresden, Chemiefabrik *
10.03.2016 DE-Berlin, Cassiopeia *
11.03.2016 DE-Markneukirchen, Framus & Warwick Music Hall *
12.03.2016 DE-Munich, Backstage
14.03.2016 AT-Graz, Explosiv * #
15.03.2016 SK-Bratislava, Muzeum Obchodu *
16.03.2016 HU-Budapest, Dürer Kert * #
17.03.2016 AT-Wien, Viper Room * #
18.03.2016 AT-Innsbruck, Weekender * #
19.03.2016 IT-Bologna, Freakclub *
20.03.2016 DE-Karlsruhe, Jubez *
14.-17.04.2016 NL-Tilburg, Roadburn Festival (2 shows!)
16.04.2016 DK-Aalborg, 1000Fryd **
17.04.2016 DK-Copenhagen, Stengade **
19.04.2016 SE-Göteborg, Truckstop Alaska
20.04.2016 NO-Oslo, Revolver ***
21.04.2016 NO-Kristiansand, Onkel Aksel *** NEW!!!
22.04.2016 NO-Sandnes, Tribute ***
23.04.2016 NO-Bergen, Inside ***
17.-19.06.2016 FR-Clisson, Hellfest (with Black Sabbath, Rammstein, and others)
*support: Stepfather Fred
**support: Night Viper
***support: HEX A.D.
#: includes Magma Rise as 2nd support