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THE SKULL Signs to Tee Pee Records

New Band Featuring Members of Doom Metal Pioneers TROUBLE Set to Release New Music: order the CD directly from our webstore: http://bit.ly/1h6aN5y

     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.

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     About THE SKULL:

     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 FrustrationTHE 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.

     "Released in 1984, Trouble's debut is considered one of the first official Doom Metal albums ever released and what an entrance they made. Sabbath were Blues-inspired Heavy Metal at heart, Trouble were Doom through and through." - WHAT CULTURE

     "Released on Metal Blade in 1984, amidst the nascence of thrash and speed metal, Psalm 9 (which was originally just called Trouble) sounded unlike virtually anything else at that time. Doom as a genre didn't exist, though bands like Witchfinder General in the U.K., Saint Vitus in California and Pentagram in Virginia were following a similar path, all for the most part blissfully unaware of each other. For sheer heaviness, however-lyrically, production- and riff-wise-none of those other bands ever issued an album remotely as leaden as Psalm 9... it's easy to see why Psalm 9 left such a lasting impression, and continues to be regarded as one of the most important doom albums ever" - DECIBEL

     "Trouble always marched to a different beat no matter what was going on around them at the time. Their first two albums (Psalm 9 and The Skull) should quench the thirst of anyone who was left unsatisfied by Black Sabbath's late 70's material. Songs like "Victim of the Insane" brim with all of the familiar traits (slow-paced tempos, fat riffing, and morose lyrics) that make doom so appealing to metal fans. In Eric Wagner, Trouble also have one of the most dynamic singers found in that world." - IGN

     "TROUBLE's legend was built on multiple pillars, one being the high, mighty, voice of Eric Wagner. Often compared to early-period Ozzy, Wagner's pipes here are rather unrefined and his voice could accurately be described as "screechy", although it fits the music perfectly and has a very proud, very metal charisma that makes this recording special. Add to that the leaden guitar tone and twin-lead flourishes (later put to good use by acolytes from CORROSION OF CONFORMITY to AT THE GATES) and some primitive, clattering, but undeniable hooks, and you've got the recipe for a classic album, one whose influence has only truly been celebrated in the last decade (the entire "stoner rock" scene owes a debt to "Psalm 9", just for starters). This is fucking heavy metal." -BLABBERMOUTH

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