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The Skull

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Below is our complete The Skull news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

The Skull Streaming "The Touch Of Reality"

The Skull's debut album "For Those Which Are Asleep" is due to be released worldwide on Tuesday, November 4th via Tee Pee Records.

In advance of the record's release, The Obelisk today rolls out new song "The Touch of Reality." Give it a listen at this location.

The previously released track "Till The Sun Turns Black" can also still be heard over here, and the full track listing is as follows:

01. Trapped Inside My Mind
02. The Touch Of Reality
03. Sick Of It All
04. The Door
05. Send Judas Down
06. A New Generation
07. Till The Sun Turns Black
08. For Those Which Are Asleep
09. Sometime Yesterday Mourning
10. The Last Judgment

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The Skull Performance Footage Available

The Skull's debut album "For Those Which Are Asleep" will be released worldwide on Tuesday, November 4th via Tee Pee Records.

The band features original Trouble members vocalist Eric Wagner and drummer Jeff “Oly” Olson and recently dropped a new track titled "Till The Sun Turns Back," which can be heard at this location.

In other news, footage from the band's latest show in London, England on October 11th has been made available online, courtesy of YouTube user YeAuldMetaller. Check it out below. The new album's track listing is as follows:

01. Trapped Inside My Mind
02. The Touch Of Reality
03. Sick Of It All
04. The Door
05. Send Judas Down
06. A New Generation
07. Till The Sun Turns Black
08. For Those Which Are Asleep
09. Sometime Yesterday Mourning
10. The Last Judgment More...

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The Skull Streaming "Till The Sun Turns Black"

"Till The Sun Turns Black," a brand new song from The Skull - featuring original Trouble members vocalist Eric Wagner and drummer Jeff “Oly” Olson, alongside longtime former Trouble bassist Ron Holzner and guitarists Lothar Keller and Matt Goldsborough (Pentagram) - is now available for streaming.

The track is taken from the band's debut album, "For Those Which Are Asleep," due for release worldwide on Tuesday, November 4th via Tee Pee Records. The track listing is as follows:

01. Trapped Inside My Mind
02. The Touch Of Reality
03. Sick Of It All
04. The Door
05. Send Judas Down
06. A New Generation
07. Till The Sun Turns Black
08. For Those Which Are Asleep
09. Sometime Yesterday Mourning
10. The Last Judgment More...

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Secret Cutter To Play Uninvited Fest

Having independently released the "Self Titled" debut LP (yeah, it's actually named that) earlier this year, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania-based trio Secret Cutter is now set on devouring fans and unsuspecting victims in the live setting throughout the region and beyond in support of the LP.

Secret Cutter's latest live itinerary includes the band's confirmed inclusion in the upcoming Brooklyn-based Uninvited Fest, a massive four-day event to take place in Gowanus, Brooklyn, running from September 18th through 21st.

The festival is set to transform a section of the neighborhood into an outdoor community for artists, musicians, motorcycle enthusiasts, and skateboarders with live music, food, booze, vendors, cinema, DJs, open skate sessions on a sponsored ramp setup and more.

Uninvited Fest sees Secret Cutter listed among Mothership, Captain Beyond, Subrosa, Mount Salem, The Skull, Black Cobra, Sasquatch, Lo Pan, Orchid, The Shrine, Lecherous Gaze, Weedeater, Elder and many others among the list of bands confirmed to perform.

Additionally, Secret Cutter is set to shred Allentown with a headlining show this Thursday, August 28th. Additional live actions will be announced throughout the coming weeks and the rest of 2014 as Secret Cutter continues to write new material for a next release.

8/28/2014 Good Weekend - Allentown, PA w/ Vaporizer, Gloominous Doom, Tower of Swine
9/21/2014 Uninvited Fest - Brooklyn, NY w/ Weedeater, Elder, Marching Teeth, Cosmic Shakedown More...

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The Skull Reveals New Album Details

The Skull - featuring original members Eric Wagner (vocals) and Jeff "Oly" Olson (drums) from Trouble alongside longtime Trouble bassist Ron Holzner, guitarist Lothar Keller (Sacred Dawn) and former Pentagram guitarist Matt Goldsborough - will release debut album "For Those Which Are Asleep" on November 4 via Tee Pee Records. The label comments:

"Written and recorded this past spring, For Those Which Are Asleep features ten tracks of elemental Heavy Metal and is the first full length album to feature Wagner, Holzner and Olson since the 1995 release of Trouble's critically acclaimed LP Plastic Green Head.

"The new record's greatest strength is how well it captures the apocalyptic trudge that Trouble delivered from the first downbeat of their 1984 debut, but now unequivocally propelled by the hallmarks of a hungry new band fueled by new blood. The mighty voice of Wagner is on full display; the vocalist proving on For Those Which Are Asleep that he still wields an eerie power at the mic. Titanic riffs abound as Keller and Goldsborough weave ominous atmospheres over the molten, crushing core of Holzner and Olson's sinister strut.

"Make no mistake, The Skull is in complete command of it's craft and has capably created a modern classic; a recording where atmosphere is established as drums crash, guitars blare and stories are told."

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Trapped Inside My Mind
2. The Touch of Reality
3. Sick of It All
4. The Door
5. Send Judas Down
6. A New Generation
7. Till the Sun Turns Black
8. For Those Which Are Asleep
9. Sometime Yesterday Mourning
10. The Last Judgment

This month, The Skull will also pay tribute to Trouble's debut "Psalm 9" (which Wagner and Olson co-wrote and performed on) in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the record's release. The Skull will perform the album in its entirety at both the Wings of Metal Festival (Aug. 29 in Montreal) and the Vultures of Volume Festival (Aug. 30 in New Castle, Delaware) as headliners of each gathering. More...

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The Skull Issues Album Update

The Skull - which just recruited former Pentagram guitarist Matt Goldsborough - recently entered the studio in Chicago, Illinois to begin recording a debut album for an Autumn, 2014 release. The band has posted the following daily updates online via Facebook:

May 28 - “The eagles have landed safely in Chicago just now with Jeff Olson from Kennebunk, Maine and Matt Goldsborough from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The crew is now all together and ready to start day one in the recording studio for the debut record to be released this autumn via Tee Pee Records!”

May 29 - “Got some good jams in yesterday. We are now all sitting out on Ron Holzner’s porch here in Chicago enjoying some coffee and sun... looking forward to record day 2 in the studio today for the debut album!”

May 30 - “Day 3 in the recording studio. Drums are sounding HEADY! Jeff Olson at his finest!”

May 31 - “It’s Saturday, day 4, in the recording studio. We are having a great experience.... everyone is on top of their game... three songs recorded. We think you’ll dig! Heavy, Heady, Fucking Rock! We are The Skull...”

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The Skull Recruits New Guitarist

The Skull - featuring Trouble members Eric Wagner, Jeff “Oly” Olson, and Ron Holzner in addition to Sacred Dawn's Lothar Keller – has added former Pentagram guitarist Matt Goldsborough to the group's ranks.

He will be taking over for the departing Chuck Robinson (just recruited a month ago), who has decided to step down due to his demanding professional career and, therefore, cannot commit to the The Skull's upcoming live shows.

The band comments: "Timing was perfect when we met Matt and everything just seemed to fall into place at the right time when we needed a replacement. Matt is very laid back, has a captivating stage presence, and his riffs are electrifying! If you’ve ever seen him live with Pentagram, you’ll know what we are talking about.”

The band continued, "We all understand and support Chuck’s decision. He is welcome on stage with us as a guest guitarist anytime, and we wish our brother well.”

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The Skull Streaming New Single

The Skull, the band composed of former members of Trouble, is streaming two tracks from its debut single on Tee Pee records over on The Obelisk. To check out both songs, "Sometime Yesterday Mourning" and the b-side "The Last Judgment," head over to this location.

"The Last Judgment," you may remember, was also featured on Trouble's 1983 demo and has also shown up on a few of the band's compilations. The Skull has updated it with a new sound. You'll notice the spelling is sans the "e" from the title "The Last Judgement" on the Metal Massacre IV anthology.

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The Skull Announces Single Releases

The Skull - which features original members from Trouble - will unleash two new singles recorded with acclaimed producer/engineer Billy Anderson (Melvins, Neurosis) worldwide on Tuesday, April 8th via Tee Pee Records.

The "limited edition" white vinyl replica CD featuring “Sometime Yesterday Mourning” (side A) and “The Last Judgment” (side B) is now available for pre-order here. Downloads of the singles will be available at your favorite digital retailer on April 8th.

In other news, The Skull's worldwide debut of “Sometime Yesterday Mourning” and “The Last Judgment” will premiere exclusively on drummer and keyboardist Jeff “Oly” Olson’s podcst via InThePitRadio.com on Friday, April 4th from 7PM-9PM EST.

"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 Judgment' — 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."

Drummer and keyboardist Jeff “Oly” Olson comments on new guitarist Chuck Robinson’s addition to the band: “We are excited and honored that Chuck Robinson has accepted our invitation to join the band. He is the perfect fit for The Skull.

“I’ve always enjoyed rehearsing with Chuck as he is disciplined with his art. He’ll surely bring a bonus to the band with his experience as a former Trouble member and as a seasoned musician who utilizes both his talented song writing ability and his exceptional recording skills. We are looking forward to tour with our brother again.” More...

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The Skull Recruits New Guitarist

There is now more “Trouble” for The Skull - the band featuring original Trouble members vocalist Eric Wagner and drummer Jeff “Oly” Olson alongside Trouble’s longtime bassist Ron Holzner and Sacred Dawn guitarist Lothar Keller - as the group has now recruited former Trouble bassist Chuck Robinson as a new guitar player.

Jeff Olson comments: “We are excited and honored that Chuck Robinson has accepted our invitation to join the band. He is the perfect fit for The Skull.

“I’ve always enjoyed rehearsing with Chuck as he is disciplined with his art. He’ll surely bring a bonus to the band with his experience as a former Trouble member and as a seasoned musician who utilizes both his talented song writing ability and his exceptional recording skills. We are looking forward to tour with our brother again.”

Olson added: “Chuck is more then a bass player. He grew up playing guitar with his father, also a very talented guitarist. Eric, Ron, Lothar, and myself know that Chuck is more than capable for the job. He’ll bring chops with a heavy groove to our debut album, as well as bring his charisma to the stage.”

You can also see the band live:

May 09 - Cleveland, Ohio - The Grog Shop
May 10 – Chicago, Illinois – Reggies
August 29 - Montreal, Canada - The Wings of Metal Festival

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The Skull Signs With Tee Pee Records

The Skull - 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 -- has inked a deal with Tee Pee Records.

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 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 a debut full length LP, tentatively slated for release this autumn.

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Jeff "Oly" Olson Posts Beer Video

Allagash Brewing Company has released a short video, "The Red Howes Story," chronicling the new Imperial Stout brewed by Allagash Brewery and Jeff “Oly” Olson (Trouble, The Skull, Retro Grave, Victor Griffin's In~Graved).

The Red Howes Story consists of reel-to-reel video of Olson's grandfather and family, behind the scenes video of the brewing of Red Howes, and is narrated by Olson. Check it out below. More...

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Jeff "Oly" Olson To Release Beer

Original Trouble drummer Jeff “Oly” Olson will launch a Belgium-style stout named Red Howes with Allagash Brewing Company set for release on Saturday, January 25th. The limited bottles will be sold in 750 ml and will be distributed nationwide on draft.

Named after Olson’s Grandfather, Red Howes is an Imperial Stout brewed with over 3,000 pounds of New England cranberries. Coincidentally, the cranberry’s brewed in the beer are of the Red Howes and Early Blacks variety. The beer is black in color with a creamy beige head brewed with 2-Row barley, a blend of roasted malts and grains. Cocoa, coffee, and berries fill the aroma with flavors of dried fruit and bitter chocolate with a slight tartness and a dry lingering finish. 8.5% ABV.

Olson is no stranger to the brewing industry having worked in breweries and wineries for over twenty years whilst not on band tours. Moreover, Olson has been writing and recording in the music industry since the formation of Trouble (1979) and holds a Bachelor of Music degree in film scoring, cum laude, from Berklee College of Music.

Currently, Olson is playing drums and keyboards for The Skull (featuring original Trouble vocalist Eric Wagner and longtime Trouble bassist Ron Holzner), Victor Griffin’s In~Graved, and is a multi-instrumentalist with his heavy psychedelic/doom project Retro Grave. More...

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The Skull Live Footage Posted Online

The Skull — the band featuring original Trouble members Eric Wagner and Jeff "Oly" Olson alongside Trouble's longtime bassist Ron Holzner and Sacred Dawn guitarists Michael Carpenter and Lothar Keller — performed at Loaded Hollywood last Saturday, October 19th in Hollywood, California. Fan filmed footage can be seen below (thanks to Arturo Gallegos).

As previously reported, Jeff "Oly" Olson rejoined The Skull last month, explaining in a statement: "I know that I've mentioned that I wouldn't perform Trouble's music anymore unless it's with the other original members, but I've had a change of heart. I want to rock again. Although I have been having a great time playing keys for In-Graved (led by former Pentagram guitarist Victor Griffin), I miss the drums and playing classic Troublesongs. I'm still going to jam with Victor, but there is room for The Skull too."

He added: "In just a few short months, 2014 will mark the 30th anniversary year for Trouble's debut record, 'Psalm 9'. Trouble guitarists Rick Wartell and Bruce Franklin are having fun with their new record, and I had fun writing some intros for it. It's just that Eric, Ron, and myself want to jam too and celebrate our 30th anniversary as well with a tour and a new record. We've worked just as hard as Bruce and Rick over the years and we feel that we've earned the privilege to celebrate with the fans as well. There is no animosity between the two bands and we intend to keep it that way.

"We are currently writing a debut record, set for release in 2014 and I've already submitted several songs to the guys. Excitement is in the air." More...

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The Skull Performance Footage Available

The Skull - featuring original Trouble members vocaist Eric Wagner and drummer Jeff "Oly" Olson alongside the band's longtime bassist Ron Holzner with Sacred Dawn guitarists Michael Carpenter and Lothar Keller - performed at Tequila Jaxx this past Saturday, September 14th in Mentor-On-The-Lake, Ohio.

Fan-filmed video footage of the event can be seen below. This was the band's first performance with Jeff "Oly" Olson.

As previously reported, Olson rejoined The Skull last month, stating: "I know that I've mentioned that I wouldn't perform Trouble's music anymore unless it's with the other original members, but I've had a change of heart. I want to rock again."

"Although I have been having a great time playing keys for In-Graved, I miss the drums and playing classic Troublesongs. I'm still going to jam with Victor, but there is room for The Skull too."

He added: "In just a few short months, 2014 will mark the 30th anniversary year for Trouble's debut record, 'Psalm 9'. Trouble guitarists Rick Wartell and Bruce Franklin are having fun with their new record, and I had fun writing some intros for it. It's just that Eric, Ron, and myself want to jam too and celebrate our 30th anniversary as well with a tour and a new record. We've worked just as hard as Bruce and Rick over the years and we feel that we've earned the privilege to celebrate with the fans as well. There is no animosity between the two bands and we intend to keep it that way.

"We are currently writing a debut record, set for release in 2014 and I've already submitted several songs to the guys. Excitement is in the air."

The Skull's debut CD will be produced by Billy Anderson this autumn in Portland, Oregon and will be released via as-yet-undetermined record label. More...

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Jeff Olson Returns To The Skull

Jeff "Oly" Olson has joined forces again with The Skull, the band he formed with fellow original member of Chicago doom-metal legends Trouble vocalist Eric Wagner and the band's longtime bassist Ron Holzner.

Olson states, "I know that I've mentioned that I wouldn't perform Troubles music anymore unless it's with the other original members, but I've had a change of heart. I want to rock again. Although I have been having a great time playing keys for In~Graved (led by former Pentagram guitarist Victor Griffin), I miss the drums and playing classic Trouble songs. I'm still going to jam with Victor, but there is room for The Skull too.

"In just a few short months, 2014 will mark the 30th anniversary year for Trouble's debut record Psalm 9. Trouble guitarists Rick Wartell and Bruce Franklin are having fun with their new record, and I had fun writing some intros for it, it's just that Eric, Ron, and myself want to jam too and celebrate our 30th anniversary as well with a tour and a new record. We've worked just as hard as Bruce and Rick over the years and we feel that we’ve earned the privilege to celebrate with the fans as well. There is no animosity between the two bands and we intend to keep it that way. More...

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The Skull Posts Tour Dates

The Skull, featuring Trouble ex-members Eric Wagner and Ron Holzner, has posted tour dates it will be heading out on in Europe during the second week of November. The Skull now features drummer Kevin Tarpey, after original drummer Jeff 'Oly' Olson quit the band earlier in the year. He had issued a statement saying that he wanted to wait for an actual Trouble reunion with all the members. The Skull also features Mykull Carpenter and Lothar Kellar from Chicago band Sacred Dawn.

Nov. 09 - Berlin, Germany - Cassiopeia (with HORISONT)
Nov. 10 - Würzburg, Germany - Posthalle (Hammer Of Doom Fest)
Nov. 11 - Vienna, Austria - Arena (with Horisont)
Nov. 12 - Jena, Germany - Rosenkeller (with Horisont)
Nov. 13 - Eindhoven, Netherlands - Dynamo
Nov. 14 - Bremen, Germany - Römer
Nov. 16 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Truckstop Alask

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Coven Appearing At Hammer Of Doom Fest

Legendary U.S. doom act Coven (also known as Coven 13) has been confirmed to appear at Germany's Hammer Of Doom Festival on November 10th at Posthalle in Würzburg. The festival begins on November 9th for Epic Night at which Ross The Boss will headline. Coven will join Pentagram, The Skull, Solstice and others in performing the next day, appropriately called 'Doomsday.' Shadow Kingdom Records reissued Coven's legendary 1987 album "Worship New Gods" on July 31st of this year. Visit the Facebook Hammer Of Doom Festival page for more information on the event and an updated list of bands that have confirmed.

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The Skull Performing First Show

The Skull, the new band formed by two original members of Trouble (vocalist Eric Wagner and drummer Jeff "Oly" Olson, alongside the band's longtime bassist Ron Holzner) will play its debut show with Sacred Dawn guitarists Lothar Keller and Michael Carpenter. The Skull will headline the Dark Star Records' "15 Year Anniversary Bash" set to take place at the Tilted Kilt in Elgin, Illinois on Friday, June 15th.

The Skull's set list will consist 100% of music from Trouble, with emphasis on material from the albums "Psalm 9" and "The Skull". Visit The Skull's website for additional information. A U.S east coast tour will be announced next week. Also appearing at the event will be the cast of "Jezebeth", the 2011 horror film in which Eric Wagner receives a lap dance in a cameo appearance. The film was written, directed, and produced by Damien Dante of Satania 6 Films and co-produced by Dark Star Records President Jeffrey A. Swanson.


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The Skull Recruits New Guitarists

The Skull, the new band formed by two original members of Chicago doom legends Trouble— vocalist Eric Wagner and drummer Jeff "Oly" Olson — alongside the band's longtime bassist, Ron Holzner, has now recruited guitarists Lothar Keller and Michael Carpenter of the Chicago, Illinois-based progressive power metal band Sacred Dawn.

Glen Drover (MEGADETH, TESTAMENT, KING DIAMOND) will not join the band as the guest touring guitarist due to scheduling conflicts. Commented Wagner, Olson, and Holzner in a statement:

"We welcome the twin guitar attack of Lothar Keller and Michael Carpenter from SACRED DAWN. Both guitarists have been playing together for many years and that's a big plus. We are excited to begin rehearsing for our upcoming shows!"

The following festival dates have been confirmed so far (more dates will be announced soon):

June 16 - Days of The Doomed Festival - Cudahy, WI - with EARTHEN GRAVE/BLACKFINGER
July 21 - Hells Pleasure Festival - Pößneck, Germany
September 01 - SHoD (Stoner Hands of Doom) - New London, Connecticut - with RETRO GRAVE
November 10th - Hammer of Doom Festival -Würzburg, Germany

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