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The Skull

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SXSW 2015 Day Four: Converse/Thrasher Death Match

SXSW attendees spent the last day of the festival trying to stay dry. Fortunately, the Gypsy Lounge erected a giant tent to keep the crowd dry. The rain forced the staff running Converse/Thrasher’s Death Match to shut down the skate ramp.

I missed the first two bands, Blasting Concept and American Sharks and came in during instrumental jam band, Arctic. This Southern California band is making a name for their selves playing skate parks and skate festivals. Their guitarist, Figgy looked like Mikael Åkerfeldt from Opeth and played solos like him too, even though the band sounds nothing like Opeth. He was fun to watch and his solos were excellent but he and his band didn’t bring a lot in terms of riffs. More...

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SXSW 2015 Day Three: Tone Deaf Touring Showcase

A little bit of rain didn’t stop SXSW attendees from once again packing the Dirty Dog Bar down on Sixth Street this Friday. While the Metal Sucks showcase was heavy on tech death bands, the Tone Deaf Touring showcase included down tempo acts The Skull and Weedeater. Before those acts took the stage, though, progressive instrumentalists Stinking Lizaveta opened the show. The Philadelphia, Ohio based band has fifteen years of touring American and European audiences. This longevity showed in the trio’s tightness. Their female drummer played hard sticking tightly to the bassist who played an upright bass. The guitarist adeptly traversed his fret board. They received a good response from the small crowd. More...

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SXSW 2015 Metal Showcases Revealed

Metal bands at SXSW and metal showcases have been released to the public. The Dirty Dog Bar is a major player at this year's festivities. Both Metalsucks.net's South By South Death and Metal Injection's showcases will take place in this venue. Saturday offers three big shows and a chance to see some bands such as The Skull and Goatsnake twice. More...

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The Skull Announces Upcoming Shows

The Skull - which split with Jeff "Oly" Olson earlier this year - will be appearing on upcoming North American tour dates to support latest album "For Those Which Are Asleep."

These dates will include three live performances as part of the 2015 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. At the shows, The Skull will perform both songs from its debut and time-tested favorites from the canon of Trouble classics.

March 17 St. Louis, MO The Demo
March 18 Tulsa, OK Downtown Lounge
March 19 Fort Worth, TX The Rail
March 20 Austin, TX SXSW @ Dirty Dog (w/ Weedeater)
March 21 Austin, TX SXSW @ The Lost Well ("Heavy Metal Parking Lot II)
March 21 Austin, TX SXSW @ Gypsy Lounge (Thrasher "Death Match")
March 22 Oklahoma City, OK The Music Room
March 23 Kansas City, MO Riot Room
April 17 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theater * As part of Nothing is Heavy Fest
June 26 Frederick, MD Cafe 611 * As part of Maryland Doom Fest

"We're looking forward to getting back on the road again and playing songs off our new record," comments bassist Ron Holzner. "Having Matt Goldsborough, and now Sean Saley, both formerly of Pentagram, in The Skull, is truly special. Austin is always a great time, and playing SXSW with this lineup of musicians is going to rock!"

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The Skull Parts With Jeff "Oly" Olson

Original Trouble drummer Jeff "Oly" Olson has decided to leave The Skull, the band formed by Olson along side original Trouble vocalist Eric Wagner and longtime former Trouble bassist Ron Holzner.

According to a press release, there is no animosity in the band and it was a friendly departure. Olson also tweeted today:

"I loved jamming with @TroubleTheSkull, but it's time to depart and wish the band all the best! Looking forward to my next chapter..."

The Skull's debut album "For Those Which Are Asleep" was released worldwide on November 4th via Tee Pee Records. More...

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The Skull Kicks Off U.S. Tour

The Skull released debut album "For Those Which Are Asleep" on November 4th via Tee Pee Records, and kicked off a U.S. tour on Decmeber 11th in Pittsburgh, PA.

The Skull hit the stage to roaring response, performing both songs from its debut and time-tested favorites from its canon of Trouble classics to the delight of the audience, which included members of New Orleans sludge metal band Crowbar. The set list will be as follows: More...

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The Skull Announces New Shows

Heavy doom-rock outfit The Skull - featuring Trouble members Eric Wagner and Jeff "Oly" Olson - has announced a December U.S. tour to promote the band's debut record, “For Those Which Are Asleep."

The album was released worldwide this month (November 4th) via Tee Pee Records. Confirmed tour dates are as follows:

December 11 – 31st Street Pub - Pittsburg, PA
December 12 – Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
December 13 – The Foundry Concert Club – Lakewood, OH
December 14 – Rock Star Pro Arena – Dayton, OH
December 15 – The 5th Quarter Lounge – Indianapolis, IN
December 17 – Fubar – St. Louis, MS
December 18 – Brauerhouse Lombard – Lombard, IL
December 19 – Reggies – Chicago, IL
December 20 – the Metal Grill – Cudahy, WI More...

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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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