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Kyle Thomas Fills In Chicago Doom Band Trouble's Vocalist Vacancy

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Blabbermouth.net reports Kyle Thomas, former lead singer for Exhorder and Alabama Thunderpussy, has accepted the position as Trouble's front man. Thomas formerly donned Trouble's microphone for four live shows between 1997 and 1999.

Thomas will fill the void left by Trouble vocalist, Kory Clarke. Also known for fronting Warrior Soul, Clarke recently announced his exit from the legendary Chicago doom act to pursue a new band, The Bones of Children, with guitarist Russ Strahan of Pentagram.

Trouble co-founder and guitarist, Rick Wartells comments, "We are really excited to be working with Kyle again. The shows we played with him in the past were very well-received by the fans and now we'll have an opportunity to work with him in the studio on our new record. His vocals are amazing and a perfect fit for the band."

"The history with Kyle and Trouble really goes back to his teenage years as he told me that he and Jimmy Bower (of Down) would drive around in his old Pinto and listen to Trouble. He's an excellent, highly energetic singer and it's great to have him be an official member of the band now," adds the other Trouble ax man, Bruce Franklin.

Trouble's current lineup includes Kyle Thomas (vocals), Rick Wartell (guitar), Bruce Franklin (guitar),
Shane Pasqualla (bass) and Mark Lira (drums). The group is currently working on a new studio album and expects a spring release date.

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1. deathbringer writes:

That should be interesting. Glad to see Kyle back in action. Gives me another reason to finally check out Trouble.

# Feb 8, 2012 @ 3:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Rex_84 writes:

Doug, early Trouble records are pretty good. I haven't given much attention to newer material, so I can't say anything on that. I'm looking forward to hearing Kyle sing for Trouble.

# Feb 8, 2012 @ 3:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Cynic writes:

Huh, well I wouldn't have picked Kyle for a Trouble vocalist based on Exhorder but I'll give him a shot if they say so. I'm just glad they're back into it, get that new album out!

Also, I'd say Trouble were great all the way up to and partly including "Manic Frustration", though their early stuff is their crowning work. That said, previous reports said the new material was pretty heavy and dark so I wouldn't count out a return.

# Feb 8, 2012 @ 4:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. deathbringer writes:

MOG has a very limited selection of Trouble for me to listen to. They have an acoustic album too? I could hear Kyle's voice on "Manic Frustration" style music, although I thought that record was just ok.

# Feb 9, 2012 @ 5:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Drum_Junkie writes:

Intersting. I thought Trouble has a history of Christian themed lyrics. I wouldn't have thought Kyle would be a good fit from the lyrical perspective (listen to Exhorders' "Unborn Again" or anything off of Slaughter in the Vatican for reference.)
Sound-wise, I think he could be a really good fit. The man has some great pipes and diversity. Do a google or YT search for Floodgate - his other band after Exhorder split up. Has a similar feel to Down (as if Anselmo and Thomas haven't been compared enough, lol).

# Feb 9, 2012 @ 5:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Cynic writes:

Yeah the acoustic album isn't that interesting though. People constantly praise the thrashier "Psalm 9" but "The Skull" is my top pick. Thanks D_J, I'll have a listen.

# Feb 9, 2012 @ 6:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. hellrat writes:

DJ bro, many of us frontmen are highly adaptable to acommodate a wide range of lyrical themes and delivery styles...well, we good ones at least :)

Folks (not meaning you) that take lyrical messages too seriously are a bit silly

Hey, thanks for the heads up on Floodgate brother, can't believe I didn't know about it before...I love most all that NOLA sh!t

The quick listen I just had was fvckin sweet....lookin forward to more! Kyle is a damn good singer, love his work

# Feb 9, 2012 @ 6:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Cynic writes:

I agree HR - in fact Trouble's lyrics were always one of the best things about the band to me.

"The one you love is dead
feeling so empty inside
I know it hurts"

How can you get any doomier than that? I feel not more put off by Trouble's Christian themed lyrics that I do about Nile's ancient egyptian religion themed lyrics.

# Feb 9, 2012 @ 6:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Drum_Junkie writes:

Glad to oblige, brothers.
My favorite Floodgate songs are "Black with Sin" and "Imitation Salvation" Love the lyrics and pace of Imitation...

# Feb 9, 2012 @ 7:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Rex_84 writes:

As I understand it, early Trouble albums like "The Skull" were Christian themed and then the group went stoner.

# Feb 10, 2012 @ 2:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. R10 writes:

Ummm,Psalm 9 and The Skull were doom. They were doing stoner stuff i think with Plastic Green Head. They never declared themselves Christian,they were marketed by Slagel of Metal Blade as "white metal". The band didnt push any Christian message back then as far as i remember. I was hooked when i heard "The Temptor" off Psalm 9 in '85 off Best of Metal Blade 3 on cassette. Sooo doomy,and crushingly heavy;Sabbathy. Psalm 9 and The Skull are really the only Trouble albums of thiers i listen to.

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