R.I.P. Eric Wagner (1959-2021) (The Skull, ex-Trouble)

August 23, 2021

The legendary doom metal vocalist (The Skull, ex-Trouble) passes away at 62 due to COVID-19-related complications

Video Premiere: The Skull – “As the Sun Draws Near”

January 14, 2021

Chicago doomlords The Skull (featuring ex-members of Trouble) roll out the latest video from their second album, The Endless Roads Turns Dark.

Track Premiere: The Skull – ‘The Endless Road Turns Dark’

June 1, 2018

Doom royalty The Skull are back with a new album due out in September. Listen to “The Endless Road Turns Dark” now.

Looking for Trouble: The Skull’s “For Those Which Are Asleep” Album Stream

November 3, 2014

Apparently there are two competing versions of doom progenitors Trouble now – at least this one isn’t called “Trouble featuring Eric Wagner” or something like that. This iteration does feature Wagner’s inimitable pipes, along with bassist Ron Holzner and drummer Jeff “Oly” Olson – and while Rick Wartell and Bruce Franklin’s guitars were obviously important, that monolithic rhythm…

Original Trouble Drummer Releases Red Howes Beer

January 24, 2014

What’s the connection between craft beer and metal? We hear this question a lot. Well, specifically, we are asked this question a lot since our craft beer book, The Brewtal Truth Guide to Extreme Beers, was published last November. For people who aren’t necessarily into both things, it’s hard to see the commonalities. On the…

BREWTAL TRUTH: Beer-Soaked Doom at the GABF

October 18, 2013

Great American Beer Festival, Denver, ColoradoOct. 10-12, 2013 It would be an overstatement to say that this was the Year of Metal at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, but the handful of extreme music diehards—from TRVE, Surly, Real Ale and Three Floyds pictured above—among the 600-plus breweries present at the festival, definitely made…

STREAMING: Trouble “The Distortion Field” [Sampler]

July 15, 2013

Back in the day (about four years ago), Trouble’s follow-up to Simple Mind Condition was titled, The Dark Riff. Pretty cool title. Succinct and descriptive. Well, the title’s changed to, The Distortion Field, and we’re pretty sure it’s just as descriptive, but there’s a little more to interpret. We won’t try, of course. The title…

Trouble – “Psalm 9”

December 1, 2009

It’s strange that the one of the cornerstones of doom is actually one of the most lyrically positive albums in the entire secular metal canon.