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CD released: Jan 28, 2022

Tracklisting:
1. Pray For The Dead
2. Fear No Evil
3. The Wish
4. Truth Is - What Is
5. Wickedness Of Man
6. Gideon
7. The Skull
TROUBLE
THE SKULL
Label: HAMMERHEART RECORDS
Cat No: HHR202029
Barcode: 8715392202827
Packaging: CD Regular

TroubleÆs second album ôThe Skullö from 1985 is a cornerstone of Doom Metal!TroubleÆs second album ôThe Skullö is not a sophomore slump, it is the shedding of dead skin. In fact, the sophmore slump is a disease that rarely seems to strike in the Metal realm and was near non-existent for any half decent early 80Æs Metal band. As bands were being picked up relatively quickly by labels during that time the overall trend was for bands to evolve to a heightened plane as they honed their skills over two or three releases. This is exactly the case here where Trouble emerged from a NWOBHM/Thrash Doom cocoon and blossoming into a soul destroying depressive machine. Now do not get us wrong, we love every second of ôPsalm 9ö and will stuff that down your throat too. This album is a cornerstone of Doom Metal.ôPray for the Deadö, ôFear No Evilö and especially ôThe Wishö are an incredible opening force. This is Doom Metal, in all itÆs glory. The touches of NWOBHM and thrash are still there, but the tempo drops most of the time and the guitar tone is something that other bands of the period would never come close to achieving. There are neoclassical touches and harmonized leads which really bring about the desponding atmosphere, and Eric WagnerÆs vocals are hands down some of the best in Metal. ôThe Truth Is, What Isö has a fantastic chorus despite being a mash of riffs and continues the high trend. Surprisingly itÆs the next 2 pre-öPsalm 9ö tracks which seem a bit different, but the riffs on display still slaughter most Doom and NWOBHM from around this period. Finally, just when you think they couldnÆt really top the power of the opening tracks comes the incredibly ominous ôThe Skullö. Once again the riffs here are inventive, memorable and shining with brilliance; the mind boggles that this release hasnÆt been praised more.Save yourself, get this album! For fans of: real Heavy Metal, real Doom Metal, Mercyful Fate, Candlemass, Black Sabbath, Cathedral

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