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The Skull

Band
TypeAlbum (Studio full-length)
Released
GenresDoom Metal, Stoner Metal
LabelsMetal Blade Records
Length43:19
Reviews :  1
Comments :  1
Total votes :  2
Rating :  92.5 / 100
Have :  3       Want : 0
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The Skull Information

Track listing (Songs)

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1.5:54851
2.4:12851
3.11:35851
4.4:39851
5.5:46851
6.5:10851
7.5:51901

Line-up (members)

  • Eric Wagner : Vocals
  • Bruce Franklin : Guitars
  • Rick Wartell : Guitars
  • Sean McAllister : Bass
  • Jeff Olson : Drums

The Skull Reviews

 (1)
Reviewer :  level 9   95/100
Date : 
Not incredibly impressed by Trouble’s debut album, their sophomore effort The Skull completely blew me away. I will say that this is the first Doom Metal album that makes the transition from Trad Doom to the more modern, melancholic Doom that I personally favor.

Musically, the lead guitar focuses on simple albeit effective melodies that add an extra layer of mood to the basic riffs that litter Trad Doom. The song structures are much more progressive – not that the music is incredibly complex, but there is a lot of variation, changes in speed, and many, many riffs in each of the rather long tracks. The solos have a fantastic balance of going for purposeful melodies that work perfectly with the rhythm work, or outright breaking into distorted, droning chaotic buzz. The drumming is another thing I love; I’d say this is also the first case of what I’d call “intelligent Doom Metal drumming.” Instead of simply playing slow, plodding beats, the drummer adds some progressive beats, and adds a great amount of double bass drumming in as well. Occasionally, all the musicians break out into speedy sections and just have at it, which I love in Doom. One song even has synthesized strings – a staple to modern Doom!

The lyrics and mood are the biggest separators from Trad Doom. No, I’m not talking about the Christian lyrics, I mean the references to depression, suicide, loss and death. The rich symbolism and more poetic style of songwriting is something that would be he
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The Skull Comments

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