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|3.2 good||Voivod STAFF | December 31st 14|
Whenever the name "Trouble" came to mind, I always wondered what made them so special in the first place; Was it the trademark vocals of Eric Wagner, the excellent guitars of Franklin and Wartell or the floating - between hard rock and doom metal - rhythm section? The question is rhetorical up to a point, but judging from The Skull's debut For Those Which Are Asleep, I'm inclined to believe that the guitars gave Trouble the definite touch of distinction, a sector in which The Skull can do much much better in future releases. In particular, the band goes about a laid back heavy/doom metal sound, but the album simply lacks the songs that will give it a truly distinct character. That said, Billy Anderson's sound work is excellent.
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|4.5 superb||MetalMarcJK | November 27th 14|
Fast facts & randumb thoughts:
- Eric Wagner - vocals; Lothar Keller - guitar; Matt Goldsborough - guitar; Ron Holzner - bass guitar; Jeff "Oly"
Olson - drums; Eric, Ron, and Jeff are former members of Trouble, Matt is ex-Pentagram, and Lothar is currently
in Sacred Dawn.
- This album is produced by Billy Anderson, who has produced and/or engineered Black Cobra, Sleep, High On
Fire, Om, and many other metal bands.
- This album is chock-full of old-school, traditional doom. Sure, it's 3/5 of the classic Trouble lineup, so it sounds
like old-school Trouble. However, it's not a blatant rehash of old material, i.e. the band probably didn't say, "We
should write a song like "Bastards Will Pay". The songs are great and the production is excellent! Billy Anderson
did a fantastic job. Everything is right where it should be and sounds like it should sound.
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