The Skull is the new band featuring original members Eric Wagner (vocals) and Jeff ''Oly'' Olson (drums) of American doom metal legends Trouble alongside long-time Truble bassist Ron Holzner, guitarist Lothar Keller and former Pentagram guitarist Matt Goldsborough. The group's hugely anticipated debut, ''For Those Which Are Asleep,'' features ten tracks of elemental Heavy Metal.
The record's greatest strength is how well it captures the apocalyptic trudge that Trouble delivered from the first downbeat of their 1984 debut, but now unequivocally propelled by the hallmarks of a hungry new band fueled by new blood. The mighty voice of Eric Wagner is on full display; the vocalist proving on ''For Those Which Are Asleep'' that he still wields an eerie power at the mic. Titanic riffs abound as Keller and Goldsborough weave ominous atmospheres over the molten, crushing core of Holzner and Olson's sinister strut. Make no mistake, The Skull are in complete command of their craft and have capably created a modern classic; a recording where atmosphere is established as drums crash, guitars blare and stories are told. Prepare! *CD bonus tracks are also included on LP download card