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Trouble are an excellent doom metal outfit, one of the first really dark and doomy bands along with Candlemass, far deeper in to the realms of hell than the likes of British counterparts Witchfinder General and Black Sabbath.
Released by Metal Blade in 1985, The Skull is the band's 2nd album and it's full of dark, intriguing guitar riffs which lead you around murky back street alleys and sharp corners whilst the piercing vocals of Eric Wagner urge you to continue whilst also questioning your sanity!
The band are occasionally termed as Christian Metal, a title to which they take a disliking but it can't go by without noticing that their are a lot of spiritual lyrics and the band began to label themselves as White Metal at a time when Black Metal was really starting to drive onwards and upwards.
The tracks are unbelievably catchy and my personal favourite is Fear No Evil, although Pray For The Dead and The Skull are also definitely up there. Whilst at first listening the songs may seem a little miserable and to be fair they do cover fairly depressing topics - there is always sense of "light at the end of the tunnel" and some songs even border on jovial like my selected Fear No Evil!
This is intense stuff, the chords are so slow to allow the vibrations of the heavyness to rock through your spine!
1. "Pray for the Dead" - 5:54
2. "Fear No Evil" - 4:12
3. "The Wish" - 11:35
4. "The Truth Is, What Is" - 4:37
5. "Wickedness of Man" - 5:46
6. "Gideon" - 5:10
7. "The Skull" - 5:50
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Pray for the Dead
2 Fear No Evil
4 Truth Is, What Is
5 Wickedness of Man