The Skull (album)
|Studio album by Trouble|
|Recorded||Preferred Studios, Woodland Hills and Track Record, Los Angeles, California, 1985|
|Producer||Trouble, Bill Metoyer and Brian Slagel|
Trouble gained critical recognition for The Skull and a successful tour followed. However, the album reflected singer Eric Wagner's struggles with substance abuse as well as growing turmoil within the group. This led to the departure of bassist Sean McAllister; he was replaced by Ron Holzner, who would remain with the band until their 2002 reunion. In early 1986, shortly after The Skull tour began, drummer Jeff Olson would also leave to attend college and the band regrouped with a new lineup later that year. Olson would reunite with Trouble in 1993 and play on the Plastic Green Head album, which was released two years later.
The album has been released on CD on four occasions: in 1990 by Enigma Records; in 1991 by Metal Blade; remastered using the original master tapes and reissued again by Metal Blade in 1994; remastered and reissued again by Escapi Music in October 2006, with a bonus DVD.
All songs by Trouble.
- Side one
- "Pray for the Dead" – 5:54
- "Fear No Evil" – 4:12
- "The Wish" – 11:35
- Side two
- "The Truth Is, What Is" – 4:37
- "Wickedness of Man" – 5:46
- "Gideon" – 5:10
- "The Skull" – 5:50
- Eric Wagner - vocals
- Bruce Franklin - guitars
- Rick Wartell - guitars
- Sean McAllister - bass
- Jeff Olson - drums
- Bill Metoyer - producer, engineer
- Eddie Schreyer - mastering at Capitol Records, Hollywood
- Brian Slagel - executive producer
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