The Skull (album)

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The Skull
Trouble - The Skull.jpg
Studio album by Trouble
Released March 1985[1]
Recorded Preferred Studios, Woodland Hills and Track Record, Los Angeles, California, 1985
Genre Doom metal
Length 43:05
Label Metal Blade
Producer Trouble, Bill Metoyer and Brian Slagel
Trouble chronology
Psalm 9
The Skull
Run to the Light
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Martin Popoff 8/10 stars[3]
Blistering (favourable)[4]

The Skull is the second studio album by the American doom metal band Trouble, released in 1985. It was the follow-up to their 1984 classic debut Psalm 9.

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.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Trouble.

Side one
  1. "Pray for the Dead" – 5:54
  2. "Fear No Evil" – 4:12
  3. "The Wish" – 11:35
Side two
  1. "The Truth Is, What Is" – 4:37
  2. "Wickedness of Man" – 5:46
  3. "Gideon" – 5:10
  4. "The Skull" – 5:50




  • Bill Metoyer - producer, engineer
  • Eddie Schreyer - mastering at Capitol Records, Hollywood
  • Brian Slagel - executive producer


  1. ^ "Gatefold of Best of Metal Blade, Vol. 1". Metal Blade Records. Retrieved 2013-05-19. 
  2. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Trouble - The Skull review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  3. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5. 
  4. ^ Gehlke, David E. "Trouble - Psalm 9 / The Skull (Reissues)". Blistering. Retrieved 2014-05-10.