THE SKULL is the new band featuring vocalist Eric Wagner and bassist Ron Holzner, formerly of metal legends TROUBLE, and the twin guitar tandem of Lothar Keller and Matt Goldsborough (ex-PENTAGRAM). THE SKULL, who released its debut album, For Those Which Are Asleep, to roaring response this past fall, has welcomed new drummer Sean Saley — also formerly of PENTAGRAM — into the fold, replacing former stick man, and founding TROUBLE member, Jeff “Oly” Olson.
I’ve said it a lot recently but I gotta say again that along with Crypt Sermon, Godhunter, Geezer and the latest Electric Wizard release, The Skull prove that doom is stronger than ever, even post-Cathedral. The Skull nailed it on this debut and Wagner is as charismatic as ever vocally.
Now, THE SKULL announces U.S. tour dates in support of For Those Which Are Asleep, including three live performances as part of the 2015 SXSW Music Festival, set for March 17-22, in Austin, Texas. At the shows, THE SKULL will perform both songs from its debut and time-tested favorites from its canon of TROUBLE classics.
The just-announced live dates are as Below.
THE SKULL tour dates:
March 17 St. Louis, MO The Demo
March 18 Tulsa, OK Downtown Lounge
March 19 Fort Worth, TX The Rail
March 20 Austin, TX SXSW @ Dirty Dog (w/ Weedeater)
March 21 Austin, TX SXSW @ The Lost Well (“Heavy Metal Parking Lot II w/ King Parrot, FOGG + more)
March 21 Austin, TX SXSW @ Gypsy Lounge (Thrasher “Death Match” w/ OM, Goatsnake, The Shrine + more)
March 22 Oklahoma City, OK The Music Room
March 23 Kansas City, MO Riot Room
April 17 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theater * As part of Nothing is Heavy Fest (w/ Sacrifice and Ancients)
June 26 Frederick, MD Cafe 611 * As part of Maryland Doom Fest (w/ Spirit Caravan, Apostle of Solitude)
“We’re looking forward to getting back on the road again and playing songs off our new record,” comments Holzner. “Having Matt Goldsborough, and now Sean Saley, both formerly of Pentagram, in The Skull, is truly special. Austin is always a great time, and playing SXSW with this lineup of musicians is going to rock!”