- Audio CD (October 24, 2006)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording remastered
- Label: Escapi Music
- ASIN: B000I2IUG6
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,600 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
The Skull Original recording remastered
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I bought it in 1986 and I have never tired of listening to it pretty regularly, outlasting even most of my early Sabbath loves. Its excesses are also its excellences. 12 minute long songs about contemplating suicide, 6 minute long songs about the crucifixion, songs about praying for the dead. For those who like the tone-down on religion Trouble, avoid this. However, they have always been able to tackle religious themes as a matter of expression rather than proselytization, and this exemplifies that.
While this is still flat-out permeated with Sabbath, they do show more breaks and guitar runs from their first outing (Psalm 9), and one can see approaches to a doomy version of Iron Maiden here (though definitely gloomy and depressive rather than majestic).
In all, the seriousness of the songs wears one down, and while that may detract from the creativity of the work, it is designed to leave one exhausted rather than exhilarated. However, like all old Trouble, it ventures into themes of depression and condemnation, but always leaves a little room for light at the end of the tunnel. Things are dire, but not necessarily hopeless.Read more ›
On March 21, 1985, Metal Blade Records will release "The Skull" upon the world. The second album in less than a year from the Chicago based heavy metal band Trouble, it is being anxiously awaited by fans and the music press alike. It is an even heavier work then their classic debut album, yet the music is more detailed and the production is stronger. Trouble, is quite simply one of the heaviest bands of all time, creating a sensation in the world of metal with their ultra heavy music and their fresh approach to metal lyrics.
Trouble is influenced by the music it's members grew up on. Bands such as Budgie, Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Iron Butterfly, The Doors, Alice Cooper and Black Sabbath are all examples. These influences, together with their own ideas, came together to shape the band.
Over the years, the band have matured into an incredible live outfit. The many years of playing and practicing together really become evident when Trouble hit the stage. The powerful guitars of Rick Wartell and Bruce Franklin grab your attention immediately. Both Rick (whose influences include Michael Schenker and Anthony Bourge) and Bruce (whose influences include Tony Iommi, Uli Jon Roth and Ritchie Blackmore) tune their guitars down from standard tuning to add even more crunch or `gunk', as they call it, to their sound. Gut wrenching rhythms, dynamic solos, wild vibrato bar work and incredible double leads abound. Without question one of the tightest teams in the business, yet each is an immensely talented musician in his own right, capable of the most subtle of touches where needed.
The rhythm section of Jeff `Oly' Olson and Sean McAllister is no less astounding.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
bought this on here it was a total waste of money neither cd or dvd will playPublished 7 months ago by mdwoody1963
The first three TROUBLE albums are my favorite and some of the best "White Metal" or Christian Metal out there! Period. Read morePublished on July 30, 2011 by Troy Adcox
The CD is great quality compared to the orignal recording but the DVD is very poor quilty. They should have left it out. Not Happy with the DVD at all.Published on January 30, 2010 by Vance R. Argo
If your a big fan of the early Judas Priest, like "Stained Class"
and "Hell Bent For Leather". TROUBLE is worth the time to search
out. Read more