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The Skull, “Sometime Yesterday Mourning” c/w “Last Judgment” (Tee Pee Records)




The Skull, “Sometime Yesterday Mourning” c/w “Last Judgment” (Tee Pee Records)
CD Reviews 05/15/2014

05/15/14
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



The Skull, “Sometime Yesterday Mourning” c/w “Last Judgment” (Tee Pee Records)

In the eight years I’ve written in this space, I’ve never spent a review slot on a single.  But this stone will kill a lot of birds, such as the one that squawks about my never writing about any good Black Sabbath-style oldschool-metal bands (we’re in New Hampshire, therefore I know there are a lot of you people out there wanting exactly that, a band that sounds like Sabbath). Another bird is one exclusive to me, namely: are the guys from Trouble still the best at this kind of thing? Because, let’s face it, while St. Vitus was like Ozzy-era Sabbath karaoke, and Candlemass was kind of stupid, Trouble, the indie crew from Chicago, were the only ones really doing it with any finesse. OK, this new band isn’t Trouble, it’s The Skull, meaning it includes everyone from the last few incarnations of Trouble except for the original guitarist, so, OK, there’s that.  But whatever, singer Eric Wagner was what made the band awesome in the first place, and he’s here, on this prequel single to an LP due in the fall. So are these two songs awesome? No, not really. Wagner sounds tired and fried, like he’s sick of trying; there’s none of that crazy Nazareth-like demon-singing here, and the riffs make me think of Crowbar, except the singer from Crowbar is still awesome. So, if you’ve gotten this far, the moral of the story is Crowbar is awesome, this band is not. The end. B- — Eric W. Saeger





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