Saturday, August 20, 2016

THE SKULL Announces U.S. Tour with Saint Vitus

Photo: Séb Bonilla

   THE SKULL, featuring vocalist Eric Wagner and bassist Ron Holzner, formerly of metal legends TROUBLE, has announced a fall U.S. tour as direct support to Saint Vitus. The month-long jaunt will launch on September 27 in Austin, TX, running through October 23 in Tucson, AZ. Joining the revered bands on the tour will be Portland's Witch Mountain, which features in its ranks, THE SKULL guitarist Rob Wrong. THE SKULL continues to tour in support of its debut album, For Those Which Are Asleep, a record hailed as "a natural extension of the exemplary work they had been putting out during their 20-plus years with Trouble" by LA Weekly.

   Additionally, THE SKULL has announced the addition of Steve Hanford as the band's fill-in touring drummer. Hanford, formerly of hardcore punk legends POISON IDEA, has been recruited to fill in for Sean Saley (PENTAGRAM) on the upcoming tour. Read a recent interview with Hanford at THIS location.

   "I'm really bummed to miss this tour, but sometimes life happens and other commitments have forced me to sit out the tour with Saint Vitus and Witch Mountain," comments Saley. However, The Skull is in the more than capable hands of a great drummer, "Thee Hippy Slayer" himself, Steve Hanford. Steve will nail this and the band will be great with him on drums! Don't miss this tour!"

   THE SKULL tour dates:

   (all shows also feature Saint Vitus and Witch Mountain)

   September 27    Austin, TX                  Grizzly Hall
   September 28    Dallas, TX                  Gas Monkey
   September 29    San Antonio, TX       The Mix
   September 30    Shreveport, LA         Riverside Warehouse
   October 1           New Orleans, LA      One Eyed Jacks
   October 2           Atlanta, GA                The Earl
   October 3           Raleigh, NC               King’s
   October 5           Philadelphia, PA        Underground Arts
   October 6           Boston, MA                Middle East
   October 7           Brooklyn, NY             Saint Vitus Bar
   October 8           Cleveland, OH          Grog Shop
   October 9           Indianapolis, IN        5th Quarter
   October 10        Chicago, IL                Reggie's
   October 11         Madison, WI             High Noon
   October 12        St Paul, MN               Turf Club
   October 14        Missoula, MT             Stage 112 (as part of Erosion Festival)
   October 15        Seattle, WA                El Corazon
   October 16        Portland, OR              Star Theater
   October 18        Sacramento, CA        Starlite
   October 19        Oakland, CA              Metro
   October 20        Costa Mesa, CA        Wayfarer
   October 21        Los Angeles, CA       Viper Room
   October 22        San Diego, CA          Brick By Brick
   October 23        Tucson, AZ                Club Congress (as part of Southwest Terror Festival)
THE SKULL's debut album, For Those Which Are Asleep, features ten tracks of elemental Heavy Metal. The record's greatest strength is how well it captures the apocalyptic trudge that the iconic TROUBLE delivered from the first downbeat of their 1984 debut, but now unequivocally propelled by the hallmarks of a hungry new band fueled by new blood. The mighty voice of Eric Wagner is on full display; the vocalist proving on For Those Which Are Asleep that he still wields an eerie power at the mic. Make no mistake, THE SKULL are in complete command of their craft and have capably created a modern classic; a recording where atmosphere is established as drums crash, guitars blare and stories are told.

   In addition to Wagner and Holzner, Wrong and Saley, THE SKULL also features guitarist Lothar Keller.

   Visit THE SKULL online at and follow the band on Facebook.

"For Those Which Are Asleep is a goddamn magnum opus of kaleidoscopic doom...epic" - DECIBEL

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