Doom metal legends Trouble have announced their new bassist: Rob Hultz. He will make his debut on the band's Fall tour. Trouble have then made a permanent addition to the band line-up. Hultz has already begun rehearsals and will debut live with the band for a series of European show dates scheduled for October 2013, the details of which are still pending and will be announced later.
Today is the official release of Trouble's awaited new album The Distortion Field in North America and to celebrate their first studio album in six years, the doom metal band has shared three new songs from the opus. Why complain, right? In Europe, the album only drops on August 23rd via FRW Records, so you might as well enjoy the new songs right now. Bang your head to "When The Sky Comes Down", "Butterflies" and "Sucker" here or at this location, and tell us if you like the new material.
Chicago doom metallers Trouble will return this year with their first album since Simple Mind Condition, released in 2007. The album entitled The Distortion Field contains 12 tracks and will be released by FRW Music in North America on July 16th 2013 and in Europe on July 26th, 2013. The Distortion Field will also feature new lead vocalist Kyle Thomas of Exhorder and Floodgate fame.
Kory Clarke has announced his departure from US doom outfit Trouble to form a new band called The Bones Of Children with guitarist Russ Strahan (Pentagram, Land Of Doom). The band already found a replacement: Kyle Thomas (Exhorder, Floodgate, Witch, and Alabama Thunderpussy), which is already working with the band on their new album and has fronted the band in four live shows between 1997 and 1999.
US Traditional Doom metallers Trouble are getting ready to enter studio. The band has been making preliminary recordings and working out things in order to bring the best possible Trouble release. The band is extremely happy with the direction of the songs. Heavy and Melodic are the words that describe this work.
In other news, be on the look out for the new Trouble Video Blog. The band has signed on with Ironroad to bring subscribers a weekly blog reporting on everything Trouble. Fans will soon be able to sign up and receive video blogs.
Power Quest have parted ways with their vocalist and guitarist, for a change. Here's the official word from the band:
"Power Quest has parted ways with frontman Pete Morten and guitarist Ben Randall due to musical differences. Needless to say: ''the split was amicable and everyone in the Power Quest family wishes Pete and Ben all the very best in their respective musical endeavors."
A new vocalist has already been found and the band is hard at work rehearsing new material with him. In the meantime, Power Quest is looking for a new guitarist to join the line up. Dedication, commitment and drive are essential, as is the ability and desire to tour and rehearse (one weekend per month in the U.K.) as required. Experience is obviously an advantage but is by no means essential."
Drummer Jeff Oly Olson has issued the following statement:
"Under great consideration, I have decided to part ways with Trouble. My reasons are justified. I felt like I was never taken seriously as a musician with the guys from Trouble, but I did the best I could in that 28 year effort with the band. That is all I would like to say for now. However, this is not a retirement from the music industry for I have my band, Retro Grave, with the full length coming out in a few months with fine players (the EP was a solo effort). I thank the Trouble fans for all their support and dedication and I'm sorry if I let you down. Moreover, I will say that Bruce and Rick are the drive and sound for Trouble and every one else are replaceable, so I'm sure they will carry on well. It's been an honor to have played with Bruce, Rick and Eric. I would also like to mention to Kerrang Magazine that I'm not leaving to become a preacher as you once noted many years ago and never corrected".
Amidst many rumors it has been announced earlier today that Kory Clarke, of Warrior Soul will be the new front man effective immediately.
The news comes as the band returns to their Chicago homes following a successful European Tour.
Trouble founder and guitarist, Rick Wartell explains:
It was a mutual agreement, you need to follow your heart in this business and if you are not into it a hundred percent then it is time to move on. We all felt it was the best thing for all parties involved. There are no hard feelings. I'm sure Eric will continue making music and we wish him the best.
We are very excited to have Kory step in and take over the vocals for trouble. He is been one of my favorite frontmen in this industry for many years he will add a new dimension that we can use. It is not like we just picked out some guy to fill in, this is one of rocks most dynamic and creative frontmen in the industry. I know that when trouble fans get a taste of what Kory does, they will not be disappointed at all. Anyone who has seen Kory with Warrior Soul already knows what to expect, and it's awesome.
The following update has been posted on the Trouble website in October:
''Here we are, waiting for the release of SMC in the States. Can there possibly be any more delays… Anyway, It is now scheduled to come out in Jan 2008. (let's hope). If not, shit will hit the fan. In the meantime, We have decided to release the Unplugged CD. They will start shipping on December 15, 2007. The first 100 sold will be limited editions signed by the band. Pre-orders are being accepted NOW. Only available on the newtrouble.com website.
In other news, a tour is in the works starting in March through April 2008. Exact tour dates not available at this time. But we do know they will hit the majority of Europe.''
The doom band Trouble finished the recording of their upcoming album and the mastering should be done by the end of March. The band expects the album to be release in June, but there is nothing confirmed. What's confirmed is the release date of "Live in Stockholm" DVD which will come out on March 26, 2006.
In other news the albums "Psalm 9" and "The Skull" are going to be re-released later in 2006.
Here is the latest,
The band is in the middle of negotiations with, to my knowledge
Three different record labels, and its my understanding that they
are bidding on the unplugged CD Along with the Seven CD.
That is playing a big role in why the CD is not available on the site.
On the brite side, If they sell it to one of the labels, you may eventually hear Trouble on the radio.Plus, It will still be available in record stores. So
lets wish them well and hope for the best.