Featuring vocalist Eric Wagner and bassist Ron Holzner, formerly of metal legends Trouble, THE SKULL creates classic Sabbathian doom with a psych-tinged metal vision. The respected group’s sophomore full-length, ‘The Endless Road Turns Dark’, benefits greatly from the pedigree and experience of the band’s members and pushes authentic, old-school metal to heavier and more foreboding places, fueled by burly riffing, metallic groove and a crushing punch. Ethereal and wonderfully moody with a heart of heavy metal beating at its center, the record delivers definitive doom metal full of powerful builds and mesmerizing dynamic range. More than a mere throwback, ‘The Endless Road Turns Dark’ is the work of a band that respects their fans, understands their own history, and still has their ears open to the current doom metal landscape. A wicked exercise in heavy metal majesty, ‘The Endless Road Turns Dark’plays like a natural extension of the musician’s exemplary work during their 20-plus years with Trouble and cements The Skull as modern-day doom metal royalty.
Yakuza is an avant-garde metal band, formed in Chicago in 1999. Current members are James Staffel, Matt McClelland, Bruce Lamont, and Ivan Cruz.
2018. Chicago’s Inebrium gathers to lay down ear splitting, noisy, slack tuned riffs, catapulted by tones of massive volume while paying homage to such proto-metal predecessors as Sabbath, Stooges, and Thin Lizzy while blending early thrash guitar chuggery a la early Metallica with sludge/stoner/noise influences such as Kyuss, Melvins, and Suplecs…
Inebrium began in late 2017 when long time stalwarts in the Chicago metal scene vocalist/guitarist John Almonte (formerly Witchbanger, Wickerman) and bass player Kyle Tuggle (formerly Bloody Spades, Antioch Secret Society) actualized a long time musical vision they had been discussing. They recruited local hard hitting drummer Colin Tahi (Propane! Propane!) and got to work writing. Then in early 2018 solidified the line up with newly relocated Oakland, CA guitarist Jason James (former Damnweevil, Secret Order of Tusk).
Currently in pre-production on their first EP, look for Inebrium to be leveling venues throughout Chicago and beyond throughout 2018.