Eric Wagner’s Solo Album “In The Lonely Light Of Mourning” To Receive Posthumous Release In March

Cruz Del Sur Music will be posthumously releasing a new solo album from Eric Wagner (The Skull, ex-Trouble) in March 2022. The effort is titled “In The Lonely Light Of Mourning” and the cover art and track listing for it can be found below:

“In The Lonely Light Of Mourning” Track Listing:

01. “Rest In Place”
02. “Maybe Tomorrow”
03. “Isolation”
04. “If You Lost It All”
05. “Strain Theory”
06. “Walk With Me To The Sun”
07. “In The Lonely Light Of Mourning”
08. “Wish You Well”

A number of people involved in the project commented:

Cruz Del Sur Music owner Enrico Leccese:

“It has been a great honor to have the chance to work with Eric. He has been a reference in my life since, as a fan, I bought his Trouble albums back in the 1980s. I must give While Heaven Wept’s Tom Phillips 100 percent credit for Cruz Del Sur Music being able to release Eric’s solo album. Eric really put all himself, his passion, his deepest emotions and his skills into this release. I must also thank Mike and Ron Holzner for the extremely mature talk we had after Eric’s passing. His loss has been a tragic event and we hope that this album gives justice to his career.”

Tom Phillips:

“I’d say this album is an amalgamation of Trouble, Blackfinger, LID and The Skull. There’s a little bit of each all swirled together. Basically, there’s a little something for everyone!”

“There’s no doubt that he will be rightly remembered as one of the most iconic voices of metal — not just doom metal considering he had the power to traverse anything he sang over from psychedelic to somber, from acoustic tenderness to bone-crushing metal. Of course, he’ll always be tied to the legacy of TROUBLE and thus, considered by nearly everyone — including myself — as one of the founding fathers of the doom metal genre. But for those who knew him, we’ll also never forget his laid-back personality, sense of humor and ‘Eric-isms.’ It’s a staggering and totally unnecessary loss, but he lived by his own rules and spent 2021 doing all of the things he loved doing the most, so there’s some solace in that.”

David Snyder:

“He was excited about the songs. He and I worked on this project for a little over four years. It took that long, mostly because we did it over the phone. Either he would be in Chicago or New Mexico, and I’m in West Virginia, so I’d send him demo riffs, and if he liked something, he’d give me arrangement ideas, and I’d re-demo to fit his vision to place the lyrics. I already miss the process of working with him! Before Eric left for the last The Skull tour this summer, he told me about the record and said, ‘It jams. I’m turning it into Cruz.'”

“He was a friend to everyone he met. He always would hang out with fans and, through his music, helped a lot of people through tough times, including myself. His lyrics were always thought-provoking and his voice was one of a kind. When you heard it, you knew it was Eric Wagner! Ultimately, his legacy to me is his work with Trouble. I am eternally grateful to have been close to him at times, to have finished this record and to have worked with what many call the ‘Godfather of Doom.'”

Mike Smith:

“We have guests representing every band Eric has worked with over the years, and even extended family member Victor Griffin, which really brings things full circle. This was not the original plan by any means, but as the process started to unfold, it became apparent that this was exactly how it should be. How it was meant to be.”

“Eric was a dear friend, and I miss him immensely. This solo album became so much more than we initially expected, and I hope fans will be able to listen with open hearts and realize how lucky we all were to have Eric in our lives.

When Eric and I signed off on the album back in July and delivered it to Cruz Del Sur Music, Eric said something I will never forget: ‘If this were to be my last one, it’s a perfect final chapter to the story.'”

Ron Holzner:

“The LID record [1997’s ‘In The Mushroom’] was a break from Trouble and his first tastes of freedom. The Blackfinger records were more of a sideband to express himself differently than THE SKULL. It’s been a long journey lyrically for Eric and his story was coming towards the end. He sensed his time was short. The new record was his career coming full circle, in a sense. He included musicians from all his records and never intended this record to be a band. It was more a solo record than anything he ever did before. He needed to share his journey since this record was to be the end — he was contemplating retirement. The new The Skull record would be the epitaph to his story.”

“He did what he wanted, said what he wanted, lived like he wanted and wrote what he wanted…his way. He touched a lot of souls with his life and death.”

[via Blabbermouth]

The Skull’s Ron Holzner Says The Late Eric Wagner Refused To Get Vaccinated For COVID-19

During a recent interview with the Chicago Reader, Ron Holzner (The Skull, ex-Trouble) opened up about the death of his bandmate Eric Wagner, who recently passed away following a battle with COVID pneumonia. According to him, the frontman refused to get vaccinated for COVID-19.

Holzner said the following about Wagner’s resistance to the vaccine:

“We argued about it, and he stood his ground on the matter. I always joked, ‘The World According To Eric Wagner — you should write a book.’ He lived his life his way.”

On another note, Holzner also revealed that Wagner recorded a solo album before his death:

“Eric just finished a solo record. It will be released in 2022. I played on three songs, as well as members of his bands Blackfinger and Lid and Trouble alumni Sean McAllister, Dave Snyder, and Chuck Robinson—as well as former Pentagram guitarist Victor Griffin.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Eric Wagner (The Skull, Ex-Trouble) Passes Away Following Battle With COVID-19

Eric Wagner (The Skull, ex-Trouble) has sadly passed away at the age of 62. The frontman, who was reportedly unvaccinated, died after being hospitalized with COVID pneumonia. The Skull confirmed the news on Facebook:

“We all are devastated and in shock. We lost a band mate, friend, and brother. We will make a statement once we get more info and come to terms with this.”

The band’s ex-guitarist Chuck Robinson also commented:

“This morning I awoke to the worst news… We are all truely devastated.. My dear friend, band mate and brother Eric Wagner has passed. Goodnight Tempter.. We love you..”

Eric Wagner (The Skull, Ex-Trouble) Hospitalized With COVID Pneumonia

Eric Wagner (The Skull, ex-Trouble) has sadly been hospitalized with COVID pneumonia. The Skull issued the following statement:

“Hey All. More bad news…. We will not be able to play Psycho Vegas this Thursday. Eric Wagner’s bout with Covid has gotten worse and he was admitted to the Hospital yesterday with COVID pneumonia. All the other members have tested Negative. Positive thoughts and words will be helpful.”

Mastodon, Vio-lence, Goatwhore, Etc. Added To 2021 Psycho Las Vegas

Mastodon, Vio-lence, Goatwhore, Mutoid Man, and Knocked Loose have been added to the 2021 Psycho Las Vegas Festival. This news comes after Emperor, Mayhem, Satyricon, Watain, and more were forced to drop off the event due to travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The festival will be held in Las Vegas, NV on August 20-22 with a pre-show “Psycho Swim” event scheduled for August 19.

Here’s the updated daily lineups and set times:

August 19 (Psycho Swim):

Daylight Beach Club:

Old Man Gloom 10:30PM – close
Bongzilla 8:30PM – 9:30PM
Death Valley Girls 7:10PM – 8:10PM
Polyrhythmics 5:30PM – 6:50PM
The Skull 4:10PM – 5:10PM
Blackwater Holylight 2:50PM – 3:50PM
Here Lies Man 1:30PM – 2:30PM
DJ Scott Seltzer 12PM – 1:30PM
DJ Painkiller (record selector)

Rhythm & Riffs Lounge (Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino):

DJ Nate Carson 1AM – 2AM
Wino (acoustic) 12AM – 1AM

August 20:

Main Stage:

Mastodon 9:30PM – close
Obituary 7PM – 8:15PM
Vio-lence 5:20PM – 6:20PM
Goatwhore 3:50PM – 4:50PM
Mutoid Man 2:25PM – 3:15PM
Knocked Loose 1PM – 1:50PM
DJ Painkiller (record selector)

Mandalay Bay Beach:

GZA (“Liquid Swords” 25th anniversary set) 11PM – 12AM
Ty Segall 9:50PM – 10:40PM
The Sword 8:40PM – 9:30PM
Paul Cauthen 7:30PM – 8:20PM

House Of Blues:

Health 12:30AM – close
Cephalic Carnage 11:20PM – 12:10AM
Exhorder (performing “Slaughter in the Vatican”) 10:05PM – 11PM
Claude Fontaine 8:50PM – 9:50PM
Pinback 7:35PM – 8:35PM
King Dude 6:20PM – 7:20PM
???? 5:05PM – 6:05PM
Khemmis 4PM – 4:50PM
Toke 3PM – 3:45PM
Alms 2PM – 2:45PM
Foie Gras 1:05PM – 1:45PM
Lord Buffalo 12PM – 12:50PM

Rhythm & Riffs Lounge:

DJ Pubes 1AM – 2AM
Mothership 12AM – 1AM
Bridge City Sinners 10:20PM – 11:30PM
Mother Mercury 9PM – 10PM
Highlands 7:55PM – 8:50PM
Psychlona 6:50PM – 7:40PM
Ask Doc Q&A (w/ Blasko & Bruce Lamont) 5:10PM – 6:40PM
Hippie Death Cult 4PM – 5PM
DJ Dwid Hellion 2:50PM – 4PM
Deathchant 2PM – 2:50PM
DJ Scott Seltzer 12PM – 2PM

August 21:

Main Stage:

Danzig (“Danzig II: Lucifuge” 26th anniversary set) 9:15PM – close
The Flaming Lips 7:10PM – 8:20PM
Thievery Corporation 5:20PM – 6:40PM
Deafheaven 3:50PM – 4:50PM
Red Fang 2:25PM – 3:35PM

Mandalay Bay Beach:

Cannibal Corpse 11PM – 12AM
Dying Fetus 9:50PM – 10:40PM
Pig Destroyer 8:40PM – 9:30PM
Primitive Man 7:30PM – 8:20PM

House Of Blues:

Tim Dillon 12AM – close
Cursive 10PM – 11PM
Death By Stereo 8:50PM – 9:40PM
Poison The Well 7:35PM – 8:35PM
Boysetsfire 6:30PM – 7:20PM
Adamantium 5:15PM – 6:15PM
Eyehategod 4PM – 5PM
Profanatica 3PM – 3:45PM
Curl Up And Die 2PM – 2:45PM
Eighteen Visions 1PM – 1:45PM
Unto Others 12PM – 12:25PM
Vaelmyst 11AM – 11:45AM

Rhythm & Riffs Lounge:

DJ Ethan McCarthy 12AM – 2AM
Black Sabbitch 11PM – 12AM
DJ Brant Bjork 9PM – 11PM
Fatso Jetson 7:50PM – 8:40PM
Silvertomb 6:40PM – 7:30PM
Bruce Lamont (interviews Phil Anselmo) 5:20PM – 6:30PM
Withered 4:15PM – 5PM
????? 3:10PM – 4PM
Flavor Crystals 2PM – 2:50PM
DJ Scott Seltzer 12PM – 2PM

August 22:

Main Stage:

Down (performing “NOLA”) 7:15PM – close
Exodus 5:25PM – 6:35PM
High On Fire 3:50PM – 5PM
Midnight 2:20PM – 3:20PM
Integrity 1PM – 1:50PM

Mandalay Bay Beach:

Osees 11PM – 12AM
Full Of Hell 9:50PM – 10:40PM
Weedeater 8:40PM – 9:30PM
Dengue Fever 7:30PM – 8:20PM

House Of Blues:

Drab Majesty 12:15AM – 1:15AM
Repulsion 11PM – 12AM
Devourment 9:45PM – 10:45PM
Broken Hope 8:40PM – 9:30PM
TSOL 7:35PM – 8:25PM
Immolation 6:20PM – 7:20PM
Frankie and the Witch Fingers 5:05PM – 6:05PM
Kanga 4PM – 4:50PM
Creeping Death 3PM – 3:45PM
Glacial Tomb 2PM – 2:45PM
Vitriol 1PM – 1:45PM
Warish 12PM – 12:45PM

Rhythm & Riffs Lounge:

DJ Painkiller 12:30AM – 2AM
ASG 11:20PM – 12:30AM
Stöner 10PM – 11PM
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears 8:45PM – 9:45PM
Sasquatch 7:40PM – 8:30PM
Howling Giant 6:30PM – 7:30PM
Amigo The Devil 5PM – 6:10PM
Relaxer 3:30PM – 4:40PM
Bruce Lamont (solo) 2PM – 3PM
DJ Scott Seltzer 12PM – 2PM

Eyecandy Lounge:

Health (DJ set) 11:30PM – 2AM
Domenic Palermo (Nothing) (DJ set) 9:30PM – 11:30PM
DJ Pubes 7:30PM – 9:30PM

The Obsessed & The Skull Announce Summer U.S. Tour

The Obsessed and The Skull have announced a summer U.S. tour. You can find the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

07/29 Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class (no The Skull)
07/30 Milwaukee, WI – Club Garibaldi
07/31 Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge
08/01 Indianapolis, IN – Black Circle (matinee show)
08/01 Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub (evening show)
08/02 Knoxville, TN – Brickyard Bar
08/03 Memphis, TN – Growlers
08/04 Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic
08/05 Shreveport, LA – Bears
08/06 Arlington, TX – Division Brewery/Growl
08/07 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall (no The Obsessed)
08/07 New Braunfels, TX – Texas Ski Ranch (‘Ripple Fest‘) (Wino solo show)
08/08 Austin, TX – Lost Well
08/09 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall (no The Skull)
08/10 Lafayette, LA – Freetown Boom Boom Room (no The Skull)
08/10 New Orleans, LA – Santos (no The Obsessed)
08/11 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
08/12 Raleigh, NC – Pour House
08/13 Frederick, MD – Cafe 611
08/14 Brooklyn, NY – GoldSounds
08/15 Providence, RI – Alchemy
08/16 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall

Revised Lineup Announced For 2021 Psycho Las Vegas Festival

Organizers have announced the revised lineup for this year’s Psycho Las Vegas festival. That event will take place on August 20-22 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. A “Psycho Swim” pre-show will also be held on August 19 at the Daylight Beach Club.

Here’s the daily lineups:

August 19 (“Psycho Swim”):

Old Man Gloom
Bongzilla
Death Valley Girls
Polyrhythmics
The Skull
Blackwater Holylight
Here Lies Man
DJ Scott Seltzer
Rhythm & Riffs Lounge:
Wind (acoustic set)
DJ Nate Carson

August 20:

Emperor
GZA
Mayhem
Obituary
Ty Segall
Satyricon
Watain
Paul Cauthen
The Sword
Cephalic Carnage
HEALTH
The Bridge City Sinners
MGLA
Intronaut
Exhorder
Pinback
King Dude
Khemmis
Mothership
Toke
Lord Buffalo
Psychlona
Claude Fontaine
Hippie Death Cult
Foie Gras
Alms
Mother Mercury
DJ Ethan McCarthy
DJ Scott Seltzer
DJ Nate Carson
DJ Painkiller

August 21:

Danzig
The Flaming Lips
Thievery Corporation
Cannibal Corpse
Dying Fetus
Red Fang
Cursive
Pig Destroyer
Poison The Well
Eyehategod
Primitive Man
Death By Stereo
Curl Up & Die
Boysetsfire
Fatso Jetson
Profanatica
Adamantium
Silvertomb
Frankie And The Witch Fingers
Withered
Flavor Crystal
Highlands
Vaelmyst
Black Sabbitch
The Tim Dillon Comedy Hour

August 22:

Down
Exodus
High On Fire
Osees
Amigo The Devil
Drab Majesty
Crippled Black Phoenix
Weedeater
Full Of Hell
Midnight
Repulsion
Cult Of Fire
Zola Jesus
TSOL
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
Guantanamo Baywatch
Immolation
Dengue Fever
Creeping Death
Kanga
Warish
Glacial Tomb
Relaxer
Vitriol
DJ Scott Seltzer
“Ask Doc” Q&A With Doc McGhee

Lineup Confirmed For 2021 Psycho Las Vegas Festival

The lineup has been confirmed for the 2021 Psycho Las Vegas festival. Most of the artists that were set for the cancelled 2020 edition have been rebooked for the event, which is set to take place at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on August 20-22, 2021.

Here’s the lineup:

– Danzig (performing “Danzig II: Lucifuge“)
– Mercyful Fate
– Emperor
– The Flaming Lips
– Blue Öyster Cult
– Down (performing “NOLA“)
– Mayhem
– Satyricon
– Obituary
– Warpaint
– Blonde Redhead
– HEALTH
– Watain
– Ulver
– Katatonia
– At The Gates (“Slaughter Of The Soul” 25th anniversary show)
– Poison The Well
– Paul Cauthen
– Amigo The Devil
– Exhorder
– Wolves In The Throne Room
– Thursday
– Pinback
– Zola Jesus
– Drab Majesty
– Boris
– Eyehategod
– Repulsion
– Immolation
– Midnight
– MGLA
– Windhand
– Cursive
– TSOL
– King Dude
– Pig Destroyer
– Brutus
– Profanatica
– Lower Dens
– Cult Of Fire
– Intronaut
– Boysetsfire
– Death By Stereo
– Curl Up And Die
– Adamantium
– This Will Destroy You
– Khemmis
– Mothership
– Guantanamo Baywatch
– Dengue Fever
– Kaelan Mikla
– Black Joe Lewis
– Fatso Jetson
– Wino
– Creeping Death
– Mephisofeles
– Frankie And The Witch Fingers
– Toke
– Foie Gras
– Flavor Crystals
– Silvertomb
– Lord Buffalo
– Warish
– Alms
– Bömbers
– Glacial Tomb
– Relaxer
– Black Sabbitch
– Hippie Death Cult
– Vaelmyst
– Mother Mercury
– “Two Minutes To Late Night”

Old Man Gloom, Elder, Polyrhythmics, Death Valley Girls, The Skull, Blackwater Holylight, Here Lies Man, and DJ Scott Seltzer will also perform during a “Psycho Swim” event at the Daylight Beach Club on August 19.

Danzig, Mercyful Fate, Emperor, Etc. Set For 2020 Psycho Las Vegas Festival

More artists have been added to the 2020 Psycho Las Vegas festival. The event will take place at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on August 14-16 and it will feature: Danzig (performing “Danzig II: Lucifuge“), Mercyful Fate, Emperor, The Flaming Lips, Blue Öyster Cult, Down (performing “NOLA“), Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Ty Segall & The Freedom Band, Mayhem, Satyricon, Obituary, Warpaint, Blonde Redhead, HEALTH, Watain, Ulver, Katatonia, At The Gates (“Slaughter Of The Soul” 25th anniversary show), Poison The Well, Paul Cauthen, Amigo The Devil, Exhorder, Wolves In The Throne Room, Thursday, Pinback, Zola Jesus, Drab Majesty, Boris, Eyehategod, Repulsion, Immolation, Midnight, MGLA, Windhand, Cursive, TSOL, Crowbar, King Dude, Pig Destroyer, Brutus, Profanatica, Lower Dens, Cult Of Fire, Intronaut, Boysetsfire, Death By Stereo, Curl Up And Die, Adamantium, This Will Destroy You, Khemmis, Mothership, Guantanamo Baywatch, Dengue Fever, Kaelan Mikla, Black Joe Lewis, Fatso Jetson, Wino, Creeping Death, Mephisofeles, Frankie And The Witch Fingers, Toke, Foie Gras, Flavor Crystals, Silvertomb, Lord Buffalo, Warish, Alms, Bömbers, Glacial Tomb, Relaxer, Black Sabbitch, Hippie Death Cult, Vaelmyst, Mother Mercury, and “Two Minutes To Late Night.” A pre-show “Psycho Swim” party will also be held at the Daylight Beach Club on August 13 and it will feature: Old Man Gloom, Elder, Polyrhythmics, Death Valley Girls, The Skull, Blackwater Holylight, Here Lies Man, and DJ Scott Seltzer.

Cirith Ungol, Blood Ceremony, Speedealer, Etc. Set For 2020 Maryland Doom Fest

The lineup has been revealed for the 2020 Maryland Doom Fest. That event will take place at Cafe 611 in Frederick, MD on June 18-21 and it will feature: Cirith Ungol, Blood Ceremony, Speedealer, Mondo Generator, The Skull, Sorcerer, Death Row Assembly, Witch Mountain, Ol’ Time Moonshine, Arduini/Balich, Dirt Eater, Switchblade Jesus, Doperider, Condenados, Cultic, Yatra, Bailjack, Poobah, Earthride, Black Lung, Jake The Hawk, Black Road, Warmask, Admiral Browning, Sourpuss, Molasses Barge, Thunderbird Divine, Dust Prophet, Wolftooth, Vessel Of Light, Wrath Of Typhon, Spiral Grave, Plainride, Mangog, Cavern, Galactic Cross, Shadow Witch, Burgan, Akris, Plague Wielder, The Age Of Truth, Knoxxville, The Astral Void, Serpents Of Secrecy, Omen Stones, Crystal Spiders, Helgamite, VRSA, Conclave, Et Mors, Strange Highways, Alms, and Dyerwulf.