Of the many bands who take a large influence from
Trouble is arguably one of the best,
and certainly one of the most influential.
They emerged from Chicago in the early eighties,
promoting themselves as "White Metal"
in reference to their spiritual, somewhat religious lyrics
(though they never aligned themselves with the Christian metal
scene and are not really considered a religious band).
They released a solid trio of albums on the Metal Blade label
in the eighties before hooking up with Rick Rubin's Def American
label in 1990.
Their six albums rank along the best bodies of work by any band --
truly doom masterpieces.
For many years after the release of their last album in 1995
came scattered reports that the band was on hiatus, inactive, or
Except for some members participating in other bands such as
little was heard from the band members themselves.
Finally, in 2001, the band came back together, and in 2003
officially commenced work on a new album (originally
titled Seven, eventually released as
Simple Mind Condition in March 2007).
Vocalist Eric Wagner stepped away from the band the following year,
citing a disinterest in touring.
His replacement was former
frontman Kory Clarke, who himself quit in February 2012,
to be replaced by
vocalist Kyle Thomas, who had previously sung with the band for a few
gigs several years prior.
A new album has been in the works for some time, no release date