The Skull, Mount Salem, Wretch, Liquor Mortis, Black4 | Reggies’ Rock Club | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

The Skull, Mount Salem, Wretch, Liquor Mortis, Black4 17+ Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended Image

When: Fri., Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m. 2014

It doesn’t count as a cover band if you’ve got three members of the original band in your lineup, does it? That was the existential debate that went on when the Skull formed shortly after an intended one-off reunion show in 2012 by great Chicago doom pioneers Trouble. At first the band specialized in re-creating Trouble’s sound (very adeptly), while Trouble itself continued with a rival lineup. Awkward, sure, but not insurmountably so—plus, the Trouble legacy, desperately underappreciated at the time, is big enough for a lot of people to play around with. Fortunately, the Skull has crept out from under that giant shadow by releasing its debut, For Those Which Are Asleep (Tee Pee), this past fall and emerging as a great doom powerhouse in its own right. It’s a rich and meaty album of old-school acidic retro doom, full of powerful builds and mesmerizing dynamic range; former Pentagram guitarist Matt Goldsborough brings a bit of that influence. Bassist Ron Holzner tells me that for this show we can expect a blend of old and new, including a tribute to Trouble’s debut album Psalm 9 on its 30th anniversary. —Monica Kendrick

Price: $15, $10 in advance

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