Chicago doom-metal legends TROUBLE announced in February that they recruited Kyle Thomas as their new singer following the departure of their frontman of the past four years, Kory Clarke (of WARRIOR SOUL fame).
Thomas, former lead vocalist for EXHORDER, FLOODGATE and ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY, was no stranger to TROUBLE as he previously fronted the band for four live shows between 1997 and 1999, including Stoner Hands Of Doom festival in Maryland and Expo Of The Extreme in Chicago. Thomas has also collaborated on projects with members of SLIPKNOT, DOWN, OBITUARY and DEICIDE.
In a new posting on TROUBLE’s official web site, the band writes, “The songs are coming along just great! We have some final guitar stuff to finish up and the vocals aren’t far behind.
“We are very impressed with the talent Kyle has brought to TROUBLE and those are just the demos! TROUBLE fans will be pleased to say the least!
“We are all very excited about this new album and look forward to seeing you all in the spring/summer of 2013.”
In an interview with Metal Kaoz, TROUBLE guitarist Bruce Franklin stated about Kyle’s addition to the band, “We didn’t need to change any of the [new] music [to suit Kyle’s vocals]. He really knows how to sing to TROUBLE stuff because he was a fan from way back.”
Added Kyle: “They had given me four songs to work on when I was jamming with them in anticipation of possibly doing the album that came to be ‘Simple Mind Condition’. I did demo one song, but nothing I did ever made it to the album. Things turned out the way that they have between then and now, and here I am.”
He continued, “Bruce and Rick [Wartell, guitar] have always been great to me as people and business partners. I was made to feel an equal back then, and the same goes for now. That is monumental for me — I grew up listening to these guys and now I am a member of one of my favorite bands. You can’t beat that.”
TROUBLE 2012 is:
Kyle Thomas: Vocals
Bruce Franklin: Guitar
Rick Wartell: Guitar
Shane Pasqualla: Bass
Mark Lira: Drums