Attached to Trouble's name, barnacle-like, is a variant of this descriptor: "American Doom Metal pioneers." Guitarist Rick Wartell, who co-founded the band in 1979, laughs when queried about his agreement with the delineation. "Welllllll... no. We modeled Trouble after Black Sabbath and Judas Priest. We wanted to be as heavy as Sabbath, and have the dual guitars of Judas Priest," he explains, in a flat accent that affirms his Chicago-area roots. "There were bands doing it long before us. Are we appreciative of the recognition? Of course, but the reality is Sabbath got it from somewhere... it's just something that manifests. It's not like we started anything, we just put our stamp on it."
That stamp has been reasonably consistent through several incarnations and nine albums since 1984, coming somewhat full circle with 2013's The Distortion Field. With singer Kyle Thomas (ex-Exhorder) fronting the band for the last two years, the most notable missing member is vocalist Eric Wagner, who sang with Trouble from 1979 to 1997, and again from 2000 to 2008, and now heads up his own band, the Skull, with two other ex-Trouble members.)
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