Thursday, March 29, 2012

Place Of Skulls - The Black Is Never Far

Year of release: 2006
Genre: Doom Metal/Hard Rock
Country: U.S.A.

01. Prisoners Creed
02. Sense Of Divinity
03. Darkest Hour
04. Interlude
05. Apart Fom Me
06. The Black Is Never Far
07. We The Unrighteuos
08. Interlude
09. Masters Of Jest
10. Interlude
11. Lookin' For A Reason
12. Relentless (Pentagram cover)
13. Changed Heart

In a few words:
The guitarist Victor Griffin (Pentagram) started the Place Of Sculls at 2000. The Black Is Never Far is the third studio album of the band. Knowing Griffin's background with Pentagram it is not difficult to guess what kind of music he composed: doom metal, with a lot of megalithic riffs and wah wah solos. There are many "melancholic melodies" in the album, especially in the more acoustic songs (like self-titled for example). Griffin probably had in mind bands like Alice In Chains when he wrote the music, since there are many alternative/grunge influences throughout the album. Even the atmosphere of the album is more hard rock-ish than mournful. Griffin's voice is quite suitable for this kind of music; it gives extra weight to the songs. Overall, the album is brutal and heavy when it needs to be, but it is also melodic and melancholic when it is necessary.

Personal highlights: 
"Darkest Hour", "The Black Is Never Far" and "Lookin' For A Reason"


wyrm said...

Wow! Excellent DOOOOOOOOOOM! Reminds of Krux at some points, and thats not a bad thing!


Strange Taste In Music said...

They remind many bands on their doom-y songs. Krux are good band also.

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