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Place of Skulls : Nailed

I'll just come right out and say it: Place of Skulls' debut disc, 'Nailed', is one of the best trad. Doom albums to come out in this - or any - year. And with the sad breakup of riffing doom lords Spirit Caravan and Oversoul this year, that's a welcome statement indeed.

This is Maryland-style old-school doom the way it's supposed to be. Former Pentagram and Death Row member Victor Griffin brings on the 'Sabbathy heaviness with a thick, deceptively smooth guitar tone and clean vocals. Drummer Tim Tomaselli knows how to spank the skins just right to support that heaviness, and ex-Death Row bassist Lee Abney fits in seamlessly. The album is short by CD standards, but it's "all killa, no filla": it's more densely packed with doomy goodness than many a lengthier album. In fact, aside from personal favorites ('Dead'), I can't call out one or two "best" songs, because they're all so damned good! The songs are all slow-to-midpaced tunes in the The Obsessed/Pentagram/'Sabbath tradition. The lyrics, sung by Victor with intense passion, are all about spiritual questing. But don't worry, it's not in the least preachy or intrusive. In fact, the words add a welcome depth to the music.

Although the debut album by Pale Divine is right up there, for me this is the riffing doom album of the year so far. 'Nuff said!

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. The Fall
2. Never Die
3. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
4. Feeling of Dread
5. Love She Gave
6. Song of Solomon

Duration : Approx. 39 minutes.

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kevin McHugh
Thermal Mass
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