PLACE OF SKULLS
AS A DOG RETURNS
Former Pentagram six-string maestro Victor Griffin wields his axe in the name of God once again to helm his project Place of Skulls’ latest eight-track presentation AS A DOG RETURNS. This album is equipped with a warm and organic doom metal aura thanks to the combination of Griffin’s smooth vocals and mesmerizing fretwork breaking into the kind of massive jams birthed during multiple studio sessions leading his spiritual sojourn (“Dayspring”). Ominous song lengths, bluesy swagger (“He’s God”) and heavy handed hulking riffs aside, there’s an air of serenity that creeps out of songs like “Psalms” when harmonica and bongos are included, but make no mistake; though the lyrics are laden with praise, this disc is distinctly drenched with a slow crawling psychedelic charm ripped from the clutches of Lucifer himself.