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PLACE OF SKULLS
THE BLACK IS NEVER FAR
EXILE ON MAINSTREAM

The latest entry from Place of Skulls demonstrates the trio finding the improbable middle ground between soulful metal and straight-laced doom. THE BLACK IS NEVER FAR is the name of the aforementioned collection, and despite most of the 13-track collection’s dirges and up-tempo numbers alike sprouting message of hope and salvation, Victor Griffin and company musically tend to stay two steps away from total doom metal meltdown, keeping the listener enthralled with superb compositions and intense acoustic guitars on the title cut while thoroughly executing the mighty riffs and glisteningly bluesy jam combo that steers cuts like “Darkest Hour”. Emblazoned with a classic rock feel and laden with hypnotically instrumental firepower, Place of Skulls have merged the ‘70s sunshine rock aesthetic with overbearingly weighty and oppressive guitar and bass tones, allowing widespread appreciation of songs like “Apart from Me” to come from all walks of rock fans digging on Black Label Society, Trouble, Down, and the like. A powerhouse of an album that surpasses all stoner rock in terms of unadulterated and pure musicianship, Place of Skulls has put forth a masterpiece with THE BLACK IS NEVER FAR.
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