Victor Griffin, who was a founding member of the legendary band PENTAGRAM in the 70's who was also out at the same time as BLACK SABBATH, has turned up again with PLACE OF SKULLS.
There is no denying his love for SABBATH. The influences are showcased time and time again on the disc. If you like your Rock to sound heavy added with some sludge for good measure, then you are reading the right review. The Opener "The Fall" is not only going to blow your speakers out of their cabinet with Lee Abney's punishing bass, but Victor adds some classy and beautiful guitar licks that are very spiritual sounding at some points of the song. Great way to start off the CD.
While a lot of 70s-inspired Rock-bands just go for low end and sludge, PLACE OF SKULLS tries to add more dimensions to their sound by adding Blues-riffs and even some passion which will make them stand out from the rest of this batch with no problem. "Dead" adds some spice which is actually a nice pick-me-upper. They even manage to put a dreadful yet rockin' spin on THE ANIMALS' classic "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood".
I have managed to make room for this disc in my player and you should, too, if you appreciate great 70's Rock with some oomph!