The Black Is Never Far

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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
For a while there, it didn't look like Place of Skulls would ever release a third album, having announced their breakup following an exciting but not surprisingly doomed-to-be-brief ("doom," get it?) association with journeyman Scott "Wino" Weinrich (Saint Vitus, the Obsessed, Spirit Caravan, etc.) on their stellar sophomore album, With Vision. Not one to play second fiddle to anyone, Wino was soon moving on to found new band the Hidden Hand, leaving Place of Skulls founder and former Pentagram guitarist Victor Griffin to initially pack it in before deciding to simply reassume the role of single frontman role for 2006's The Black Is Never Far. And, not surprisingly, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
For a while there, it didn't look like Place of Skulls would ever release a third album, having announced their breakup following an exciting but not surprisingly doomed-to-be-brief ("doom," get it?) association with journeyman Scott "Wino" Weinrich (Saint Vitus, the Obsessed, Spirit Caravan, etc.) on their stellar sophomore album, With Vision. Not one to play second fiddle to anyone, Wino was soon moving on to found new band the Hidden Hand, leaving Place of Skulls founder and former Pentagram guitarist Victor Griffin to initially pack it in before deciding to simply reassume the role of single frontman role for 2006's The Black Is Never Far. And, not surprisingly, the '80s-flavored doom and heavy metal emanating from these tracks proves as solid yet unremarkable as that of Place of Skulls' debut. It's true: Griffin's always distinctive guitar work alternates megalithic riffs with evocatively melancholy melodies on standouts "Sense of Divinity," "Apart from Me," and "Lookin' for a Reason"; but his indifferent talents as a vocalist (while former partner Wino's voice is technically lousy, but loaded with personality) inevitably consign the bulk of the remaining tracks to oblivion in an already crowded doom scene. As such, The Black Is Never Far isn't recommended for first-time Place of Skulls listeners, but may appease longtime Griffin and doom devotees with its occasional bright spots.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/2/2006
  • Label: Exile On Mainstream
  • UPC: 881850010124
  • Catalog Number: 21

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prisoner's Creed (2:51)
  2. 2 Sense of Divinity (4:13)
  3. 3 Darkest Hour (6:00)
  4. 4 Interlude (0:10)
  5. 5 Apart from Me (4:41)
  6. 6 The Black Is Never Far (6:02)
  7. 7 We the Unrighteous (2:38)
  8. 8 Interlude (0:13)
  9. 9 Masters of Jest (4:10)
  10. 10 Interlude (0:13)
  11. 11 Lookin' for a Reason (6:27)
  12. 12 Relentless (4:28)
  13. 13 Changed Heart (3:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Place of Skulls Primary Artist
Charles Robinson Background Vocals
Victor Griffin Guitar, Vocals
Lee Abney Bass, Background Vocals
Tim Tomaselli Drums, Background Vocals
Dennis Cornelius Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals
Chastity Brown Saxophone
Technical Credits
Victor Griffin Producer
Travis Wyrick Producer, Mastering
Andreas Kohl Artwork
Mike Dearing Engineer
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