In conjunction with the release of their long-awaited fourth full-length, 'As A Dog Returns', Knoxville, Tennessee doom metallers PLACE OF SKULLS will embark on a European tour with Japanese doom rock trio Eternal Elysium. The tour will run from October 23 to November 8 and kick off at the fourth annual Hammer Of Doom Fest in Würzburg, Germany. Click here for the tour dates.
In addition, the band was recently added to the 2011 edition of the prestigious Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Holland! Said founding guitarist/vocalist Victor Griffin of the upcoming full-length and run of dates: "The new album is ready to hit and it's a hard one to describe. While it has the heaviness and darkness expected from PLACE OF SKULLS, no one song is indicative of the entire record. It really has to be heard and meditated on by the individual listener to judge its merits fairly. But whatever the general consensus is, as always, we've made another album exactly as we wanted to make it delivering a heavy dose of doom reality with a brighter than ever light at the end of the tunnel! "We're excited to be kicking off a new European tour with Eternal Elysium supporting," he continues. "We also have a possible US tour being considered for early 2011, and dates already being confirmed for another European tour in April 2011 including the Roadburn Festival! Thanks to everyone for all their support and Godspeed!"
'As A Dog Returns' was recorded at Lakeside Studios in Knoxville by Travis Wyrick and Griffinwith drums recorded and engineered by Mike Dearing.
Formed in early 2000 by guitarist/singer/songwriter Victor Griffin, bassist Lee Abney and drummer Tim Tomaselli, PLACE OF SKULLS -- a biblical reference to Golgotha -- carries the torch of prior Griffin and Abney bands such as Death Row and Pentagram in the ever-burgeoning underground scene of doom metal. But as their sound continues to expand beyond those boundaries, they incorporate intricate dynamics in their songs that few bands of the same genre explore and lyrically reflect upon their spiritual beliefs, faith, God, politics, and the search for peace. Having stepped outside the proverbial box of “doom metal,” PLACE OF SKULLS opens the door of accessibility to a whole other cross section of heavy rock enthusiast. But by no means should this be taken lightly. Their sound is as crushing and molten live as ever and no less threatening than any of their musical counterparts in volume. With a new album and tour now on the horizon, PLACE OF SKULLS looks primed to re-establish their position among their fans and peers.
'As A Dog Returns' will be released later this year. Further details to be announced soon. Check out the album trailer here: http://tinyurl.com/2ub6kaf
"As A Dog Returns is an album that gives me comfort, confidence, and strength. ‘Breath Of Life’ is like a dark valley…it's heavy and somehow uncomfortable, but you have to go through it, because it's a part of (our) lives. The sun will shine again and that happens also on this album. Its depth is intense and evocative..." -- Cosmic Lava
"...classy, solid and creative, the musicianship is second to none as Griffin is in top form, Tomaselli delivers a stellar performance on the drums and the bass playing of Abney is spot on." -- Doommantia