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Place Of Skulls

Formed: 2000
From: Knoxville, TN, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped

Latest Place Of Skulls News

Below is our complete Place Of Skulls news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

Place Of Skulls Announces Album European Release

"As A Dog Returns," the nine track follow-up to the 2006 Place of Skulls album "The Black Is Never Far," was released in the U.S. last fall via Giddy Up Records. The band has now teamed up with Volcom Entertainment to release the album in Europe on April 4th, 2011 with distribution by ADA Warner.

Said guitarist/vocalist Victor Griffin of the cooperation: "We're extremely happy with this arrangement. I've had my eye on Volcom for some time now. They're a wide-reaching company and have their hand in other markets besides music... a clothing line, skateboard/surfing apparel, and more. It's cool that a company like this loves heavy music and only puts out the stuff they really dig. It's just a whole different angle than the way labels typically work."

Place of Skulls also has the following upcoming tour dates:

3/31/2011 FIN - Helsinki, Kuudes Linja
4/01/2011 FIN - Oulu, Nuclear Nightclub
4/02/2011 FIN - Turku, Klubi
4/05/2011 GER - Nürnberg, KV
4/06/2011 CH - Lenzburg, Met Bar
4/07/2011 A - Wien, Arena
4/08/2011 I - Vicenza, Sabotage
4/09/2011 I - Parma, Onirica Club
4/10/2011 CH - Martigny, Les Caves du Manoir
4/12/2011 F - Paris, Le Labo - Théatre de Ménilmontant
4/13/2011 ESP - Barcelona, Rocksound
4/15/2011 NL - Tilburg, O13, Roadburn, Midi Theater for POS

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Place Of Skulls Joins Giddy Up! Records

Tennessee based doom act Place of Skulls has signed on to the Giddy Up! records roster, which also includes Moth Eater, Black Water Risin, and Demonica. Giddy Up! will release the new Place of Skulls album "As a Dog Returns" in North America on November 9th, 2010.

Said Giddy Up! label head Steve Seabury: "To me, Victor Griffin is a legend in the doom scene. I am like a little kid at the doom store. It's an absolute honor and privilege to have Place of Skulls join the Giddy Up! Records family. This record is just amazing. I love it."

Place of Skulls also has the following upcoming tour dates:

10/26/2010 Little Devil - Tilburg, NL
10/28/2010 Loppen - Kopenhagen, DK
10/29/2010 Rockefeller/ John Dee - Oslo, NOR w/ Orange Goblin
10/30/2010 Tribute Sandnes, Stavanger, NOR w/ Orange Goblin
10/31/2010 TBA
11/02/2010 Hafenklang - Hamburg, GER
11/03/2010 Mau - Rostock, GER
11/04/2010 White Trash - Berlin, GER
11/05/2010 Falkendom - Bielefeld, GER
11/06/2010 JH De Lochtink - Eeklo, BEL
11/07/2010 Baroeg, Dutch Doom Days 9 - Rotterdam, NL
11/08/2010 Rosenkeller - Jena, GE

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Mourning Beloveth To Play Dutch Doom Days

Mourning Beloveth has issued the following announcement about appearing at the Dutch Doom Days festival:

"We are delighted to announce that we will be helping out our old friends at the Dutch Doom Days IX by stepping in to play on the Sunday after the unfortunate cancellation of The Wounded Kings. Lets hope all our bones remain intact until after our show!"

The festival lineup is as follows:

November 6
Revelation (US classic doom)
Hooded Menace (FI doom/death)
Funeral (NO funeral doom)
Bottle Doom Lazy Band (FR classic doom)
Akelei (NL melodic doom)
My Silent Wake (UK melodic doom)
Evadne (ES melodic doom/death)

November 7
Place Of Skulls (US classic doom)
Eternal Elysium (JP stoner/doom)
Mourning Beloveth (IE melodic doom/death)
Ocean Chief (SE stoner/doom)
Hooded Priest (BE classic doom)
Grimpen Mire (UK sludge/doom)
Nephthys (NL melodic doom/death)

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Place Of Skulls Comments On New Album And Tour

Tennessee based religious doom metal act Place of Skulls has announced the band's fourth full-length album will be entitled "As A Dog Returns." In conjunction with the new release, Place of Skulls will embark on a European tour alongside Japanese doom rock trio Eternal Elysium. The tour will run from October 23rd to November 8th and kick off at the fourth annual Hammer Of Doom Fest in Würzburg, Germany. Guitarist/vocalist Victor Griffin commented of the upcoming full-length and run of tour 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," 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!"

The upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...

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Place Of Skulls Updates Tour Schedule

Knoxville, Tennessee based religious doom metallers Place of Skulls have updated their tour schedule with the following dates:

01.10. USA - Knoxville, The Shop
23.10. GER - Würzburg, Posthalle, Hammer of Doom 4 Festival
24.10. GER - Köln, Gebäude 9
25.10 F - Paris, tbc.
26.10 NL - Tilburg, Little Devil
28.10 DK - Kopenhagen, Loppen
29.10 NOR - Oslo, Rockefeller/ John Dee with ORANGE GOBLIN
30.10 NOR - Stavanger/ Sandnes, Tribute, with ORANGE GOBLIN
31.10 NOR - tbc.
02.11. GER - Hamburg, Hafenklang
03.11. GER - Rostock, Mau
04.11. GER - Berlin, White Trash
05.11. GER - Bielefeld, Falkendom
06.11. B - Eeklo, JH De Lochtink
07.11. NL - Rotterdam, Baroeg, Dutch Doom Days 9
08.11. GER - Jena, Rosenkeller

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Orange Goblin Announces Halloween Shows

Orange Goblin has issued the following update about a Black Sabbath tribute track and playing Halloween shows in Norway:

"This month’s Metal Hammer magazine features a free ‘Tribute to Black Sabbath’ CD and Orange Goblin are one of the featured artists. The band recorded their version of ‘Symptom of the Universe’ earlier this year at The Animal Farm studio in London. As well as OG, the CD also features covers by the likes of Turisas, Cavalera Conspiracy, Amon Amarth, Karma To Burn, Turbowolf, Ted Maul, Apocolyptica and more! Metal Hammer is available from all good newsagents!

"In other news, we are proud to announce that Orange Goblin will be returning to Norway for 2 very special exclusive Halloween shows. Support on both dates comes from the mighty Place of Skulls and Eternal Elysium. The dates are as follows: Friday 29th October – Oslo, John Dee, Saturday 30th October – Stavanger, Tribute."

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Place Of Skulls Announces European Shows

Knoxville, Tennessee based religious doom metallers Place of Skulls have announced the following upcoming European tour dates:

23.10 GER - Würzburg, Posthalle, Hammer of Doom
24.10 GER - Köln, Gebäude 9
26.10 NL - Tilburg, Little Devil
28.10 DK - Kopenhagen, Loppen
02.11 GER - Hamburg, Hafenklang
03.11 GER - Rostock, Mau
04.11 GER - Berlin, White Trash
07.11 NL - Rotterdam, Baroeg, Dutch Doom Days
08.11 GER - Jena, Rosenkeller

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Place Of Skulls Comments On New Album

Knoxville, Tennessee based religious doom metallers Place of Skulls have announced the upcoming release of their fourth full-length album, entitled "As A Dog Returns." The follow-up to 2006's "The Black Is Never Far" was recorded at Lakeside Studios in Knoxville by Travis Wyrick and founding guitarist/vocalist Victor Griffin with drums recorded and engineered by Mike Dearing. A brief video clip of the band in the studio can be found after the jump.

Said Griffin of the band's latest output: "The new album As A Dog Returns picks up dynamically where The Black Is Never Far left off. Where The Black... album had a bit more of a depressive theme lyrically, the new album tends to look to a brighter outcome. Musically we've gone further than ever before with dynamics and production. Though all the Place of Skulls brand of heaviness you would expect is certainly there, there's a nice ebb and flow with quieter parts which tend to set a very dramatic and melancholy mood at times to the overall album.

"With every album we've done," he continues, "our growth and progression has been evident, and this new release is no different. I'm really enjoying the growth of my songwriting as time goes by. I don't feel as if I have anything to prove so I think the writing gets more open, honest, and genuine with every release. We're very excited to finally get a new album out and hit the road again! Look for As A Dog Returns to be available in late September!"

The track listing is as follows:

1. Timeless Hearts
2. Breath Of Life
3. Though He Slay Me
4. Psalm
5. Dayspring
6. The Maker
7. He's God
8. Desperation
9. As A Dog Returns More...

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Place Of Skulls Updates Tour Schedule

Tennessee based religious doom metal act Place of Skulls has announced the following string of upcoming live shows:

5/22 2010 Bannerfest Knoxville, TN
6/19 2010 Longbranch Saloon Knoxville, Tennessee
7/2 2010 Cornerstone Festival Marietta (near Bushnell), IL
7/24 2010 The Downtown Morristown, Tennessee

You can also check out sample Place of Skulls tracks through the band's MySpace page.

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Place Of Skulls To Perform At Cornerstone Festival

U.S. based religious doom metal act Place of Skulls has checked in with the following update about appearing at the Cornerstone Festival:

"Place of Skulls will be appearing at the Cornerstone Festival in Bushnell, IL on July 2, 2010! For the first time in the festival's 25 year history, there will be a special doom metal night in the Sanctuary Tent! More detailed info coming soon!

"The Cornerstone Festival is a week long festival in Central Illinois that celebrates Christian participation in the arts & culture. Over 20,000 people come from all over the world to camp on an incredibly beautiful piece of land, and enjoy its lake, ponds, woods, and meadows. Seminars, concerts, art galleries, film festivals, drama, & classes offer something for everyone, and the recreational opportunities are enormous. Now approaching its 25th season, Cornerstone has earned its reputation as one of the most relevant and best organized festivals of its kind. More information about the festival can be found here."

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Place Of Skulls Guitarist Has Guitar Stolen

U.S. based religious doom metal act Place of Skulls has issued the following update about guitarist Victor Griffin having his guitar stolen after a show:

"Dear partners & friends, bad news on Death Row/Church Of Misery Euro Tour. A guitar was stolen from Death Row/Place of Skulls guitarist Victor Griffin in Vienna, Austria on April 7 at the Arena venue. The guitar was onstage after the final song and was taken before the band and crew returned to the stage for tear down.

"The guitar is a Cherry red Gibson Les Paul Standard with serial number 93177428. We have a very good indication of the person that took it. Several connections are being followed. If this person would like an arrangement to return the guitar without any further criminal pursuit or action against him, you may contact Klaus Koschel at klaus@vibra-agency.de."

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Place Of Skulls Finishing New Album

U.S. religious doom metal act Place of Skulls are currently in the process of finishing up their fourth full-length album "As a Dog Returns." The current tentative track listing for the album is as follows:

1. Timeless Hearts
2. Breath Of Life
3. Though He Slay Me
4. Psalm
5. Dayspring
6. He's God
7. The Maker
8. Desperation
9. As A Dog Returns

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Place Of Skulls Posts Studio Video Report Online

Tennessee doom metal band PLACE OF SKULLS has entered Lakeside Studios in Knoxville, TN on January, 25 to record their as-yet-untitled new album. Five songs completed thus far are titled as follows:

"Dayspring"
"As A Dog Returns"
"The Maker"
"Breath Of Life"
"Though He Stay Me"

Check out a quick studio clip below:

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Scott "Wino" Weinrich Solo Album Forthcoming

Legendary guitarist: Scott “Wino” Weinrich (Saint Vitus, Obsessed, Spirit Caravan, Place of Skulls, The Hidden Hand) has an album's worth of “solo” recordings in the works. Assisting Wino will on the album will be Jean-Paul Gaster (Clutch) on drums and Jon Blank (Rez n) on bass. The album will be called: “Punctuated Equilibrium” and tracks are currently being layed down with J. Robbins (producer of the Hidden Hands: “Mother Teacher Destroyer”) in Maryland. Wino is really excited about the results so far and said: “Punctuated Equilibrium” will bring my career into focus.” More information on the album will be forthcoming.

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Place of Skulls Tracklisting and Artwork

PLACE OF SKULLS, the Knoxville, Tennessee-based band featuring former PENTAGRAM guitarist Victor Griffin, have finalized the track listing for their third full-length CD, "The Black Is Never Far", due late February in Germany (on Exile On Mainstream Records), followed by the rest of Europe, the U.K., and the U.S. by the end of March.

"The Black Is Never Far" was recorded at Lakeside Studios with producers Travis Wyrick and Mike Dearing, and features Griffin alongside Dennis Cornelius of REVELATION and OVERSOUL fame and drummer extraordinaire Tim Tomaselli. Longtime friend and original PLACE OF SKULLS/DEATH ROW bassist Lee Abney also makes a guest appearance. Touring plans include a European trek in early 2006 with a possible limited run of U.S. dates.

"The Black Is Never Far" (view cover here) track listing:

01. Prisoner's Creed
02. Sense Of Divinity
03. Darkest Hour
04. Interlude
05. Apart From Me
06. The Black Is Never Far
07. We The Unrighteous
08. Interlude
09. Masters Of Jest
10. Interlude
11. Lookin' For A Reason
12. Relentless
13. Changed Heart

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Place Of Skulls To Play Doom Shall Rise Festival

Their retirement short-lived, Place of Skulls have announced that they will be playing this year’s Doom Shall Rise Festival on April 16, 2005 in Göppingen, Germany . They will be touring with Pale Divine and Rising Dust.

The line-up for this tour will be Victor Griffin, Dennis Cornelius, and Tim Tomaselli.

For additional Place of Skulls tour dates, please see their website.

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Place Of Skulls Continue With New Members

US doomsters Place Of Skulls have changed their mind about splitting up - and will now carry on with a new line-up. Joining guitarist/vocalist Victor Griffin and bassist Dennis Cornelius will almost certainly be a drummer whose a major name from the metal underground. Plans are already in hand for a studio album. More info soon.

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Place Of Skulls Add New Drummer

Place Of Skulls have a new drummer to replace the newley departed Tim Tomaselli. Pete Campbell (ex-Sixty Watt Shamen) has joined the band. The release of the band's new EP, "Love Through Blood" has been moved back to an announced date, but in the meantime they've also announced a European tour with Alix: More...

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