As A Dog Returns
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Studio album by Place of Skulls
Released November 9 2010
Recorded January 2010 at Lakeside Studios in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
Genre Doom Metal
Length 55:09
Producer Travis Wyrick, Victor Griffin
Place of Skulls chronology
The Black Is Never Far
As A Dog Returns
Victor Griffin's In-Graved

As A Dog Returns is the fourth studio album by the Knoxville, Tennessee doom metal band Place of Skulls. Working again with longtime producer Travis Wyrick, As A Dog Returns would be released in the United States via Giddy Up Records on 9 November 2010 and on 4 April 2011 via Volcom Entertainment in Europe. The band would tour Europe that April alongside The Gates of Slumber to support the album.[1] The album also featured a cover of "Desperation" by Steppenwolf.

In regards to the recording of the album it had Abney, Griffin and Tomaselli reunite after Abney and Griffin had been dealing with personal issues a couple years prior. However the band would start jamming again in late 2009 and reached out to Travis Wyrick to record. However with only January opened up on his recording schedule the band would go into the studio with half the songs written and compose the rest of it "on a wing and a prayer" though the spontaneity of the recording sessions was something Griffin would come to appreciate.[2]

As A Dog Returns would see praise from several publications such as Angelic Warlord (8.5/10),[3] Metal Underground (4/5),[4] Metal Storm (9.3/10),[5] Steff Metal,[6] The Obelisk[7] and Exclaim!.[8]

Tracklist[edit | edit source]

All songs written by Victor Griffin except where noted.

  • 1. The Maker (5:05)
  • 2. Breath of Life (6:08)
  • 3. Though He Slay Me (4:52)
  • 4. Psalms (5:29)
  • 5. Dayspring (9:55) (Griffin, Abney, Tomaselli)
  • 6. Timeless Hearts (7:44)
  • 7. He's God (4:54)
  • 8. Desperation (5:34) (John Kay, Steppenwolf)
  • 9. As A Dog Returns (5:28)

Personnel[edit | edit source]

  • Victor Griffin - Guitar, Vocals, Producer
  • Lee Abney - Bass, Backing Vocals
  • Tim Tomaselli - Drums
  • Michael Crowley - Harmonica (6)
  • Julius Blue - Keyboards (8)
  • Travis Wyrick - Synthesizer (3), Engineer, Mixing, Producer
  • Mike Dearing - Engineer (Drums)
  • Chad Smith - Photography
  • Tudor Chira - Artwork

External Links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

V·T·E Place of Skulls
Current Members Victor GriffinLee AbneyTim Tomaselli
Past Members Ron HolznerGreg TurleyScott Weinrich • Dennis Cornelius • Pete Campbell • Dan Lively • Russell Lee Padgett
Studio Albums NailedWith VisionThe Black Is Never FarAs A Dog Returns
Other Releases Place of Skulls Live!Death Row Reunion 2000Love Through Blood
Associated Bands, Artists, Etc. Death RowPentagramThe ObsessedTroubleRevelationCathedralLate For An Early GraveVictor Griffin's In-Graved
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