Album Review – Skull -Thoughts Of The Others

Skull are a four piece from Leeds releasing their debut album, Thoughts Of The Others, on the amusingly titled Shove It Up Your Cult Records. They are classed as alternative rock and on an initial listen their album is a modern twist on 90s alt rock reminding me of bands such as Gruntruck with a Danzigesque quality to the vocals. This 90s vibe is heightened by spoken word excerpts slotted in between tracks which may appeal to some but felt unnecessary as the tracks are strong enough on their own. Certainly the guitar riffs are flowing a plenty, blistering through concise well-constructed pieces such as Sleazy which encapsulates a Kyuss essence that is more than welcome to my ears.

Skull create a large and rich sound that flows throughout the album which is demonstrated fully in Yellow King, slower paced than most of the tracks and allows the listener to relish the depth of sound.

If you like melodious heavy rock, Skull are worth exploring as this is a decent debut album incorporating their past two singles RPM and Lightswitch. I am intrigued to experience a live performance as it seems they are more impassioned than their recorded work; and considering this album is an emotionally consuming collection, I’m fascinated to see how the intensity would translate into a live arena.

Thoughts of the Others is released on 13th April, 2018

 

Reviewer: Toni Woodward

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