Speaking of new local CDs, Mic Harrison and the High Score have finished Great Commotion, the follow-up to 2008's On the Right Side of the Grass, and have set July 27 as the official release date. They're playing an advance release show at Patrick Sullivan's on Friday, July 23, at 9 p.m.
And Place of Skulls, the Christian doom-metal band led by former Pentagram guitarist Victor Griffin, has finished recording its fourth album, As a Dog Returns, with an expected release date this fall.
Even though the band's barely acknowledged in its hometown—Griffin thanked the small crowd at the end of a recent show at the Longbranch Saloon for supporting the "struggling doom-metal scene in Knoxville"—Place of Skulls has an enthusiastic national following and a distinguished underground lineage: Griffin played in the seminal D.C. doom group Pentagram's classic lineup from 1981 to 1996 and wrote or co-wrote some of that band's signature songs ("Death Row," "Relentless," "20 Buck Spin"), and Scott "Wino" Weinrich (St. Vitus, the Obsessed) played on Place of Skulls' 2003 album With Vision. (That album and the 2001 debut Nailed were released on Southern Lord, home to Sunn O))), Boris, and Earth.) Griffin's played several live dates with Pentagram recently, including a headlining set at the prestigious Maryland Death Fest in late May, since the departure of guitarist Russ Strahan this spring.