EP featuring 4 songs that Victor had and wanted released, so here
it is! I think it's better to let him tell the story behind this
one, so see below.
Finally “Love Through Blood” sees the light of day.
We’ve had these songs on the shelf for close to 5 years.
After several attempts to get them released on various labels,
Outlaw Recordings delivers! Which is no small decision in my opinion.
In this world of so-called tolerance and “believe what you
want as long as you agree with me” attitude, “Love
Through Blood” will probably rattle some nerves. Unquestionably,
the lyrics will be controversial in the ears of some…but
what remains is the same heavy vibe that Place of Skulls and bands
from my past have all observed.
Southernlord Recordings chose not to release these songs in their
original format as part of the “Nailed” cd. Since
the lyrics didn’t fit the Southernlord image, it was requested
they not be included and suggested that “Nailed” be
released as a 6-song EP. This was unacceptable to me and so we
went back to the studio to record “Dead”, “Love
She Gave”, and The Animals cover “Don’t Let
Me Be Misunderstood” to take their place.
After the eventual release of “Nailed”, I heard several
criticisms that being right around 40 minutes in length, it was
too short for a CD. Its original running time would’ve been
closer to 45 or 50 minutes had the track listing not been changed.
But in hindsight, I’m glad things happened the way they
did. Southernlord took a chance on us when most other labels wouldn’t
touch it. I will always appreciate that.
Back then; there was plenty of doubt and controversy surrounding
the “image” of Place of Skulls. Many people were completely
put off by what they were classifying a “Christian rock
band” before they even heard us. This was all based on hearsay
and rumuors. Although I don’t deny my spiritual beliefs,
I never considered nor desired that Place of Skulls be marketed
as a Christian rock band. I naively expected that the followers
of this genre would be opened minded enough to accept us as a
heavy band with some spiritually minded lyrics. I must say that
I was caught somewhat offguard by the backlash we experienced.
So my point being…with the intense and uncompromising lyrical
content of the 4 songs on this EP, it’s probably a good
thing they were not included on “Nailed”. If they
had been, it no doubt would’ve fueled the sentiments of
the naysayers even more.
As a result of the past several years of touring and recording,
I believe we have broken down some of those walls. Perhaps they
were a guard against what some may have thought would be an onslaught
of proselytizing by a dreaded “Christian rock band”.
Yes, there are definite beliefs expressed in some of the lyrics.
But not in the format of preaching or trying to persuade others
to believe as me. That’s just not my style.
So having said all that, I want to thank all of our fans who have
been there from the beginning…and also, to those of you
who at some point, realized that Place of Skulls was a band worth
checking out after all. I sincerely hope you all will enjoy this
I will finally say this about some of the lyrics you’ll
hear on “Love Through Blood”. They are about as up-front
and uncompromising in expression on certain spiritual issues as
you can get. I ask that this not put you off. These are simply
my thoughts and my feelings being worn on my sleeve. That is not
to assume or suggest that you are wrong in your own personal beliefs…only
that as humans with our own free wills, we have the intelligence
and right to choose. We should simply be able to do that and express
it if we desire without some kind of heavy shit coming down on
As for the recent break-up of the band…it pains me to have
gone in that direction and was not an easy decision. But considering
the on-going line-up changes and personal issues among band members,
for now it seems like the right decision. “Love Through
Blood” may or may not be the final release from Place of
Skulls. February 18th 2005 may or may not be the final live performance
for Place of Skulls. I choose to leave those doors open.
Regardless, thanks for the ride!