White Skull - _Public Glory, Secret Agony_
(Nuclear Blast, 2000)
by: Aaron McKay (
Beat drum, beat drum, beat drum -- guitar solo -- deplorable vocals and even worse lyrics. In CoC issue #44, I gave White Skull a 3 out of 10 for their _Tales From the North_ release. While at the time that was probably appropriate, this _Public Glory, Secret Agony_ effort is the most massive steaming pile of skunk shit I have ever had the misfortune of hearing a "power metal" outfit barf out. I was hoping after _Tales From the North_ White Skull would improve. Let's face it, there wasn't much of a direction to go other than -up-. WS sure found the only other way to go, no questions about that. They sound like guitarists Erik Turner and Joey Allen (Warrent) with Firehouse vocalist C.J. Snare trying to emulate Manowar by laying down a cover of "Phantasmagoria" by Annihilator. As a positive note, WS's -one- point comes from the fifth track, "In Caesar We Trust". I managed to get past the atrocious vocals to some tunes that weren't a complete and total waste of my time. Not a great song, and the chorus screws the track up a significant amount, but it is the brass ring on this cavalcade of shit album. If you value your hearing, stay clear of _Public Glory, Secret Agony_ and White Skull in general. Detestable!
(article published 11/20/2000)
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