Skull Worship

  • Record Label: Cargo
  • Release Date: Nov 26, 2013
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Mojo
    Jan 23, 2014
    80
    The Worlocks remain a superior alloy of Velvets cool and narcotic Spaceman 3/MBV tropes. [Feb 2014, p.98]
  2. Nov 26, 2013
    80
    Ultimately, the Warlocks only do one thing, but they've learned to do it quite well (or rather Hecksher does it quite well and knows where to get the assistance he needs), and 2013's Skull Worship confirms his obsessions have not changed one bit with time.
  3. Nov 26, 2013
    75
    It’s the sound of the Warlocks finally burning out on the most inward-looking album of the band’s career.
  4. Uncut
    Dec 6, 2013
    70
    The Warlocks return with an album that intensifies their drifts into darker and experimental territory while also tipping a nod to some of their US inspirations. [Jan 2014, p.79]
  5. Nov 26, 2013
    70
    Although not quite being the pièce de résistance Bobby Hecksher and co. were hoping for, Skull Worship is a welcome return and when all's said and done, the musical landscape would be a much duller place without them.
  6. Q Magazine
    Jan 7, 2014
    60
    Though still intermittently thrilling, even they must be beginning to feel like it's time for a change. [Jan 2014, p.127]
  7. 60
    In between, it’s a wade through thick sonic sludge, but the oncoming doom of ‘Endless Drops’ is bleakly tuneful and ‘He Looks Good In Space’ is soothing.
  8. Nov 26, 2013
    60
    Some of the half-crazed momentum is missed, particularly during the meandering tracks that end the LP. But mostly the Warlocks thrive in this environment of release-free tension, letting Skull Worship seethe rather than rage, and it’s no less effective for the restraint.
  9. May 1, 2014
    40
    A six-minute Hendrix jam finishes off this cranial service in a puddle of drone.

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