SKULLS -- “Blacklight 13” LP

“Rock and roll played the only way” is the SKULLS’ claim to fame and this record almost backs it up. This New Jersey trio plays some pretty good ‘70’s style rock. At their best, they sound like old KISS with more rhythm, and at other times they come across sounding like the countless rock bands you hear on the radio. When the SKULLS combine a heavy guitar sound with catchy riffs and vocals, they kick ass (like on “Fireball”), but the mellower tracks just don’t seem inspired. If you like “ballsy” rock (or if you’re into all types of music), pick this up and skip over the more disappointing tracks. ($7 to Buy Our Records, P.D. Box 363, Vauxhall, NJ 07088) [TONY]

[Originally published: Issue #7, circa 1989]