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SKELETONWITCH return with new album ‘Devouring Radiant Light’. Unveil first single “Fen of Shadows”. Out July 20 on Prosthetic Records.

Skeletonwitch have succeeded where many have failed: they have reformulated their sound mid-career with dizzyingly triumphant results. Since their inception over a decade ago, Skeletonwitch have been known for blending and bending metal subgenres. The members’ collective love of Judas Priest, classic-era Metallica and Immortal has always been worn on their sleeves and remains evident. However, it’s the band’s blacker leanings that have shifted to the forefront and altered the tenor of the through line on this latest offering.

Today Skeletonwitch unveil the lead single, “Fen of Shadows” from their first full-length album in five years. Devouring Radiant Light is out July 20th on Prosthetic Records. Guitarist Scott Hedrick describes “Fen of Shadows” as “Skeletonwitch 2.0… the song travels further down the rabbit hole with more elaborate arrangements, layers of wailing guitar, and strong dynamic shifts. It’s the most fully-formed example of what this band has become.” New vocalist Adam Clemans notes that the single lyrically “sets up the theme for the entire record. It’s of my belief that in times of turmoil and darkness, we as humans, learn the most about our true selves. If you look within, you will always find light, passion and dedication. To what exactly, is up to the individual. For us, it’s creating music together and as individuals.”

While black metal has always been a recognizable component of the Skeletonwitch DNA, Devouring Radiant Light sees the band crashing headlong into the subgenre like never before. And where Skeletonwitch previously ran its output through a Second Wave Black Metal filter, Devouring incorporates a strong atmospheric influence. Bergtatt-era Ulver and Cascadian black metal lineage are palpable. From ethereal intros to tremolo sky-ride leads, Devouring is draped with and adorned in the musical lexicon of black metal. But the expansion of influence does not stop there.


Nathan Garnette and Scott Hedrick are still co-captaining the dual-guitar stratospheric charge but they’ve dramatically expanded their palette. Celestial crunch that evokes post-metal pioneers, Isis? Check. Gothic doom passages à la Paradise Lost? Check. High-flying Åkerfeldt-ian solos slingshotting over mountains of undulating progressive rhythms? Check. The foundation for this sonic structure is the effortless bass work of Evan Linger who possesses some of the strongest 4-string chops of any player in heavy music. Providing requisite room for the guitar maelstrom, Linger shows up with dazzling yet tasteful runs in just the right places.

And then there’s vocalist Adam Clemans. Equal parts Tompa Lindberg fury and Jacob Bannon punk rage, Clemans’ creative intensity and sense of purpose fueled the band’s new musical trajectory which surfaced on The Apothic Gloom. His organic writing lends the band a newfound gravitas and his vocal performance is nothing short of epic.

Originally hailing from Ohio, Skeletonwitch were cheekily dubbed the Sons of Midwestern Darkness in their early days. That nom de guerre now applies in spirit only as the band’s members span the coasts. This separation forced the band to transcend geography, crafting and refining the material digitally from a distance. 

Devouring Radiant Light was recorded by Converge guitarist and engineering deity Kurt Ballou (High on Fire, Kvelertak, Chelsea Wolfe) at GodCity Studio in Salem, MA. The band’s rapport with Ballou provided the familiarity necessary to embrace uncharted creative territory. Melodeath genre architect Fredrik Nordström (Opeth, At the Gates) mixed the album at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden. The record was mastered by Brad Boatright of metallic hardcore greats From Ashes Rise at Audiosiege Engineering in Portland, OR.

Skeletonwitch are back on the road next month in support of Devouring Radiant Light. They join Pallbearer and Obituary this spring before heading to Europe. Highlights include NYC’s Gramercy Theatre, Metro in Chicago, Roskilde Festival and more. Fall dates with System of a Down and At The Drive-In have also been confirmed. Check below for a full list of dates.


Devouring Radiant Light

Prosthetic Records

July 20, 2018

Pre-order Here

1 – Fen of Shadows

2 – Where Paradise Fades

3 – Temple of the Sun

4 – Devouring Radiant Light

5 – The Luminous Sky

6 – The Vault

7 – Carnarium Eternal

8 – Sacred Soil

The album’s vinyl pressing will be limited to 3K copies with the following variants/numbers:

Blue Sparkle: 1K available at retail worldwide

Stone Effect: 200, Band only, available in Skeletonwitch’s merch store / tour

Translucent Orange w/ Edge Glow – 650 mail order only

Clear w/ Red Splatter: 650 mail order only

Black w/ Silver Sparkle – 200 made, EU only

Diamond White: 200 made, Cargo Distro Exclusive

½ Royal Blue, ½ White Swirl Split: 100 made, distro TBA


05/02: Atlanta, GA – Masquerade #

05/03: Greensboro, NC – The Blind Tiger #

05/04: Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts #

05/05: New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre #

05/06: Boston, MA – Sinclair #

05/08: Toronto, ON – Opera House #

05/09: Montreal, QC – Club Soda #

05/10: Rochester, NY – Main Street Armory #

05/11: Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom #

05/12: Detroit, MI – Majestic #

05/13: Chicago, IL – Metro #

05/15: Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s #

05/16: Omaha, NE – Waiting Room #

05/18: Denver, CO – Gothic  Theater #

05/19: Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall #

05/21: Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre #

05/22: Seattle, WA – El Corazon #

05/23: Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre #

05/25: San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge #

05/26: Pomona, CA – Glasshouse #

05/27: Phoenix, AZ – Club Red #

05/29: Austin, TX – Barracuda #

05/30: Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar & Grill #

05/31: Houston, TX – Scout Bar #

06/01: Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall #

06/02: Orlando, FL – The Haven Lounge #

06/03: Miami, FL – The Ground #

10/13: San Bernardino, CA – Glen Helen Amphitheater ^
10/16: Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena ^
10/17: San Diego, CA – Valley View Casino Center ^
10/19: Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena ^
# – w/ Obituary and Pallbearer
^ – w/ System of a Down and At The Drive-In


06/21: Linköping, Sweden – The Crypt

06/22: Oslo, Norway – TONS OF ROCK

06/23: Kiel, Germany – Kieler Schaubude

06/25: Weinheim, Germany – Cafe Zentraal

06/26: Zurich, Switzerland – Werk 21

06/28: Barcelona, Spain – Sala Upload

06/29: Zaragoza, Spain – Sala King Kong

06/30: Vitoria, Spain – Urban Rock Concept

07/2: Nantes, France – Ferreilleur

07/4: Hannover, Germany – Béi Chéz Heinz

07/6: Roskilde, Denmark – ROSKILDE FESTIVAL

07/7: Bucharest, Romania – METALHEAD MEETING

07/8: Cluj-Nopoca, Romania – Hard Club

07/10: Bratislava, Slovakia – Fuga

07/11: Graz, Austria – Club Q

07/12: Ballenstedt, Germany – BANG YOUR HEAD

07/13: Eindhoven, Netherlands – Dynamo

07/14: Anyksciai, Lithuania – DEVILSTONE OPEN AIR

07/17: Roeselare, Belgium – De Verlichte Geest

07/18: Oberhausen, Germany – Kulttempel

07/19: Osnabruck, Germany – Bastard Club

07/20: Bertingen, Germany – RUDE

07/21: Weil am Reihn, Germany – BADEN IN BLUT

07/22: Budapest, Hungary – Durer Kert

07/23: Tolmin, Slovenia – METAL DAYS

07/25: Brno, Czech Republic – Melodka

07/26: Munich, Germany – FREE & EASY

07/27: Wiesbaden, Germany – Schlachthof

07/28: Steenwijk, Netherlands – STONEHENGE FESTIVAL

07/29: Utrecht, Netherlands – De Helling

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