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SKELETONWITCH unveil new single “When Paradise Fades”. ‘Devouring Radiant Light’ out July 20 on Prosthetic

Skeletonwitch hit us with the second track “When Paradise Fades” from their forthcoming album, Devouring Radiant Light out July 20th on Prosthetic Records. The band’s guitarist Nate Garnette calls it “a supercharged nano-epic that takes you from greasy rock n roll, to off-the-rails blackened destruction and beyond.” He further explains, “I tried to keep the intensity and grit front-and-center while making it a journey instead of a two-minute banger.” The track debuted over at Kerrang! who describe “the band edges deeper into black metal territory than ever before, with blastbeats, guitar tremolo, and atmospheric intros aplenty.”


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. But the expansion of influence does not stop there.

They’ve 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.

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.

Just after a long spring North American run with Obituary and Pallbearer, Skeletonwitch ready a European tour in support of Devouring Radiant Light this month. U.S. fall dates with System of a Down and At The Drive-In have been confirmed. Check below for a full list and stay tuned for more.


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/ 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

06/24: 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

07/9: Budapest, Hungary

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

07/23: 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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