Skeletonwitch – Devouring Radiant Light

Rating: 4.5/5
Distributor/label [URL] Prosthetic Records
Released: 2018
Buy Album [URL] https://skeletonwitch.bandcamp.com/
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/skeletonwitch

Band line-up:

Adam Clemans – Vocals
Nate Garnette – Guitars
Scott Hedrick – Guitars
Evan Linger – Bass
Dustin Boltjes – Drums

Tracklisting:

1. Fen of Shadows
2. When Paradise Fades
3. Temple of the Sun
4. Devouring Radiant Light
5. The Luminous Sky
6. The Vault
7. Carnarium Eternal
8. Sacred Soil

Review

Over the last decade, there’s been a trend of bands from the Death and Melodic Death Metal world utilising a lot of Black Metal characteristics and fusing them together to make some of the finest, most catchy Metal imaginable.

One band who’ve led the way in said movement is Skeletonwitch from Athens, Ohio. It’s with their NWOBHM and Speed Metal style gallops and Black Metal screams they stood out from the rest, and they definitely haven’t mellowed with their sixth studio album: Devouring Radiant Light.

This is the first full-length release to feature vocalist, Adam Clemans. His voice screeches over the well-mixed riffs and creates an atmosphere that makes this album stand out as the blackest release from Skeletonwitch.

With the use of some acoustic and almost progressive twangs in track openings, it does appear these boys want to take us into the darkest, most gloomy depths of their musicianship. They know their fanbase stretches across multiple metal borders and I think this album was made to appeal to the hard Black Metal lovers who swell up their gigs.

Traditional Skeletonwitch clichés like a wonderful guitar solo on ‘Temple of the Sun’ is still present, so they haven’t forgotten the guys who were there right from the start either.

In summary, it’s a golden nugget of Blackened Thrash Metal hewn from the depths of debauchery and chaos that only American Metal has to offer. Excellent job, boys.

Review by Demitri Levantis

 

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