8 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Since they hit the scene in 2003, Athens, Ohio's Skeletonwitch have always been more than just a thrash band—whether they were snapping necks with their breakout 2007 album, Beyond the Permafrost, or branching out on 2013’s melodic Serpents Unleashed. Their sixth LP (and first without vocalist Adam Clemans after he joined the band), Devouring Radiant Light showcases a seasoned, adventurous version of Skeletonwitch—one that’s more interested in exploring gloomy, dark corners than crushing beer cans and kicking up circle pits. The record still shreds while embracing genre agnosticism: On songs like the magisterial title track or the icy closer, “Sacred Seal,” shards of gothic doom, death metal, and proggy bombast jab at the band's more familiar thrash template.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Since they hit the scene in 2003, Athens, Ohio's Skeletonwitch have always been more than just a thrash band—whether they were snapping necks with their breakout 2007 album, Beyond the Permafrost, or branching out on 2013’s melodic Serpents Unleashed. Their sixth LP (and first without vocalist Adam Clemans after he joined the band), Devouring Radiant Light showcases a seasoned, adventurous version of Skeletonwitch—one that’s more interested in exploring gloomy, dark corners than crushing beer cans and kicking up circle pits. The record still shreds while embracing genre agnosticism: On songs like the magisterial title track or the icy closer, “Sacred Seal,” shards of gothic doom, death metal, and proggy bombast jab at the band's more familiar thrash template.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

gmak0817 ,

New direction

I like the new direction the band has taken. It’s a good feel. Still heavy and dark even though it chugs along in areas. Full sound. Wall of music.

SPIKE.... ,

Great

This album is colder, with a black metal sound, but it is also more melodic, and the arrangements are more complex overall. Great album.

Why so late boy ,

Give it a go...

Have never listened to Skeletonwitch before this track was released and therefore aren’t able to compare past and present. But whatever it is, I’m loving Fen Of Shadows so much I’ll pre-order the album.

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