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      May 9, 2019

      Thursday   8:00 PM

      701 Haywood Road
      Asheville, North Carolina 28806


      with Soft Kill, Wiegedood, portrayal of guilt
      With 2018s Devouring Radiant Light (DRL), Skeletonwitch have succeeded wheremany bands have failed: they have reformulated their sound mid-career withdizzyingly triumphant results. Since the bands inception, they have been known forblending and bending metal subgenres. Their collective love of Judas Priest,classic-era Metallica and Immortal has always been worn on their sleeves. However,its the bands blacker leanings that have shifted to the forefront and altered thetenor of the through line on this latest offering.Grasping the blackened thread of White Light that first appeared on their 2016 EP,The Apothic Gloom (the bands first recording with vocalist Adam Clemans),Skeletonwitch has emerged with the eight-song, searing, soaring, burning statementof purpose. DRL demonstrates a band coalescing both compositionally andconceptually. Three of the eight tracks on DRL hover near the seven minute markand a fourth nearly reaches nine minutes. DRL is a band cultivating new ambition.While black metal has always been a recognizable component of the Skeletonwitchsound, DRL sees the band leaning all the way in with epic results. WhereSkeletonwitch previously ran its output through a Second Wave Black Metal filter,DRL incorporates a strong atmospheric influence. Bergtatt-era Ulver and Cascadianblack metal influences are on full display. From ethereal intros to tremolo sky-rideleads, DRL is draped with and adorned in black metals lexicon. But the expansion ofinfluence does not stop there.Nathan Garnette and Scott Hedrick are still co-captaining the dual-guitarstratospheric charge but theyve dramatically expanded their palette. Celestialcrunch that evokes post-metal pioneers, Isis? Check. Gothic doom passages laParadise Lost? Check. High-flying kerfeldt-ian solos slingshotting over mountains ofundulating progressive rhythms? Check. The foundation for this sonic structure is theeffortless bass work of Evan Linger who possesses some of the strongest 4-stringchops of any player in heavy music. Providing requisite room for the guitarmaelstrom, Linger arrives with dazzling yet tasteful runs in just the right places.And then theres vocalist Adam Clemans. Equal parts Tompa Lindberg fury and JacobBannon punk rage, Clemans creative intensity and sense of purpose fueled thebands new musical trajectory. His organic writing lends the band gravitas and hisvocal performance is nothing short of heroic.Like the previous full-length, this album, the bands first full-length in five years, wasrecorded by Converge guitarist and engineering deity Kurt Ballou (High on Fire,Kvelertak, Chelsea Wolfe) at GodCity Studio in Salem, Massachusetts. The bandsrapport with Ballou provided the familiarity necessary to embrace uncharted creativeterritory. Melodeath genre architect Fredrik Nordstrm (Opeth, At the Gates) mixedthe album at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden. The record was mastered byBrad Boatright of metallic hardcore greats From Ashes Rise at Audiosiege Engineeringin Portland, Oregon.SKELETONWITCH IN THE PRESSSky-wide streaks of atmospheric black metal, neon electric leads, and folds ofcompositional derring-do counter their primeval wallop, its blunt force whittled intosvelter forms.- PitchforkSkeletonwitch is having its Master of Puppets and At the Heart of Winter momentssimultaneously, and it is, if the band will forgive the superlative, absolutelymotherfucking divine[.]- Decibel Magazine[A]ny grief over the band that was has been swallowed up by a triumphant hellfire.- The OnionIf your dedication to heavy music ever begins to waver, clear 45 minutes from yourschedule to let this album restore your conviction.- Metal SucksThis is a bold, new journey for the band.- Metal Injection[Devouring Radiant Light] works well, and there are moments that absolutely shinewith brilliance.- Exclaim!A flood of raw power, Devouring Radiant Light rivals anything that Skeletonwitch hasever done.- New Noise Magazine[O]ne of the boldest and most successful trajectory shifts a metal band has executed inyears.- Angry Metal Guy[DRL] is a high mark for USBM, the band themselves, and certainly one of the topalbums of 2018 every fan should own.- Ghostcult Magazine

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