Skeletonwitch is back, baby! They recently announced the recruitment of new vocalist Adamn Clemans (formerly of Wolvhammer and Veil of Maya), and from the sounds of things, these sons of Midwestern darkness have found the perfect new foil in Clemans' versatile pipes.
The band has just posted a new song, "Well of Despair," and it finds Skeletonwitch leaning heavy on the black side of their black/thrash formula (I suppose that's what happens when you ask a black metal dude to join the band). "Well of Despair" is primarily a cold blast of icy, melodic black metal fury; those beloved thrash and melodic death metal influences are still there, of course, and there's plenty of shredding.
It definitely bodes well for their upcoming new EP, too. I've always thought that Skeletonwitch never got quite enough credit from underground circles, and while their profile will undoubtedly continue to elevate them beyond the basements and dive bars where they first cut their teeth, they've carried on churning out quality melodic black/thrash for a hell of a long time, and are showing no signs of stopping.
Take a listen to "Well of Despair" below.
Catch Skeletonwitch on tour later this month with Abbath, High on Fire, and Tribulation.
3/16 Morgantown, WV - 123 Pleasant St
3/17 Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage #
3/18 Charlotte, NC - Amos’ Southend #
3/19 Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade #
3/20 Ybor City, FL - The Ritz Ybor #
3/22 Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey Live #
3/23 Austin, TX - Emo’s #
3/25 Scottsdale, AZ - Live Wire #
3/26 San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park #
3/27 Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory #
3/28 Los Angeles, CA - The Regent Theater DTLA #
3/29 San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom #
3/30 Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre #
4/1 Seattle, WA - El Corazon #
4/2 Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom #
4/5 Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre #
4/6 Lawrence, KS - Granada Theater #
4/7 Minneapolis, MN - Mill City Nights #
4/8 Chicago, IL - Metro #
4/9 Cleveland, OH - Agora Ballroom #
4/10 Toronto, ON - The Opera House #
4/12 New York, NY - Webster Hall #
4/14 Boston, MA - Royale #
4/15 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer #
4/29 Indianapolis, IN - 5th Quarter Lounge (w/ Eyehategod)
# with Abbath, High on Fire, Tribulation