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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