Monday, new week, time to introduce "Record Of The Week"
"Devouring Radiant Light" is the latest and their sixth album release by the Ohio extreme metalheads SKELETONWITCH. With the latest effort, they have polished up the thrash of their past in favor of nuanced black metal with a new vocalist Adam Clemans (Clemans is known for his time in his black metal band, WOLVHAMMER) who took over Chance Garnette duties after he did falling out from the band.
The band currently consists of bassist Evan Linger, lead guitarist Nate Garnette, rhythm guitarist Scott Hedrick, and vocalist Adam Clemans. Jon Rice is currently filling in as drummer for tour purposes. And with some new blood in the band a new direction was set into new sonic boundaries.
"Devouring Radiant Light" is a bold and wicked step forward for the band, a very melodic and exciting record to listen to. The album fires off with the lead single "Fen Of Shadows", an eight minutes long masterpiece, right here you will hear the difference between the old and new and get a grasp on what's to follow. Good or bad, well that's up to the listner to judge, but I do like what I hear. Clemans vocals is amazingly good, harsh and angry which suits this supreme. The music, is heavy, fast and extremly well played. "Temple Of Sun", a real heavy piece, harsh vocals, thundering riffing and heavily melodic and black metal inspired instrumentals.
And the creeping intro that opens up "The Vault" really gives me the creep, it's also the longest tune on the album with heavy riffing. "Carnarium Eternal" is a speedy and powerful piece. The album closes really neatly with "Sacred Soil"
This is a very strong blackened album by SKELETONWITCH that I really recomend that you check out!
Devouring Radiant Light was released on Friday, July 13 on Prosthetic and their robust production (once again courtesy of CONVERGE guitarist and board masterman Kurt Ballou).
Today's tune "Fen Of Shadows" taken from "Devouring Radiant Light", enjoy!
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