Skeletonwitch announce new record Devouring Radiant Light, stream lead single “Fen Of Shadows”

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Official press release:

Skeletonwitch have succeeded where many have failed: they have reformulated their sound mid-career with dizzyingly triumphant results. Since their inception over a decade ago, Skeletonwitch have been known for blending and bending metal subgenres. The members’ collective love of Judas Priest, classic-era Metallica and Immortal has always been worn on their sleeves and remains evident. However, it’s the band’s blacker leanings that have shifted to the forefront and altered the tenor of the through line on this latest offering.

Today Skeletonwitch unveil the lead single, “Fen Of Shadows” from their first full-length album in five years. Devouring Radiant Light is out July 20th on Prosthetic Records. Guitarist Scott Hedrick describes “Fen Of Shadows” as:

Skeletonwitch 2.0… the song travels further down the rabbit hole with more elaborate arrangements, layers of wailing guitar, and strong dynamic shifts. It’s the most fully-formed example of what this band has become.”

New vocalist Adam Clemans notes that the single lyrically:

“sets up the theme for the entire record. It’s of my belief that in times of turmoil and darkness, we as humans, learn the most about our true selves. If you look within, you will always find light, passion and dedication. To what exactly, is up to the individual. For us, it’s creating music together and as individuals.”

While black metal has always been a recognizable component of the Skeletonwitch DNA, Devouring Radiant Light sees the band crashing headlong into the subgenre like never before. And where Skeletonwitch previously ran its output through a Second Wave Black Metal filter, Devouring incorporates a strong atmospheric influence. Bergtatt-era Ulver and Cascadian black metal lineage are palpable. From ethereal intros to tremolo sky-ride leads, Devouring is draped with and adorned in the musical lexicon of black metal. But the expansion of influence does not stop there.

Devouring Radiant Light was recorded by Converge guitarist and engineering deity Kurt Ballou (High On Fire, Kvelertak, Chelsea Wolfe) at GodCity Studio in Salem, MA. The band’s rapport with Ballou provided the familiarity necessary to embrace uncharted creative territory. Melodeath genre architect Fredrik Nordström (Opeth, At The Gates) mixed the album at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden. The record was mastered by Brad Boatright of metallic hardcore greats From Ashes Rise at Audiosiege Engineering in Portland, OR. Pre-order it now here.

Devouring Radiant Light track listing:

1. “Fen of Shadows”
2. “Where Paradise Fades”
3. “Temple of the Sun”
4. “Devouring Radiant Light”
5. “The Luminous Sky”
6. “The Vault”
7. “Carnarium Eternal”
8. “Sacred Soil”

Skeletonwitch are back on the road next month in support of Devouring Radiant Light. They join Pallbearer and Obituary this spring before heading to Europe. Highlights include NYC’s Gramercy Theatre, Metro in Chicago, Roskilde Festival and more. Fall dates with System Of A Down and At The Drive-In have also been confirmed. Check below for a full list of dates.

5/02 – Atlanta, GA | Masquerade #
5/03 – Greensboro, NC | The Blind Tiger #
5/04 – Philadelphia, PA | Theatre of Living Arts #
5/05 – New York, NY | Gramercy Theatre #
5/06 – Boston, MA | Sinclair #
5/08 – Toronto, ON | Opera House #
5/09 – Montreal, QC | Club Soda #
5/10 – Rochester, NY | Main Street Armory #
5/11 – Cleveland, OH | Agora Ballroom #
5/12 – Detroit, MI | Majestic #
5/13 – Chicago, IL | Metro #
5/15 – Des Moines, IA | Wooly’s #
5/16 – Omaha, NE | Waiting Room #
5/18 – Denver, CO | Gothic Theater #
5/19 – Salt Lake City, UT | Metro Music Hall #
5/21 – Portland, OR | Hawthorne Theatre #
5/22 – Seattle, WA | El Corazon #
5/23 – Vancouver, BC | Rickshaw Theatre #
5/25 – San Francisco, CA | DNA Lounge #
5/26 – Pomona, CA | Glasshouse #
5/27 – Phoenix, AZ | Club Red #
5/29 – Austin, TX | Barracuda #
5/30 – Dallas, TX | Gas Monkey Bar & Grill #
5/31 – Houston, TX | Scout Bar #
6/01 – Pensacola, FL | Vinyl Music Hall #
6/02 – Orlando, FL | The Haven Lounge #
6/03 – Miami, FL | The Ground #
6/21 – Linköping, SE | The Crypt
6/22 – Oslo, NO | TONS OF ROCK
6/23 – Kiel, DE | Kieler Schaubude
6/25 – Weinheim, DE | Cafe Zentraal
6/26 – Zurich, CH | Werk 21
6/28 – Barcelona, ES | Sala Upload
6/29 – Zaragoza, ES | Sala King Kong
6/30 – Vitoria, ES | Urban Rock Concept
7/02 – Nantes, FR | Ferreilleur
7/04 – Hannover, DE | Béi Chéz Heinz
7/06 – Roskilde, DK | ROSKILDE FESTIVAL
7/07 – Bucharest, RO | METALHEAD MEETING
7/08 – Cluj-Nopoca, RO | Hard Club
7/10 – Bratislava, SK | Fuga
7/11 – Graz, AT | Club Q
7/12 – Ballenstedt, DE | BANG YOUR HEAD
7/13 – Eindhoven, NL | Dynamo
7/14 – Anyksciai, LT | DEVILSTONE OPEN AIR
7/17 – Roeselare, BE | De Verlichte Geest
7/18 – Oberhausen, DE | Kulttempel
7/19 – Osnabruck, DE | Bastard Club
7/20 – Bertingen, DE | RUDE
7/21 – Weil am Reihn, DE | BADEN IN BLUT
7/22 – Budapest, HU | Durer Kert
7/23 – Tolmin, SI | METAL DAYS
7/25 – Brno, CZ | Melodka
7/26 – Munich, DE | FREE & EASY
7/27 – Wiesbaden, DE | Schlachthof
7/28 – Steenwijk, NL | STONEHENGE FESTIVAL
7/29 – Utrecht, NL | De Helling
10/13 – San Bernardino, CA | Glen Helen Amphitheater ^
10/16 – Phoenix, AZ | Talking Stick Resort Arena ^
10/17 – San Diego, CA | Valley View Casino Center ^
10/19 – Las Vegas, NV | T-Mobile Arena ^

# = w/ Obituary and Pallbearer
^ = w/ System Of A Down and At The Drive-In