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WLM Reviews: Skeletonwitch – The Apothic Gloom

July 31, 2016

skeletonwitch - apothic gloomIt’s impressive when a band is able to transcend genres and express themselves in a number of different styles, especially when that happens all on one recording. Skeletonwitch’s EP, The Apothic Gloom on Prosthetic Records, does just that during the four new tracks.

Each song has its own identity and feel, sometimes laying out a variety of ideas all within the same framework. From straight out Thrash to Black Metal to elements of traditional, Doom, and Power Metal, Skeletonwitch shows why they continue to gain recognition and well deservedly are becoming a band from which I expect only the highest quality.

Granted four songs does not a career make, but these are a nice taste of what is to come later in the year – hopefully. The opening title track fires up the engine slowly with some doom like atmosphere. Once going, though, the band unleashes some wicked riffs with hints of Black Metal especially those played over new vocalist Adam Clemans. More Thrashy in nature, Well of Despair bursts out full speed ahead. Either get out of the way or jump aboard and hang on for the ride. Riffs abound making this track the best of the quartet. The grooviness of the beginning of Black Waters gives way to a blackened wall of sound along with hints of thrash then later morphing into a Traditional Metal jam complete with an extended solo. Closing out this all too short experience is Red Death, White Light, the most BM of the bunch, but with enough pieces and parts of other styles to make it Skeletonwitch’s own.

Here’s Well of Despair:

All in all, a nice reminder of what this Southeast Ohio band is capable of producing. Each song deserves some heavy rotation time, so get on it! Can’t wait to hear more Skeletonwitch product in the near future, but for now, I recommend grabbing The Apothic Gloom.

I hear the sound in a Metal way.

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