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Skeletonwitch, Ghoul, Black Anvil Slay Austin, TX

Red 7 held the concert in their outside stage, which due to the previous days storms, we were wondering if we would be rained out. As if the gods were fans of this tour, there was no raining on September 20. However, the rain did leave a muggy residue that was heated even further by packed crowd. Being on a Saturday certainly helped nudge area metal heads to get downtown, as did the lineup itself. Ghoul probably brought in the most fans, as evidenced by all the Municipal Waste and other crossover shirts and hats. Skeletonwitch shirts were also in abundance. Black Anvil was a nice complement to Ghoul and Skeletonwitch.

Locals, Sore put the night in motion. Their sludgy sounds added another distinct flavor to the three tour bands who possessed unique styles in their own rights. Fronted by ex-The Roller vocalist Mike Morowitz, Sore’s sound was akin to tearing away a sore from one’s flesh. It was abrasive and loud and divergent in tempo. Stomping doomy grooves saw bodies beginning to warm up. Faster grind seemed too caustic and it was too early in the evening to start a pit. But people took notice. More...

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Junius And Skeletonwitch Picked For Roadburn

After announcing the confirmation of Svartidaudi, Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved) and Wardruna’s Einar “Kvitrafn” Selvik continue to hand pick bands for the upcoming 2015 edition of the Roadburn Festival.

Still riding waves of acclaim for new EP “Days of The Fallen Sun,” Brooklyn's Junius is excited to announce it's participation in 2015's Roadburn Festival during the Houses of the Holistic event.

Bjørnson commented on the announcement: “One of the highlights of the preparatory curator phase was the moment when I realized we could invite Junius. I got their new EP and man, this band just keeps getting better. We toured with them in the U.S. back in 2011. I really dug their albums before the tour, but seeing them live the first night was immense! I got seriously (!) into them after between one and two seconds of the first song. That’s where I still am. If you don’t know this band, do yourself a favor and check them out. Heavy, groovy and dreamy music!”

Junius guitarist Michael Repasch-Nieves added, “Meeting and touring with Enslaved in 2011 was a highlight of our recent years on the road. We were so honored to be invited by Ivar to perform at this special 20th edition of Roadburn and are very excited to reunite with our brothers from the North!” More...

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Skeletonwitch Posts New Music Video

Skeletonwitch has released a new music video for “Unending, Everliving,” which can be seen below and comes from the band's 2013 album "Serpents Unleashed."

"Undending, Everliving" was put to film by Cleveland, Ohio’s Turnstyle Films, with whom the band also collaborated on the promo clips for “I Am Of Death (Hell Has Arrived)” and “Serpents Unleashed.”

Skeletonwitch guitarist Nate “N8 Feet Under” Garnette says, ”This video was a hell of a lot of fun to shoot and is saturated with fake blood — or is it? — as well as torture. My favorite part was getting to hose off a bloody-ass Chance (Garnette, vocals) with freezing cold water. I normally would have gotten beaten up for that, so it was a nice treat. Enjoy!” More...

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Skeletonwitch Announces Picture Disc Reissue

Skeletonwitch will release the first-ever picture disc pressing of “Breathing The Fire” on August 5th.

Featuring vibrant artwork completed by Andrei Bouzikov (Municipal Waste, Toxic Holocaust) and limited to only 500 copies worldwide, the LP can now be pre-ordered bundled with an exclusive t-shirt or long-sleeved shirt from the Prosthetic webshop here.

"Breathing The Fire," Skeletonwitch's second album for Prosthetic, and third overall, proved to be the necessary stepping stone to bring the five-piece Ohio-based heavy metal ritualists to the forefront of the scene.

The group’s first recording featuring bassist Evan Linger was produced by Jack Endino (Nirvana, High On Fire, 3 Inches of Blood) and also marked the band's first-ever foray onto Billboard’s Top 200.

Skeltonwitch is currently flying overseas for a three-week European tour, which will see the band perform with Suffocation and Havok and appear at select festivals. Full dates can be found below. Prior to departing for the trek, the band stopped by Turnstyle Films in Cleveland to record a new music video for “Unending, Everliving,” a song from most recent effort "Serpents Unleashed." Stay tuned for more information on the video. More...

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Ghoul To Tour With Skeletonwitch

Hide your children... and your dog. The masked miscreants in Ghoul are coming back to seize your soul and all your worldly possessions on another run of live assaults this Fall.

Slated to commence on September 5th in Chicago, the band will reduce seventeen municipalities to rubble and snicker at the aftermath. Ghoul will be supporting blackened thrash headliners Skeletonwitch and black metal tyrants Black Anvil.

Comments the band from its lair: "Ghoul is very excited to come back to your inbred, bullet-riddled country, and engage in the wholesale slaughter of some of your society's least desirable high school students; that is, if there are any still alive when we get there. To have the honor of doing so with the likes of Skeletonwitch and Black Anvil is really the death icing on the murder cake. Forward into carnage!" More...

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Amon Amarth Announces North American Tour

Amon Amarth will be re-conquering North America this Fall.

This time around, the band will be bringing fellow Swedes, Sabaton, along for the ride. Additionally, Skeletonwitch will once again be opening the show, except in New York where fans will be treated to the first ever exclusive North American performance by extreme metal group Vallenfyre.

In February of this year, fans in Los Angeles were treated to an exclusive appearance of the Viking ship stage set up. For this tour, New York fans will bear witness to the Viking ship spectacle at the Best Buy Theatre on October 18th.

Tickets will go on sale on May 30th. Amon Amarth comments: "Yes, we are coming back to North America, and this time we're doing Canada and the U.S. together with our friends in Sabaton and Skeletonwitch! We can also announce that we'll be bring the Viking ship to the show in New York City! So get ready North America, this time we'll take no prisoners!"

Amon Amarth's latest album, "Deceiver of the Gods," was released in June of 2013. The album debuted at #19 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, making it the band's highest-charting album to date. More...

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Suffocation Announces New Tour Dates

More than a year has passed since the release of Suffocation's "Pinnacle Of Bedlam." Now the New York extreme metal outfit has announced a return to Europe this summer.

After last years extended “Despise The World European Tour,” Suffocation will be playing several club shows, along with a handful of festivals.

Joining Suffocation for the upcoming road shenanigans will be Denver, CO-based thrashers Havok and Ohio metallers Skeletonwitch. Commented Suffocation on the tour:

“Suffocation will be tearing up Europe again this summer! Our powerhouse tour will have the relenting speed and thrash of Havok and brutal tones of the one and only Skeletonwitch. We hope you all come to the gigs and blow off some much needed aggressions and show how much you love speed, thrash and death metal!!!! Looking forward to seeing you all at the festivals and club shows this summer!” More...

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Skeletonwitch Announces Summer Shows

The heavy metal crusaders in Skeletonwitch will continue to support “Serpents Unleashed” on an upcoming European tour.

In addition to appearing alongside Suffocation and Havok, the band has announced appearances at several of the summers’ largest festivals including Summer Breeze, Brutal Assault, and Party.San. A full list of dates can be found below.

7/26 Munchen, DE – Free & Easy Fest
7/27 Wiesbaden, DE – Schlachthof *
7/28 Hannover, DE – Chez Heinz *
7/29 Essen, DE – Turock *
7/30 Paris, FR – Le Divan Du Monde *
8/1 Viveiro, ES – Resurrection Fest
8/3 Luynes, FR – Le Korigan *
8/4 Zurich,CH – Alte Kaserne *
8/5 Pinarella di Cervia, IT – Rock Planet *
8/6 Innsbruck, AT – p.m.k *.
8/7 Schlotheim, DE – Scholtheim Party.San Open Air
8/8 Jaromer, CZ – Brutal Assault
8/9 Chemnitz, DE – Rock Im Betonwerk
8/11 Manchester, UK – Sound Control #
8/12 Glasgow, UK – Ivory Blacks #
8/13 London, UK – Barfly #
8/14 Dinkelsbuhl, DE – Summer Breeze
8/16 Rasnov, Romania – Rockstadt Extreme
* w/ Suffocation & Havok
# w/ Havok More...

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Toxic Holocaust Cancels Tour Dates

Toxic Holocaust has issued the following announcement about canceling upcoming tour dates with Skeletonwitch:

"Unfortunately, due to a serious and prolonged ear infection suffered by Joel Grind of Toxic Holocaust, the Toxic Holocaust/Skeletonwitch Australian & New Zealand tour will not be happening in April 2014.

"Joel is unwell and recommended by his doctor not to fly till his condition is taken care of. We are truly sorry, but this is something that's out of hands.

"Toxic Holocaust will be rescheduling their tour for November with another U.S. band, whilst Skeletonwitch will now be doing their own headline tour sometime later when time permits in their busy schedule.

"Details about ticket refunds and tour dates coming soon."

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Skeletonwitch Announces Picture Disc Re-Issue

Skeletonwitch has announced a re-pressing of the 2011 Billboard-charting release “Forever Abomination” (reviewed here) on picture disc LP, scheduled for release on March 18th.

Limited to 500 copies, only 150 will be available via the Prosthetic North American webshop, while another handful will be available via Prosthetic’s European webshop. The remaining copies will be distributed via your local record store or online distribution shop. Pre-orders are available at this location.

Guitarist Scott Hedrick reveals further details while showing off the new discs in the video available below. The band's upcoming tour dates are also available after the jump. More...

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Skeletonwitch Releasing Limited Edition Vinyl

Skeletonwitch will release a hand-screened, 180-gram limited vinyl edition of "Serpents Unleashed," of which 100% of the proceeds will be donated to two animal shelters in the band's home state of Ohio -- The Athens County Humane Society and Columbus' Pets Without Parents. The following press release was issued about the special edition:

"The members of Ohio's most-loved heavy metal group have always been proud pet owners and are excited to raise awareness and support for two no-kill organizations in their region.

"Limited to a one-time-only pressing of 100 copies, the black LP includes a hand-screened, hand-numbered jacket with exclusive artwork and a hand-screened dust sleeve. It comes with a color poster and a sticker showcasing the album's original masterful artwork by John Baizley (Baroness, Kylesa, Kvelertak), as well as a download card.

"Mark your calendars, as the limited-edition LPs will go on sale on a first-come, first-serve basis exclusively via the band's website on Monday, January 20th at 1:00pm EST."

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Skeletonwitch Issues Year-End Message

Skeletonwitch dropped new album "Serpents Unleashed" earlier this year, and the band is currently gearing up to hit the ground running in 2014 with tour dates in the US, Europe, and Australia. Skeletonwitch issued the following brief year-end message to fans:

"Thanks for an amazing year guys and gals! We couldn't do any of it without all your continued support. 2014 is already looking like its going to be a wild rock'n'roll party. See you all soon! Upcoming tour dates at our website here."

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Skeletonwitch Announces Australian Shows

Ohio blackened metal masters Skeletonwitch are excited to reveal that in addition to their recently announced tour dates throughout Europe alongside Overkill, they will be also heading Down Under for the first time.

The band will come to Australia in April alongside thrashers Toxic Holocaust. Dates are listed below.

Skeletonwitch is currently on the road with The Black Dahlia Murder in support of new release, “Serpents Unleashed." Catch the band live:

11/20 Oklahoma City, OK – Conservatory &
11/21 Springfield, MO – Outland Ballroom &
11/22 St. Louis, MO – Firebird &
11/23 Iowa City, IA – Blue Moose &
11/24 Bloomington, IL – The Castle Theatre &
11/25 Joliet, IL – Mojoes of Joliet &
11/26 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection &
11/27 Flint, MI – The Machine Shop &
1/9/14 Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
1/11/14 Indianapolis,IN – Beale Street Live Indy
1/17/14 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues *
1/18/14 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red *
1/20/14 San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live *
1/21/14 Dallas, TX – House of Blues *
1/22/14 Houston, TX – House of Blues *
1/23/14 New Orleans, LA – Siberia
1/24/14 Atlanta, GA – Center Stage *
1/25/14 Tampa, FL – The Ritz *
1/26/14 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution *
1/27/14 Jacksonville, FL – Atticus Bar
1/28/14 Savannah, GA – The Jinx
1/29/14 Charlotte, NC – The FILLMORE *
1/30/14 Norfolk, VA – The NorVA *
1/31/14 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore*
2/01/14 Boston, MA – House of Blues *
2/03/14 Philadelphia, PA – TLA *
2/04/14 New York, NY – Irving Plaza *
2/07/14 Chicago, IL – House of Blues *
2/08/14 Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights *
2/09/14 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater *
2/11/14 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall *
2/12/14 Salt Lake City, UT – Murray Theatre *
2/14/14 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom*
2/15/14 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern *
2/16/14 San Diego, CA – House of Blues #
& with The Black Dahlia Murder, Fallujah, Wolvhammer
* with Amon Amarth & Enslaved
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Skeletonwitch Announces Tour With Overkill

Presently dismantling stages throughout North America alongside The Black Dahlia Murder, Midwestern blackened thrash marauders Skeletonwitch will head overseas this coming Spring to join legendary thrash militia, Overkill, on a tour through Western Europe.

The journey will commence shortly after the completion of an early 2014 U.S. run with Amon Amarth and Enslaved. Additional international tour dates will be announced in the weeks to come. In the meantime, a complete list of currently confirmed Skeletonwitch live assaults appears below.

w/ The Black Dahlia Murder, Fallujah, Noisem [remaining dates]
11/14/2013 Whiskey Dick's Saloon - South Lake Tahoe, CA
11/15/2013 Strummer's - Fresno, CA
11/16/2013 Glasshouse - Pomona, CA
11/17/2013 The Rock - Tucson, AZ
11/18/2013 Tricky Falls - El Paso, TX
11/19/2013 Club Patron - Odessa, TX More...

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Skeletonwitch Announces Meet And Greets

On the eve of the release of newest album, "Serpents Unleashed," blackened thrash metal troop Skeletonwitch has announced several meet & greets throughout Canada during the current live excursion with The Black Dahlia Murder.

Additionally, Skeletonwitch will make appearances at Rasputin in Fresno, California and Vintage Vinyl in St. Louis, Missouri. Stop by one of the following locations to hang out with the band:

10/31/2013 Legend Records - Ottawa, ON @ 5:00pm
11/02/2013 Rotate This - Toronto, ON @ 6:00pm
11/06/2013 War on Music - Winnipeg, MB @ 6:00pm
11/08/2013 Freecloud Records - Edmonton, AB @ 5:00 m
11/09/2013 Sloth Records - Calgary, AB @ 5:00pm
11/11/2013 Neptoon Records - Vancouver, BC @ 5:30pm
11/15/2013 Rasputin - Fresno, CA @ TBA
11/22/2013 Vintage Vinyl - St. Louis, MO @ TBA More...

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Skeletonwitch Posts Full New Album Online

Ohio's Skeletonwitch celebrates ten solid years of blackened thrash metal with latest full-length, "Serpents Unleashed." You can now unleash the serpents via a full album stream at Pitchfork.com here.

"Serpents Unleashed" was recorded earlier this year at GodCity Studio in Salem, Massachusetts with Kurt Ballou (Trap Them, High On Fire, Converge).

The album features artwork by John Baizley (Baroness, Kylesa, Kvelertak) and will be released in North America across all platforms (CD/MP3/LP/cassette) next Tuesday, October 29th via Prosthetic Records.

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Skeletonwitch Posts Behind The Scenes Footage

With the October 29th release of new album "Serpents Unleashed" just around the corner, blackened metal conjurers Skeletonwitch have unveiled the fourth in a series of behind-the-scenes studio videos.

In this edition, drummer Dustin Boltjes and guitarist Nate Garnette discuss some of their favorite songs from the album, including two tracks -- "Beneath Dead Leaves" and "This Evil Embrace" -- that, until now, have yet to be heard publicly. Check out the clip below, thanks to Metal Injection. More...

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Skeletonwitch Streaming Album's Title Track

"Serpents Unleashed," the title track of the forthcoming new full-length from blackened thrash metal miscreants Skeletonwitch is currently streaming in the player below, courtesy of Emusic.com.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Serpents Unleashed
2. Beneath Dead Leaves
3. I Am Of Death (Hell Has Arrived) [watch the video right here]
4. From a Cloudless Sky
5. Burned From Bone
6. Unending, Everliving
7. Blade On The Flesh, Blood On My Hands
8. This Evil Embrace
9. Unwept
10. Born of the Light That Does Not Shine
11. More Cruel Than Weak More...

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Skeletonwitch Banned From House Of Blues

Athens, Ohio-based blackened metal quintet Skeletonwitch has announced a hometown release party for new album, “Serpents Unleashed,” which will take place on the eve of the kickoff to an extensive North American fall tour with The Black Dahlia Murder.

Tickets for the event — which will take place at The Union (18 W. Union St., Athens) on October 23rd – are just $10.

The Black Dahlia tour will be quickly followed by another lap around America in early 2014, this time alongside Amon Amarth and Enslaved. Unfortunately for fans in Orlando — where the tour stops on Jan. 27 – Skeletonwitch will not be allowed to perform at the local House of Blues, as the group has joined the likes of Exodus, Machine Head, and others who have been deemed “unfit to be associated with” Disney, on whose property the venue is located.

Although Skeletonwitch might not be welcome at the Magic Kingdom, a California couple has asked the band to make their dreams come true. During the band’s live performance in Fresno on November 15, local fans Travis Bartlett and Lanae Forrest will get married on stage — making local venue Strummer’s their own happiest place on Earth.

Says groom-to-be Bartlett, “Lanae and I are taken aback and beyond elated that Skeletonwitch are willing to be a part of the most important day of our lives. There really aren’t words to show our appreciation for the band being with us as we begin our lives together.” More...

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Skeletonwitch Announces Meet And Greets

As Midwestern metal heathens Skeletonwitch prepare to hit the road with Ghost B.C. and The Black Dahlia Murder next week, the band is excited to announce a special contest for fans: supporters in three markets along the tour trail will have a chance to hang out with the band at a local record store while listening to new album "Serpents Unleashed."

Additionally, anyone who purchases or preorders the album during these events will receive a scratch-off ticket, one of which per location will reveal a snake and entitle the holder to win a $100 shopping spree on the spot. Specific dates, times and locations are listed below:

10/05/2013 6:00pm @ Exclusive Co. - Greenfield, WI
11/15/2013 6:00pm @ Rasputin - Fresno, CA
11/22/2013 6:00pm @ Vintage Vinyl - St. Louis, MO

Next week Skeletonwitch will initiate the massive "Serpents Unleashed" touring cycle by playing a handful of shows with Swedish occult rockers Ghost B.C., after which the band will embark on a full North American takeover with The Black Dahlia Murder. 2014 will then kick off with a stateside journey alongside Amon Amarth and Enslaved. Dates are available after the jump. More...

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