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Skeletonwitch Casts A Spell Under The Dome In London

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It's been something of tumultuous tour for Skeletonwitch and friends this past few weeks. Being joined on the road by German duo Mantar and their compatriots Deathrite, as well as Belgian thrashers Evil Invaders, the tour has hit a few snags including visa issues at the Norwegian border and Mantar vocalist Hanno Klänhardt coming down with a serious illness, forcing the two piece to pull out of the British shows (though I was able to film an interview with drummer Erinç Sakarya, which you can watch here.) Evil Invaders were also unable to join the other bands in the UK, disappointing some fans. However, Skeletonwitch aren't a band to let the odds defeat them and there was no way they were going to let down their fans in the English capital.

Opening the show was Deathrite, from the German city of Dresden. Combining a string of styles including grindcore, thrash and death metal, Deathrite come across as a much faster Obituary, which is no bad thing. Promoting their fourth full length album, "Nightmares Reign," which was released this year through Century Media Records, quintet put on a crushing display of Teutonic heaviness from start to finish. Those in attendance were very receptive to them too and seemed to really enjoy their set, with a few chants of "one more song" being heard at the end. All in all, Deathrite are well worth checking out, either live or on record.

And so with the surprise that there'd only be two bands on the bill tonight, it was time for Ohio's own, Skeletonwitch to take to the stage. Like I said in the introduction paragraph, there was no way in Hell that the band were going to disappoint their fans with their performance tonight and sure enough, the group put on an absolutely blistering set. Having released their first full length album with new vocalist Adam Clemans this year, it was interesting to see how the vocalist fits in the live setting and believe me, he absolutely nailed it.

Skeletonwitch performed in a manner which suggested they were ready to take on the whole world if they had to and given the passion and fury they played with on this night, they'd probably win if it came down to that. Clemans is a natural fit in the lineup and possesses a demonic fire which aides an already energetic band into becoming something even more ferocious. The older songs still sound as good as ever, while the new material fits snugly in with these tracks, delighting fans and creating a both a great atmosphere and frenzied audience. It's no lie to say that Skeletonwitch were on great form tonight and this was evidenced by the amount of new Skeletonwitch shirts I saw being worn the next day at the Headbanger's Ball concert. Don't count them out, Skeletonwitch are still unmissable!

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com since 2007 and a metal fan since 2001, going as far as to travel to other countries and continents for metal gigs.

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