When I embarked on this review one question stood out in my mind. Would this EP offer a true representation of the band Skeletonwitch? Musically, nothing has changed. The sound and execution are what you’ve come to expect from Skeletonwitch. To me they are a hybrid version of King Diamond on steroids. Crushing melodies fueled by a pace so relentless it’s hard not to be swept away. The riffs are as entertaining as the solos are engaging. I’ve always considered Skeletonwitch vocals as more of a dressing to their music than an enhancement of it. My point is Chance Garnette, as great as he was, didn’t make the band!
Skeletonwitch will survive. Sure, there will be naysayers who will refuse to embrace this rendition. The supposedly ‘diehard’ fans who, for some reason or another, can’t support this vocal change. I say fuck ‘em! Line-up changes are a necessary evil of this business. Skeletonwich is too good of a group to let a vocal sidestep derail a promising career.
The Apothic Gloom EP is a four track offering that represents the next chapter. It’s the debut of Skeletonwitch as they exist now. I like what I’m hearing. The song “Black Waters” is easily the highlight track. It’s been two weeks now and I still can’t get it out of my head.
Skeletonwitch isn’t going anywhere. If this is your first exposure to the group I urge you to get on board. The Apothic Gloom will undoubtedly be the start of something great. \m/
- Scott Hedrick – Guitars
- Nate “N8 Feet Under” Garnette – Guitars
- Adam Clemans – Vocals
- Evan Linger – Bass
- Dustin Boltjes – Drums