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Label: Relapse Records
Bio: BLACK ANVIL formed in 2007 and are currently writing for their second-full length album. Relapse will first issue the band’s debut LP, Time Insults The Mind, this fall as they continue writing. Audio samples taken from Time Insults The Mind can be heard now via the band’s MySpace page: MySpace.co... See Full BioMore Info
SKELETONWITCH with Ghoul, Black Anvil, Gatecreeper In 2003, when American teenagers were raiding the makeup sections of their local Halloween shops to paint up like their favorite black metal bands there was Skeletonwitch.In 2005, when every burnout who sold enough weed bought an Orange amp and tuned their guitar down to C there was Skeletonwitch.In 2007, when kids with pricey haircuts and freshly inked full-sleeves learned two At The Gates riffs and simplified them with breakdowns there was Skeletonwitch.In 2010, when sweep-picking Guitar Center employees decided to eschew songwriting and showcase their chops in soulless robotic fashion there was Skeletonwitch.Today, in a landscape that finds them surrounded by a) bands begging their own fans for money, b) vest-wearing, by-the-numbers retro rock nostalgia and c) heavy labels blindly signing bands based on breast implants there, still, is Skeletonwitch, a band that has successfully carved its own left-hand path with an unwavering quality of metal and old-fashioned hard work. This organic approach has garnered legions of fans and an undeniable level of respect in the worldwide metal community from both sides of the stage.As SKELETONWITCH celebrate its 10th anniversary this year, its fitting to reflect on some notable numbers from the bands first decade of destruction:4: Number of full-length releases (with #5 due on Oct. 29)2: Number of those full-lengths to crack the Billboard Top 2001 each: Number of times theyve appeared on the covers of Decibel and Terrorizer magazines7: European tours including performances at the metals largest and most respected festivals such as Wacken, Summer Breeze, Graspop, Tuska, Bloodstock and more500,000+: Number of miles the band has traveled across North America0: Number of those miles driven by someone other than guitarist Nate GarnetteCountless: cans of beer consumed, high fives given and good times hadSince signing with Prosthetic seven years ago, a new SKELETONWITCH album has materialized like clockwork every other October. First, there was the groups sophomore breakthrough, Beyond The Permafrost. Produced by late GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot and featuring iconic artwork by John Baizley (Baroness, Kylesa, Kvelertak), the album and subsequent tours with the likes of Danzig, Dimmu Borgir and Amon Amarth told the world what the rest of Ohio already knew: that SKELETONWITCH was a metal force to be reckoned with. That albums Soul Thrashing Black Sorcery would eventually be featured in the video game Brutal Legend, placing the band in excellent company with digitized versions of Rob Halford, Ozzy and Lemmy.Then came 2009s Breathing The Fire, produced by the legendary Jack Endino (Nirvana, High On Fire, 3 Inches of Blood). Supported by tours with Cannibal Corpse, Children of Bodom and Ozzfest, the album the bands first featuring bassist Evan Linger, and also their first to crack the Billboard Top 200 caught the attention of Cartoon Networks Adult Swim, who invited the group to film a zombie-themed video for the song Bringers of Death that the band members still havent stopped hearing about.In 2011, Forever Abomination produced by Grammy-winner Matt Hyde (Slayer, Deftones) saw the arrival of drummer Dustin Boltjes (ex-Demiricous), as well as a return visit to the Billboard Top 200. On the road, the group toured alongside Arch Enemy, Kvelertak, The Black Dahlia Murder and Nile before embarking on their most ambitious trek to date: a 63-shows-in-65-days test of endurance that they passed with flying colors.2013 brings us to Serpents Unleashed, the groups fifth and latest release. Recorded with Kurt Ballou (Converge, High On Fire, Isis) in Salem, Mass. (insert bad witch joke here), the album which features artwork by Baizley, who returns to the fold for the first time in six years is another blistering helping of two-and-a-half minute blasts of blackened metal amalgamation. This time around, the band also shows off a few new tricks note the Scandinavian doom-vibe in the opening of Unending, Everliving and the devils swing of This Evil Embrace but does so without compromising the frosty/fiery/abominable metal spirit or blue-collar humility that has endeared them to so many over the past decade. Ultimately, its both a fitting testament to what theyve accomplished to date, and an exciting nod toward what the future has in store.As for that future, in 2020, when pedal-steel rasta-metal will be all the rage, there will be SKELETONWITCH, still doing what they and, most importantly, their fans love, trends be damned.
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