SKELETONWITCH – Breathing the Fire CD
SKELETONWITCH bring so much to the table that it’s an insult to just tag them as another Thrash Revival band. Unfortunately back in 2007 with the release of their Beyond the Permafrost CD that’s what lackluster critics’ pigeon-holed em as. Chance Garnett’s vocal delivery alternates between harsh Black Metal screaming and Death Metal grumbling. Musically the band mixes NWOBHM, Black Metal, Death Metal and Thrash into this pummeling battle monster. So here we have their latest and SKELETONWITCH have obviously upped the ante by getting Jack Endino to twist the knobs. Endino’s technique, which goes back to when he was still producing records by 80s/90s Northwest Punk bands, is to go in and practically scrub each note with a toothbrush. The end result is a crisp and clean sounding recording that’s not pop crap. So Breathing the Fire is definitely a step up from their predecessor. The songs flow to a more memorable listening experience. Drop this in your stereo at a party and watch a pit start to form. The songs on here are catchy, volatile and mean. I’m listening to “Stand Fight and Die” now I wanna go next door and punch my asshole neighbor in the face for letting his dog crap in my front yard. It ain’t the dog’s fault. Now be that as it may I not saying Breathing the Fire is perfect from start to finish. I will say that their next release will be a force to reckon with since this Ohio band is on the path of breaking out big time.