SKELETONWITCH - Forever Abomination CD
Genre: Blackened Thrash
SKELETONWITCH are simply a great band who keep the tradition of US extreme metal alive and well. For a little while magazine and website scribes had lumped them into the Thrash Revival corral even though the band preceded that fad by a few years. Their debut full length, At One with the Shadows, came out in 2004. Also the band has various influences within their music other than straight forward Thrash. 2009's Breathing the Fire removed all doubts, or at least should have, that there was more here than meets the limitations of media scribes looking for a simple way out. Now with Forever Abomination, their fourth full length, this Ohio five piece have basically solidified their standing as a band that cannot be contained within the brackets of simple genre terminology. Although for the sake of argument I call em blackened thrash and prepared a spot for em in this year's best of listings. SKELETONWITCH combine melodic blackened death, classic NWOBHM influences, black metal raspy vocals and of course thrash speed to create a sound that comes as close as you can get to being called 'original sounding'. If you listen to songs like "Erased and Forgotten" and "The Infernal Resurrection" you hear this amazing influence quality melded to perfection. Those are just two examples out of an eleven song album which lasts a little over half an hour in length. Aside from the previously mentioned song examples Forever Abomination is just a great release from it's surprising yet eerie acoustic guitar opening on "This Horrifying Force (The Desire to Kill)" which then explodes forth into a blackened hatefuck of sound and fury till the closer "My Skin of Deceit".