Skeletonwitch, Forever Abomination

Phil Freeman

By Phil Freeman

on 12.21.11 in Reviews
Thrash with black-metal-ish vocals and extra bits of melody

These Ohio headbangers synthesize a variety of sub-styles into a blend that’s uniquely their own: They play thrash with black-metal-ish vocals (Chance Garnette frequently recalls Arch Enemy’s Angela Gossow — and that’s a good thing), basically, but with extra bits of melody wedged in here and there. And while they’ve never changed their style radically over the course of three albums, they have refined it, and on the 11-track, 32-minute Forever Abomination, it’s honed to a razor’s edge. Not a moment is wasted; even the ’80s-Metallica-style clean guitar intro is just short enough to set the mood, without incurring listener impatience.