Skeletonwitch Beyond The Permafros Product Type Compact Disc Heavy

Track Title. 1 Upon Wings Of Black. 2 Beyond The Permafrost. 3 Baptized In Flames. 4 Sacrifice For The Slaughterglod. 5 Vengeance Will Be Mine. 6 Limb From Limb. 7 Cast Into The Open Sea. 8 Fire From The Sky. 9 Soul Thrashing Blast Sorcery. 10 Remains Of The Dejected. 11 Feast Upon Flesh. 12 Within My Blood. The classic heavy metal revival of the mid-’00s seems to break down into two major categories: bands devoted to replicating one specific genre in minute, authentic detail — be that ’80s thrash, the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, or ’70s doom — and bands attempting to blend all of these, and other worthy subgenres, into a new-fangled gumbo all their own. Such is the goal of Athens, OH’s Skeletonwitch, whose fabulously named sophomore full-length, Beyond the Permafrost, starts off with a steaming helping of vintage thrash sounds, then garnishes them with smaller but still clearly defined ingredients of black, death, and vintage heavy metal — plus the aforementioned NWOBHM Beyond the Permafrost’s unapologetically metal cover art alone is sure to earn the scorn of musical hipsters everywhere, but the sheer ferocity and white-knuckled velocity of swords-and-sorcery thrash anthems like “Upon Wings of Black,” “Sacrifice for the Slaughtergod,” and “Fire from the Sky” will have those who stick around crying out for Mommy! If not that, then the fearsome vocals of Chance Garnette should do the trick, as he alternates between guttural death growls and higher-pitched black metal screeches, both performed with equal measures of wild-eyed excitement. Make no mistake, however, it’s really twin guitar terrors Nate Garnette and Scott Hedrick who captain Skeletonwitch’s Man o’ War, both dominating and defining the band’s high-energy assault with positively carnivorous riffs, tightly intertwined with frenzied lead licks.

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