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Athens OH, United States (2003 – present)

Skeletonwitch is a band that formed in 2003. The band formed in Athens, Ohio by Nate Garnette (Guitar), Scott Hedrick (Guitar),Chance Garnette (Vocals), Evan Linger (Bass), Derick Nau (Drums). In 2011, Derrick Nau left the band, replaced by Dustin Boltjes.

Skeletonwitch released their first album, At One with the Shadows, on August 11, 2004 with Shredded Records.

The band then released a quick fiery demo in 2004 and then released an EP Worship the Witch in 2005, both of which were self-released due to the failed Shredded Records. This lead to a lot of interest with fan and labels, with their new matured style.

After being signed to Prosthetic, Skeletonwitch released Beyond the Permafrost on October 2, 2007.
Skeletonwitch was featured as one of four opening acts for Danzig’s 2008 Blackest of the Black tour.

On October 13, 2009, Skeletonwitch released their third studio album, Breathing the Fire, which debuted at #151 on the Billboard 200 charts. Skeletonwitch’s song “Soul Thrashing Black Sorcery” was featured on the soundtrack of the video game Brütal Legend. The song “Crushed Beyond Dust” became featured on the Rock Band network on February 28, 2010. Skeletonwitch was featured on all of the dates of Ozzfest 2010.

Skeletonwitch was featured on an Adult Swim video for their song “Bringers of Death” in 2010. “Bringers of Death” also appears on the Adult Swim heavy metal compilation titled Metal Swim.

In March 2011, Skeletonwitch parted ways with drummer Derrick “Mullet Chad” Nau and temporarily replaced him with Tony Laureano. Skeletonwitch’s fourth studio album, Forever Abomination, was released on October 7, 2011. It is the first album to feature Dustin Boltjes on drums, replacing Derrick Nau.


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  • Jackjss

    Love these guys! Fans of them may be interested in Witchery

    24 Oct 12:58am Reply
  • gabstheone

    masters of riffs

    2 Oct 9:53pm Reply
  • bdgamer

    Brutal \\m/

    14 Sep 6:55pm Reply
  • yourmindsdecide

    missed them at the summer breeze to get one of the limited heaven shall burn shirts. i actually got the last one, but damn i wish i could've had it both.

    8 Sep 1:29pm Reply
  • DonDonald

    Thanks for all the suggestions. This band is still so amazing.

    31 Aug 8:52pm Reply
  • Brockisdead

    Wow, been listening all day. Can't believe I ignored them till now

    19 Aug 9:12pm Reply
  • ntombed

    this band kills it live [3] Great show at Resurrection Fest

    19 Aug 12:53pm Reply
  • darkdaniel666

    Great performance in România! Cheers!

    19 Aug 9:54am Reply
  • SirCrappington

    Hey DonDonald, pretty late response, but check out Valdrin! Remind me in nearly every aspect of Skeletonwitch!

    17 Jul 2:11pm Reply
  • Plook

    These guys have come played in my town few times ago, and that day i could not go...each time i listen them i pray they come back around, i have to see them!

    25 May 12:02pm Reply
  • Hank_Shrader

    @DonDonald: Ever tried Gorefest? Especially the older stuff?!

    22 May 10:29am Reply
  • DonDonald

    I'm a massive fan of the cold, ice-like vocals from the lead singer (at least that's how I interpret them). Could anyone recommend other bands with a similar vocal style?

    21 May 5:43pm Reply
  • Klooher

    I honestly couldn't get into them at the beginning, but by now they have become my favourite band. Great. Everything. Riffs, melody, solos, vocals, even album art is great

    9 May 7:02pm Reply
  • dark_wisdom

    Good melodic black / thrash metal hybrid.

    27 Apr 4:32am Reply
  • Skater100z

    this band is completely insane. fuuuuuuuck love them

    23 Apr 6:59pm Reply
  • mace40

    this band kills it live [2]

    16 Apr 5:05am Reply
  • JoeyThrasher

    discovered them 4-5 years ago, but only now I've truly realised how good this band is!!

    15 Apr 8:03am Reply
  • DaveBFC

    James, You're too obvious bro! Too obvious,

    3 Apr 1:41pm Reply
  • P1nkF1oyd

    Awesome, I'm a top listener!

    26 Mar 4:33am Reply
  • Adriano_Avello

    great new álbum (2)

    17 Mar 6:44pm Reply
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