Skeletonwitch
Breathing the Fire


3.5
great

Review

by Travis Marmon USER (32 Reviews)
October 12th, 2009 | 27 replies | 12,095 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Skeletonwitch are back, and still bringing the cheese with the same consistency.

8 of 8 thought this review was well written

As I sit at my computer, listening to Ohio-based Skeletonwitch’s stream of their new album, Breathing the Fire, I can’t help but wonder: Will this band ever be taken as seriously as their blackened thrash contemporaries Absu and Destroyer 666, both of whom released quality albums this year? One look at the album cover, a skeleton bellowing fire in a sun-scorched bone yard (while holding skulls in both hands, on top of everything else!), gives me a resounding “no.” Skeletonwitch are not concerned with making any grand artistic statements, challenging the confines of extreme metal, or even showing off the mind-bending musicianship that a lot of metal bands seem concerned with nowadays. This five-piece is only concerned with having a blast, playing short, cheesy, but most importantly fun songs.

Skeletonwitch are:

Chance Garnett – Vocals
Nick Garnett – Guitar
Scott Hedrick – Guitar
Evan Linger – Bass
Derrick Nau – Drums

Let me get this out of the way first: If you listened to Skeletonwitch’s 2007 album, Beyond the Permafrost, then you don’t need to read this review. Breathing the Fire is not a progression from Permafrost (although the contrast between ice and fire is kind of cool and almost certainly not a coincidence). The albums are almost interchangeable. The only difference between the two is that Breathing the Fire has slightly rawer production, giving it a thrashier edge than its more melodic predecessor. The only variation in the Skeletonwitch sound is the quiet outro to “Repulsive Salvation,” which is the highlight of the album.

The plus side of all this is that Beyond the Permafrost was a very enjoyable listen, and Breathing the Fire offers more of what made Permafrost a great album. The abundant guitar leads and harmonies are catchy and fun. The vocals fit perfectly, and Chance Garnett has just enough variation to keep the listener’s attention. It’s only a matter of time before he attempts to sing on an album, (like Proscriptor did on Absu’s Tara). Derrick Nau’s drumming is not virtuoso-level, but he suits the music and has a cool drum intro on “…And into the Flame.” The bass-playing, while unremarkable, is more audible than most bands associated with black metal prefer.

In a year in which Mastodon releases an album with no harsh vocals, maudlin of the Well unveils an album of avant-garde classical and prog rock songs that were supposedly written only in Toby Driver’s head a decade ago, and Between the Buried and Me prepares to release a progressive epic to rival Colors, the metal world needs bands like Skeletonwitch. Bands that don’t take themselves seriously, don’t try to be groundbreaking, and just focus on writing good songs. If you want to immerse yourself in music for a month and look for new musical heroes, don’t even look at this album. But if you just need a solid listen to get yourself through the day, check out Breathing the Fire.



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Wizard
October 12th 2009



19231 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

In a year in which Mastodon releases an album with no harsh vocals

And not to mention suckage.

Really, really well written review. When you posted "First" in the streaming thread, I expected a rush job hahaha. Nicely done. I'm enjoying this right now.

Digging: Monarch - Sabbracadaver

Poet
October 12th 2009



5920 Comments


lol Where's the tracklisting?

Wizard
October 12th 2009



19231 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

lol Where's the tracklisting?

There are no titles to any of the songs. A new concept that alot of bands are trying these days hahaha.

what do you mean by 'still bringing the cheese'

If you gave this a listen, you would know that these guys are pure throwback metal, thus making them cheesy hahaha.


HenchmanOfSanta
October 12th 2009



1852 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Really, really well written review. When you posted "First" in the streaming thread, I expected a rush job hahaha. Nicely done. I'm enjoying this right now.


Well this is the first review I've written while listening to the album, which is slightly easier than reviewing right after the first listen like I did with Warbringer.

jingledeath
October 12th 2009



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

gave this a listen. it was alright, cool review man

alachlahol
October 12th 2009



7471 Comments


need a t-shirt of that album cover

WhiteWallStargazers
October 13th 2009



2647 Comments


""Between the Buried and Me prepares to release a progressive epic to rival Colors""


I like you already

pizzamachine
October 13th 2009



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Cheesy *and* fun thrash metal? Surely it can't be both!

Phantom
October 13th 2009



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah this was ok, got a bit samey during the final third

Wizard
October 13th 2009



19231 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

""Between the Buried and Me prepares to release a progressive epic to rival Colors""

I've heard one track from that album and it already demolishes anything on Colors.

south_of_heaven 11
October 13th 2009



5433 Comments


Heard a few tracks off this, have no intention on listening further.

alakazam9891
October 13th 2009



23 Comments


Skeletonbitch

alakazam9891
October 13th 2009



23 Comments


These guys could be so much better if dude did not sing like a fucktard.

Ragez
October 13th 2009



150 Comments


hmmm i kinda liked their first album a lil, so i'll have to check this out.

south_of_heaven 11
October 13th 2009



5433 Comments


and if they were just good in general.

cvlts
October 13th 2009



8954 Comments


naw this was really boring.
saw these guys live, prty much.

Roach
October 13th 2009



2149 Comments


band sucks

FadeToBlack
October 17th 2009



10913 Comments


might be seeing them live with Toxic Holocaust and Goatwhore, gonna be awesome

SteelErectedb4you8er
November 13th 2009



2613 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Skeletonwitch are actually quite awesome live. They have a lot of stage presence, and it actually helped boost this album up in my opinion. I mean, Beyond the Permafrost has a lot of catchy melodies that you can sing to. How can you hate the vocals, the dude has a good range. Most that listen to death or black metal wish they could interchange between both. If you didn't enjoy them live, I don't think you are a real metal fan, in my opinion.

pizzamachine
October 3rd 2010



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Album cover always brings the laughs.



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