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Review: Skeletonwitch - At One With The Shadows
At One With The Shadows

Label: Shredded Records
Year released: 2004
Duration: 30:38
Tracks: 9
Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: September 25, 2004
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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At One With The Shadows


Another one to remember. This is only the second time ever I have received a promo out of the blue and it has turned out to be actually cool. (Funeral Age was the other one, if you're wondering). Skeletonwitch are a never-heard-of-them band out of Ohio here in my native land, and they have a pretty damned good debut on their hands that is sure to make some underground waves.

Starting with a Children Of Bodom-ey style of highly melodic, speedy Death Metal, Skeletonwitch add a lot of energy and a kick of old-school Thrash riffiness to arrive at a derivative but highly entertaining sound. Truth be told, there is not much here you have not heard from other bands before. You get energetic and catchy riffs, speedy and tasty leadwork, and one-dimensional rasping scream vocals. Yet Skeletonwitch put it all together with such verve and attitude that I can't stop spinning this disc. As I said, the vocals don't really do much for me, as they are of the faceless neo-Black Metal rasp school, but they can't distract me from such cool music. From the opening lick of "The Skullsplitter" there is not a dull moment on this CD, and that is a remarkable feat for a brand-new band. The production is good, if not great, but much better than many demo-level recordings, and the band sounds tight. The art on the CD is even cool – far superior to anything Cauldron Born ever got, that's for sure.

So Skeletonwitch impress with their very first outing, and this shall be a band to look for in the future. If they can preserve this kind of momentum they should go far indeed. If you like Children Of Bodom at all, or thrashy melodic Death Metal in general, then you definitely should check out this band. They aren't reinventing the wheel here, but this is a hugely enjoyable CD nonetheless. Skeletonwitch is underground gold.

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