|Review: Skeletonwitch - Forever Abomination|
Label: Prosthetic Records
Year released: 2011
Review online: August 23, 2012
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Boasting a sound that is modern but with roots reaching back to the Bay Area Thrash of the mid-80s, Ohio's Skeletonwitch have unleashed album #4, Forever Abomination. Vocals that alternate between guttural Death growls and menacing Black rasps contend with some absolutely pounding drums. The guitars, however, are the stars and with their sharp, aggressive tone they belt out riff after riff after riff. That ends up being both the strength and the weakness of Forever Abomination. There are numerous places throughout the album that will have you testing the physical limits of your neck muscles, but none of those moments come together into anything resembling a memorable song. Forever Abomination plays like a 32 minute Thrash jam; great while it is on but not anything you're likely to be humming later.
Fans of old-school Thrash bands like Forbidden and Exodus and newer, Blackened Thrash like Destroy Destroy Destroy, should find plenty to enjoy but nothing Earth-shattering.
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