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Although they only came together as a band in 2003, the members of Athens, Ohio's Skeletonwitch draw the bulk of their inspiration from artists and musical styles born all of two decades earlier -- namely the undying flame of classic, Bay Area thrash, its creative bedrock in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, and, to a lesser degree, death, black, and Viking metal. First introduced via 2004's independently released At One with the Shadows album, and 2006's Worship the Witch EP, Skeletonwitch's retro-fitted, yet modernly executed creative vision arguably reached a new level of maturity with 2007's Beyond the Permafrost full-length, their first for Prosthetic Records. In any case, Skeletonwitch members Chance Garnett (vocals), Nate Garnett (guitar), Scott Hedrick (guitar), Eric Harris (bass) and Derrick Nau (drums) then set out to prove their metal mettle on tour, Flying V's cocked and loaded.
Skeletonwitch is an American heavy metal band from Athens, Ohio formed in 2003. The band currently consists of drummer Dustin Boltjes, vocalist Chance Garnette, bassist Evan Linger, and guitarists Nate Garnette and Scott Hedrick. They are signed to Prosthetic Records.
Skeletonwitch was formed in 2003 in Athens, Ohio when guitarist Hedrick heard the demo tracks from Nate Garnette's former band, Serkesoron, while they were both college students at Ohio University. Skeletonwitch released their first album, At One with the Shadows, on August 11, 2004 with Shredded Records. After forming the band, they sought a vocalist, whom they ultimately found in Nate's older brother, Chance Garnette. These three have been the only constant members, having gone through three drummers; Jimi Shestina, Tony Laureano, Derrick "Mullet Chad" Nau; and replacing Eric Harris with Evan Linger.
After being signed to Prosthetic, Skeletonwitch released Beyond the Permafrost on October 2, 2007. In 2008, Skeletonwitch was featured as one of four opening acts for Danzig's Blackest of the Black tour.
On October 13, 2009, Skeletonwitch released their third studio album, Breathing the Fire, which debuted at No. 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.
Since late 2006, Skeletonwitch have toured almost nonstop in North America and Europe, supporting three albums they recorded along the way. Their last tour, The U.S. Abomination Tour (which they headlined), was a North American tour that had 63 shows in only 65 days.2006Mini Tour w/ Cauldron -- Nov. 17-19 (North America)2007New England Metal and Hardcore Festival -- Apr. 27Tour w/ Weedeater -- May 18-28 (North America)Tour w/ Withered -- Jul. 13-28 (North America)From the Gutter Tour w/ Nachtmystium -- Sep. 1-11 (North America)Tour w/ Municipal Waste and Toxic Holocaust -- Sep. 21-Oct. 10 (North America)War of Attrition Tour w/ Dying Fetus, Demiricous, The Absence, Cephalic Carnage, and Year of Desolation -- Nov. 1-Dec. 2 (North America)2008Tour w/ Job for a Cowboy and The Red Chord -- Jan. 24-Feb. 10 (North America)The Brotherhood of Riffs and Spliffs Tour w/ A Life Once Lost, Arsis, and Veil of Maya -- Feb. 24- Mar. 16 (North America)Tour w/ Hate Eternal, Soilent Green, and Toxic Holocaust -- Apr. 10-30 (North America)New England Metal and Hardcore Festival -- Apr. 26Fury & Flames European Tour w/ Hate Eternal, Cephalic Carnage, and Deadborn -- May 9-Jun. 7 (Europe)Blackest of the Black Tour w/ Danzig, Dimmu Borgir, Moonspell, and Winds of Plague -- Oct. 9-Nov. 10 (North America)2009Southern DIScomfort Tour w/ Kylesa and Black Tusk -- Feb. 28-Mar. 28 (North America)Twilight of the Thunder God Tour w/ Amon Amarth, Goatwhore, and Lazarus A.D. -- Apr. 11-May 1 (North America)Stone Dead for Summer Tour w/ Trap Them and Saviours -- Jul. 9-24 (North America)Tour w/ Children of Bodom and The Black Dahlia Murder -- Sep. 18-Oct. 12 (North America)Tour w/ The Black Dahlia Murder, Toxic Holocaust, and Trap Them -- Oct. 13-Nov. 13 (North America)Unholy Trinity Tour w/ Goatwhore and Toxic Holocaust -- Nov. 26-Dec. 19 (Europe)2010Tour w/ Iron Age and Howl -- Feb. 17-28 (North America)The Evisceration Plague Tour w/ Cannibal Corpse, 1349, and Lecherous Nocturne -- Apr. 20-May 15 (North America)New England Metal and Hardcore Festival -- Apr. 24Tour w/ High On Fire, Russian Circles, and Priestess -- Jul. 8-24 (North America)Ozzfest -- Aug. 14-24 (North America)European Bangover Tour w/ Warbringer and Angelus Apatrida -- Aug. 29-Sep. 18 (Europe)North American Skullsplitter Tour w/ Withered and Landmine Marathon -- Nov. 19-Dec. 4 (North America)North American Ruination Tour w/ Job for a Cowboy, Misery Index, and Trap Them -- Dec. 5-20 (North America)2011Tour w/ 3 Inches of Blood -- Apr. 7-22 (North America)New England Metal and Hardcore Festival -- Apr. 16European Tour/Festival Run -- Aug. 4-20 (Europe)North American Khaos Tour w/ Arch Enemy, DevilDriver, and ChthoniC -- Sep. 8-Oct. 4 (North America)Headlining Tour -- Oct. 8-14 (North America)American Tour w/ Kvelertak and Zoroaster -- Oct. 19-28 (North America)Jägermeister Presents Tour w/ Chimaira, Unearth, and Molotov Solution -- Nov. 13-Dec. 18 (North America)2012Tour w/ The Black Dahlia Murder and Fleshgod Apocalypse -- Jan. 11-31 (Europe)Fire Walk With Me Tour w/ Aura Noir and Nekromantheon -- Feb. 3-11 (Europe)North American Ritual Tour w/ The Black Dahlia Murder, Nile, and Hour of Penance -- Mar. 24-Apr. 20 (North America)New England Metal and Hardcore Festival -- Apr. 20European Tour/Festival Run -- Jun. 15-Jul. 1 (Europe)North American Tour w/ Barn Burner -- Jul. 13-Aug. 4 (North America)The U.S. Abomination Tour w/ Havok, Early Graves, and Mutilation Rites -- Sep. 14-Nov. 17 (North America)