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  • Formed: Athens, OH
  • Years Active: 2000s
  • Website: skeletonwitch.com
  • Recent Activity: 03.31.15 Hails to Andy Horn! This metal maniac will be handling vocal duties on our upcoming Euro tour. We go… https://t.co/RjyttqIiha
  • Skeletonwitch


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All Music Guide:

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.


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;, Tony Laureano, Derrick "Mullet Chad" Nau; replacing Jimi Shestina then Eric Harris with Evan Linger on bass guitar.

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.

Skeletonwitch was banned from playing the House of Blues in Orlando after they were deemed "unfit to be associated with Disney." The January 27th 2014 show was the only date on the Deceiver of the Gods tour with Amon Amarth and Enslaved that Skeletonwitch did not open. The Florida-based band Hollow Leg opened instead.

The band released its fifth studio album Serpents Unleashed on October 29, 2013.

Skeletonwitch at Free&Easy Festival 2014

Scott Hedrick

Chance Garnette

Evan Linger

Nate Garnette

^ Walle n, Doug. "Skeletonwitch Thrash Across Metal's (Many) Subtle Sub-genres [sic]". OC Weekly. Retrieved 23 May 2012. ^ [1], by Philip Whitehouse.^ Skeletonwitch Parts Ways With Drummer blabbermouth.net. 2011-03-21. Retrieved on 2011-03-22.^ Skeletonwitch Reveals Details For "Onward/Infernal" Vinyl metalunderground.com. 2011-05-06. Retrieved on 2011-05-17.^ http://www.metalinjection.net/latest-news/skeletonwitch-latest-victim-of-disney-banhammer^ http://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Skeletonwitch/Serpents_Unleashed/384656


Since late 2006, Skeletonwitch have toured almost nonstop in North America and Europe, supporting three albums they recorded along the way. During 2012 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)2014North American Tour opening for Amon Amarth and Sabaton^ "Cauldron and Skeletonwitch mini-tour". Lambgoat. Retrieved 2012-11-13. ^ "New England Metal and Hardcore Festival: Initial Lineups Announced". Metal Injection. Retrieved 2012-11-13. ^ "Skeletonwitch and Weedeater tour". Lambgoat. Retrieved 2012-11-13. ^ "Skeletonwitch, Withered tour dates". Lambgoat. Retrieved 2012-11-13. ^ "NachtmystiumAnnounces West Coast Dates With Skeletonwitch". Blabbermouth. Retrieved 2012-11-13. ^ "Municipal Waste, Toxic Holocaust, Skeletonwitch announce more tour dates". Metal Injection. Retrieved 2012-11-13. ^ "Dying Fetus Kick Off US Tour; Announce Additional Dates". Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. Retrieved 2012-11-13. ^ "Job For A Cowboy, The Red Chord, etc. tour". Lambgoat. Retrieved 2012-11-13. ^ "Skeletonwitch Heads Out With A Life Once Lost And Arsus For A U.s. Spring Tour". DomainCleveland. Retrieved 2012-11-13. ^ "Toxic Holocaust - Added To Hate Eternal, Soilent Green Tour". SMN News. Retrieved 2012-11-13. ^ "Complete NEMHF 2008 Lineup Revealed". Metal Underground. Retrieved 2012-11-13. ^ "Hate Eternal Announce European Tour Dates". Metal Underground. Retrieved 2012-11-13. ^ "Blackest of the Black 2008 Tour Dates announced (Danzig, Dimmu Borgir, etc)". Metal Injection. Retrieved 2012-11-13. ^ "Skeletonwitch, Kylesa To Team Up For 'Southern Discomfort' Tour". Blabbermouth. Retrieved 2012-11-13. ^ "Amon Amarth announce tour with Goatwhore, Skeletonwitch and Lazarus A.D.". Metal Injection. Retrieved 2012-11-13. ^ "Trap Them, Skeletonwitch, Saviours tour". Lambgoat. Retrieved 2012-11-13. ^ "Children of Bodom announce Fall 2009 dates with Black Dahlia Murder and Skeletonwitch". Metal Injection. Retrieved 2012-11-13. ^ "BDM, Skeletonwitch, Trap Them, etc. tour". Lambgoat. Retrieved 2012-11-13. ^ "Unholy Trinity Tour: Toxic Holocaust + Goatwhore + Skeletonwitch". Metal Storm. Retrieved 2012-11-13. ^ "Skeletonwitch, Iron Age, Howl tour dates". Lambgoat. Retrieved 2012-11-13. ^ "Decibel & MetalSucks Proudly Present The Evisceration Plague Tour Featuring Cannibal Corpse with 1349, Skeletonwitch, and Lecherous Nocturne". MetalSucks. Retrieved 2012-11-13. ^ "New England Metal and Hardcore Festival XII 2010 Complete Lineup & Details". Metal Injection. Retrieved 2012-11-13. ^ "Priestess Added to High On Fire And Skeletonwitch Canadian Tour". The PRP. Retrieved 2012-11-13. ^ "Ozzfest 2010 Full Lineup and Dates Revealed". Metal Injection. Retrieved 2012-11-13. ^ "Skeletonwitch, Warbringer tour (Europe)". Lambgoat. Retrieved 2012-11-13. ^ "Skeletonwitch, Withered, Landmine Marathon tour". Lambgoat. Retrieved 2012-11-13. ^ "Job For A Cowboy: 2010 North American Ruination Tour". SMN News. Retrieved 2012-11-13. ^ "Skeletonwitch, 3 Inches of Blood Announce Dates". SMN News. Retrieved 2012-11-13. ^ "Lineup Revealed For 2011 "New England Metal And Hardcore Festival"". The PRP. Retrieved 2012-11-13. ^ "SKELETONWITCH Begin Tracking New Album; Tour Dates Announced". Pure Grain Audio. Retrieved 2012-11-13. ^ "MetalSucks and Full Metal Jackie Proudly Present The North American Khaos 2011 Tour with Arch Enemy, DevilDriver, Skeletonwitch, and ChthoniC!". MetalSucks. Retrieved 2012-11-13. ^ "Skeletonwitch tour dates". Lambgoat. Retrieved 2012-11-13. ^ "Kvelertak & Skeletonwitch Are Touring The US (And Playing Our CMJ Showcase)". Metal Injection. Retrieved 2012-11-13. ^ "Jägermeister presents tour with co-headliners Unearth and Chimaira". Metal Blade. Retrieved 2012-11-13. ^ "The Black Dahlia Murder & Skeletonwitch Announce Huge UK Tour for January 2012". Rock Sins. Retrieved 2012-11-13. ^ "Skeletonwitch Announce Norwegian Dates". Mouth For War. Retrieved 2012-11-13. ^ "THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, NILE, SKELETONWITCH Announce Spring 2012 Tour". Metal Injection. Retrieved 2012-11-13. ^ "New England Metal & Hardcore Festival 2012 Lineup Announced (Killswitch Engage, Black Dahlia Murder Headline)". Metal Injection. Retrieved 2012-11-13. ^ "Skeletonwitch announce European tour dates". MetalRiot. Retrieved 2012-11-13. ^ "Skeletonwitch, Barn Burner tour". Lambgoat. Retrieved 2012-11-13. ^ "MetalSucks Proudly Presents The U.S. Abomination Tour Starring Skeletonwitch with Havok, Early Graves, and Mutilation Rites!!!". MetalSucks. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 


CurrentChance Garnette – lead vocals (2003–present)Nate "N8 Feet Under" Garnette – guitars (2003–present)Scott "Scunty D." Hedrick – guitars (2003–present)Evan "Loosh" Linger – bass (2008–present)Dustin Boltjes - drums (2011–present)FormerEric Harris – bass (2003–2008)Tony Laureano – drums (2011)Derrick Nau – drums (2003–2011)Jimi Shestina – bassRobb St. Lawrence - drums (summer 2004)
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  • 03.31.15 Hails to Andy Horn! This metal maniac will be handling vocal duties on our upcoming Euro tour. We go… https://t.co/RjyttqIiha
  • 03.25.15 We have a week in Eastern Europe at the end of our headliner. New places, new faces! See you rockers soon! http://t.co/8bA3uu3DCw
  • 03.24.15 RT @WarEureTales: So, while reading Wytches by @Ssnyder1835 and @jock4twenty, I rock a little @Skeletonwitch in the background. Just me?
  • 03.20.15 You got it. Happy bday dude. RT @CousinGrande: @Skeletonwitch can i get a follow for my bday big fna of ur splz
  • 03.19.15 RT @ProstheticRcds: Catch @Skeletonwitch on the road before they start writing a new album! Dates+tix available @ http://t.co/NMvL99vnnJ ht…
  • 03.19.15 Cheers! RT @elijahgerrity: i can easily say that @Skeletonwitch is one of my favorite bands of all time. every album is a banger, man.
  • 03.19.15 How many sips of beer will you guys @Osloairportscom give us for this stuff? Respond without saying "Kroner" please. http://t.co/hfOJAn4sqE
  • 03.16.15 RT @hollandgirlie: Inferno Metal Fest, NO w/ @BehemothBand #mydyingbride @BloodbathBand #enslaved #taake @Skeletonwitch, April 1-4. http://…
  • 03.15.15 Thanks for the support! RT @KeithBurgin: Just bought another @Skeletonwitch album, Forever Abomination. I'm hooked.
  • 03.14.15 Don't forget we have a week of Eastern European shows at the end of the the upcoming headliner! http://t.co/sdZJB0InRU
  • 03.14.15 RT @pyramidschemegr: All four brianposehn shows are sold out! @laughfest @skeletonwitch #metal https://t.co/P4wnlTFfPr
  • 03.13.15 In about 2 weeks we'll be kicking off our 1st tour of 2015 in Europe with @GoatwhoreNola and @Mortalstheband dates at http://t.co/lJjF0P2MLk