Ohio-based blackened metallers SKELETONWITCH have parted ways with drummer Dustin Boltjes and have temporarily replaced him with Jon Rice (ex-JOB FOR A COWBOY, SCORPION CHILD). Rice will join SKELETONWITCH on the band’s upcoming North American trek with OBITUARY, which kicks off May 2 in Atlanta, Georgia.
SKELETONWITCH‘s next studio album is due this spring/summer via Prosthetic Records. The disc was recorded with producer Kurt Ballou (CHELSEA WOLFE, HIGH ON FIRE, KVELERTAK) at his GodCity Studio. The effort was mixed by Fredrik Nordström (AT THE GATES, OPETH) in Gothenburg, Sweden.
SKELETONWITCH‘s upcoming album was written throughout 2017 between Ohio and New York. It’s the band’s first full-length with vocalist Adam Clemans, who joined the group in 2016.
Since its inception over a decade ago, SKELETONWITCH has released five albums of epic, blackened, thrash-infused heavy metal. Through extensive touring, the band has excited fans all over the world with its furious, high-energy live show.
In 2016, SKELETONWITCH recalibrated its lineup to include Clemans, a move that resulted the band’s most powerful incarnation yet. The resulting EP, “The Apothic Gloom”, was named the best EP of 2016 by Decibel magazine. The effort included a roaringly triumphant performance from Clemans and expanded on the band’s previous explorations in atmospheric black metal.