When: Mon., Dec. 19, 9:30 p.m. 2011
Scientists estimate that by mid-2013 the total global number of metal subgenres will surpass six billion. But unlike the vast majority of their contemporaries, Skeletonwitch don't fit in any one category. Forever Abomination (Prosthetic), the latest from this crew out of Athens, Ohio, is a subgenre-crossing chimera that probably approximates what a lot of people who don't listen to metal think metal sounds like: blistering thrash drums, NWOBHM riffage, and an overall nasty vibe borrowed from metals both black and death. (The effect is rounded out by the group's love of song titles like "The Infernal Resurrection" and album covers that look like Magic: The Gathering cards.) This isn't to say Skeletonwitch sounds generic; actually they come closer to embodying a Platonic stylistic ideal. And in the context of a sometimes overly factional subculture, the band's multifarious metal mentality gives it a bit of populist appeal—and of course it helps that the music is just mercilessly heavy. —Miles Raymer Bible of the Devil and Black September open.
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