2018 Best of Metal: #5 Skeletonwitch-Devouring Radiant Light

Release Date:  July 20, 2018

Personnel:  Adam Clemans-vocals, Nate Garnette-guitar, Scott Hendrick-guitar, Evan Linger-bass, Jon Rice-drums

Origin:  Athens, OH

If there is a theme running through my year-end list, it may be the fact that a lot of the albums on here are ones that I really didn’t see coming.  Throughout the year, there are always albums coming down the pike by bands I love and my expectations for those albums are always generally high.  Then there are albums by bands who I know about, but for some reason have never fully warmed up to in the past.  Skeletonwitch is one of those bands.  I have seen them open up for other bands countless number of times over the years and I’ve thought that while they have always been capable and decent that they never really had that extra spark to fully grab my attention or want to delve into their catalog of albums all that deeply.  Devouring Radiant Light came out mid-year and I decided to give it a shot.  And holy shit!  This is a completely different Skeletonwitch than the one we have dealt with in the past.  This is an album full of depth and passion and just downright badassery.  I don’t know where it came from, but it feels like the band truly found their place.  Consider me a convert.

4.5 flip flops out of 5

The list so far:

5.  Skeletonwitch-Devouring Radiant Light
6.  The Atlas Moth-Coma Noir
7.  Rivers of Nihil-Where Owls Know My Name
8.  Sleep-The Sciences
9.  Tomb Mold-Manor of Infinite Forms
10.  Revocation-The Outer Ones
11.  All Them Witches-ATW
12.  Redemption-Long Night’s Journey Into Day
13.  Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats-Wasteland
14.  Panopticon-The Scars of Man Upon the Once Nameless Wilderness
15.  Arkona-Khram
16.  Agrimonia-Awaken
17.  Between the Buried and Me-Automata I & II
18.  Clutch-Book of Bad Decisions
19.  Harakiri For the Sky-Arson
20.  Behemoth-I Loved You At Your Darkest