SKELETONWITCH

Psyko Steve Presents:

SKELETONWITCH

IRON REAGAN, OATHBREAKER, GATECREEPER

Sun, October 9, 2016

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$15.00 - $17.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is all ages

SKELETONWITCH
SKELETONWITCH
In 2003, when American teenagers were raiding the makeup sections of their local Halloween shops to paint up like their favorite black metal bands… there was Skeletonwitch.

In 2005, when every burnout who sold enough weed bought an Orange amp and tuned their guitar down to "C"… there was Skeletonwitch.

In 2007, when kids with pricey haircuts and freshly inked full-sleeves learned two At The Gates riffs and simplified them with breakdowns… there was Skeletonwitch.

In 2010, when sweep-picking Guitar Center employees decided to eschew songwriting and showcase their "chops" in soulless robotic fashion… there was Skeletonwitch.

Today, in a landscape that finds them surrounded by a) bands begging their own fans for money, b) vest-wearing, by-the-numbers "retro" rock nostalgia and c) heavy labels blindly signing bands based on breast implants… there, still, is Skeletonwitch, a band that has successfully carved its own left-hand path with an unwavering quality of metal and old-fashioned hard work. This organic approach has garnered legions of fans and an undeniable level of respect in the worldwide metal community from both sides of the stage.

As SKELETONWITCH celebrate its 10th anniversary this year, it's fitting to reflect on some notable numbers from the band's first decade of destruction:

4: Number of full-length releases (with #5 due on Oct. 29)

2: Number of those full-lengths to crack the Billboard Top 200

1 each: Number of times they've appeared on the covers of Decibel and Terrorizer magazines

7: European tours including performances at the metal's largest and most respected festivals such as Wacken, Summer Breeze, Graspop, Tuska, Bloodstock and more

500,000+: Number of miles the band has traveled across North America

0: Number of those miles driven by someone other than guitarist Nate Garnette

Countless: cans of beer consumed, high fives given and good times had

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Since signing with Prosthetic seven years ago, a new SKELETONWITCH album has materialized like clockwork every other October. First, there was the group's sophomore breakthrough, "Beyond The Permafrost." Produced by late GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot and featuring iconic artwork by John Baizley (Baroness, Kylesa, Kvelertak), the album – and subsequent tours with the likes of Danzig, Dimmu Borgir and Amon Amarth – told the world what the rest of Ohio already knew: that SKELETONWITCH was a metal force to be reckoned with. That album's "Soul Thrashing Black Sorcery" would eventually be featured in the video game "Brutal Legend," placing the band in excellent company with digitized versions of Rob Halford, Ozzy and Lemmy.

Then came 2009′s "Breathing The Fire," produced by the legendary Jack Endino (Nirvana, High On Fire, 3 Inches of Blood). Supported by tours with Cannibal Corpse, Children of Bodom and Ozzfest, the album – the band's first featuring bassist Evan Linger, and also their first to crack the Billboard Top 200 – caught the attention of Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, who invited the group to film a zombie-themed video for the song "Bringers of Death" that the band members still haven't stopped hearing about.

In 2011, "Forever Abomination" – produced by Grammy-winner Matt Hyde (Slayer, Deftones) – saw the arrival of drummer Dustin Boltjes (ex-Demiricous), as well as a return visit to the Billboard Top 200. On the road, the group toured alongside Arch Enemy, Kvelertak, The Black Dahlia Murder and Nile before embarking on their most ambitious trek to date: a 63-shows-in-65-days test of endurance that they passed with flying colors.

2013 brings us to "Serpents Unleashed," the group's fifth and latest release. Recorded with Kurt Ballou (Converge, High On Fire, Isis) in Salem, Mass. (insert bad "witch" joke here), the album – which features artwork by Baizley, who returns to the fold for the first time in six years – is another blistering helping of two-and-a-half minute blasts of blackened metal amalgamation. This time around, the band also shows off a few new tricks – note the Scandinavian doom-vibe in the opening of "Unending, Everliving" and the devil's swing of "This Evil Embrace" – but does so without compromising the frosty/fiery/abominable metal spirit or blue-collar humility that has endeared them to so many over the past decade. Ultimately, it's both a fitting testament to what they've accomplished to date, and an exciting nod toward what the future has in store.

As for that future, in 2020, when pedal-steel rasta-metal will be all the rage, there will be SKELETONWITCH, still doing what they – and, most importantly, their fans – love, trends be damned.
IRON REAGAN
IRON REAGAN are no strangers to the art of crossover. Between them they fill, or have filled the ranks of Municipal Waste, Cannabis Corpse and Darkest Hour alike. Now, with their recent signing to metal powerhouse Relapse Records, the hardcore thrash quintet are ready to take their bruising antics to the next level.
OATHBREAKER
Eros|Anteros" is the breathtaking follow up to Oathbreaker's critically acclaimed "Maelstrom" album (Deathwish 2011). Where "Maelstrom" acted as individual fragments of aural shrapnel, "Eros|Anteros" is a monstrous shockwave of sound. It is Oathbreaker's story of love and the anti-love (life and death), and the growth they have experienced through these trials.

In opener "Beeltenis" (Dutch for "Portrait") layers of melodious guitar cry out to one another through the blackness. Acting as a ghostlike warning before Oathbreaker whips calm to chaos. "No Rest for the Weary" then abruptly crashes forward with breakneck speed and from there the floodgates of "Eros|Anteros" are open. As vocalist Caro Tanghe lets out the hair raising screams of "I'll never know what it means - this deadly calm inside", it's clear that this album is more potent and personal than most heavy music; this is a collective soul searching for the band. This is most apparent in brother and sister songs "As I Look Into the Abyss" and "The Abyss Looks Into Me". A stunning pairing that shows Oathbreaker racing through razor sharp metallic riffing before erupting into a vicious emotional explosion. This quarrel continues throughout the "Eros|Anteros", finally coming to a head in the haunting closer "Clair Obscur". A brilliant eleven minute epic that carefully balances shoe-gaze leanings with their wounded post-metal heart.
GATECREEPER
GATECREEPER
"Gatecreeper, the hottest thing in Arizona metal since Max Cavalera wearing Nails sweatpants, swept through the death metal underground last year with their self-titled tape and emerged as one of the genre's fresher, younger voices." - VICE

"This is thick, punishing, bone-rattling death metal like the legendary bands of the late 80's to mid-90's played it." - Deathwish Inc.

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Sean Mears - Bass (of Hellhorse)
Metal Matt - Drums (of Sovereign)
Max Nattsblod - Guitars (of Avichi)
Eric Wagner - Guitars
Chase H. Mason - Vocals (of ex-Slut Sister)
Venue Information:
The Rebel Lounge
2303 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85016
http://www.therebellounge.com/