Let's hope Midwest metal warriors Skeletonwitch preview new material this week when they headline PHiX Gallery. Though no slouches so far, the band — which revolves around two brothers, lead singer Chance Garnette, known for his guttural shouts and high-pitched shrieks, and guitarist Nate Garnette — appears to have its best work ahead of it. Skeletonwitch have earned thick ink from heavy metal magazines such as Decibel, Revolver, and Metal Maniacs and began recording their new album Breathing the Fire, with Nirvana producer Jack Endino in mid-June. The album, a follow-up to 2007's critically acclaimed Beyond the Permafrost, is expected to drop in October via Prosthetic Records. Since the heavy thrash/death metal band signed with the label in 2007, it has performed more than 300 shows and toured with metal greats like Danzig, Job for a Cowboy, and Darkest Hour. Skeletonwitch are set to team up with Children of Bodom for a North American tour in the fall alongside The Black Dahlia Murder.


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