Growing a little tired of the same ol’ same ol’? Are you one of those who wonders why they just don’t make metal like they used too? Well, they do. Turns out that with “Beyond the Permafrost”, Skeletonwitch have given us one of the best thrash metal albums since Slayer gave us “Reign in Blood”. “Metalcore” this aint. This is straight up old-school thrash that would make Cliff Burton proud. First off, look at the artwork. Read the song titles. Listen to the f***ing samples! This is classic metal, the way it was meant to be played. The songs clock in mostly around the three-minute mark, with neck-snapping riffs, pummeling double-bass, and vocals that veer more into black metal territory than the death grunt. From the opening drum roll of “Upon Black Wings” you will be instantly hooked and the intensity never lets up through the remaining eleven tracks.
I’ve been listening steadily for the last couple of weeks and I can tell that this one will definitely make my year-end list. I’m expecting big things from this band. Pick up “Beyond the Permafrost” and dig out that old denim jacket (or vest) because you’ll be adding another patch before too long.