Skeletonwitch, Ghoul, and Black Anvil ripped through Philly’s Underground Arts venue for a solid evening of eclectic metal as part of a month-long national tour. BTS Photographer Dante Torrieri was on hand to deliver another stellar set of exclusive photos available below the fold.
Skeletonwitch are continuing a world tour in support of acclaimed new full-length, Serpents Unleashed recorded by Kurt Ballou at God City Studios and released by Prosthetic Records in 2013. Skeletonwitch are slated to headline an extensive European tour with support from Goatwhore and Mortals this Spring. The Hell Has Arrived Over Europe tour kicks off April 3rd at Norway’s Inferno Fest (also featuring Behemoth, Septicflesh, 1349), and will include a stop Roadburn Festival in Holland, where the group was handpicked to appear by co-curator and recent North American tour-mate Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved).
Skeletonwitch celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2013 with the release of Serpents Unleashed, that saw praise by fans and critics alike with Loudwire commenting, “‘Serpents Unleashed’ flies by in just over 30 minutes. It’s better to leave the audience wanting more than to overstay your welcome, and this album definitely delivers. It’s another step for Skeletonwitch on their steady climb toward the top of the metal mountain, and before you know it, they’ll be at the summit.”
Ghoul recently unleashed We Came For The Dead!!! on waxy awesomeness. Initially released in 2002, We Came For The Dead!!! was an instant cult classic in the most putrid depths of the metal underworld, delivering a slick, punk-infused style of American goregrind from an unidentified tomb in the depths of Creepsylvania, where they’ve since waged war on mortals from with full anonymity. Ghoul now offers up We Came For The Dead!!! on vinyl which includes a Ghoulish rendition of Megadeth‘s “Skull Beneath The Skin.” We Came For The Dead!!! is out now on Tankcrimes and available in three gruesome color variants.
New York City’s titans of metal Black Anvil continue to support their third album and Relapse Records effort, Hail Death. Will ample opportunity to prime their metal chops with 4 years of touring and playing shows with the beside such mainstays as Watain, Marduk, Inquisition and more, Black Anvil returned to the studio last summer with legendary producer J Robbins (Clutch, Against Me!, Coliseum and many many more) to record Hail Death. The album has seen predominately great reviews including MetalSucks who commented, “Black Anvil have boiled their brand of muscular black metal down to a venomous reduction, creating a grinding, cutthroat sound that has more to do with hard concrete than the freezing moon.”
Without further ado, enjoy an exclusive batch of photos by BTS Senior Photographer Dante Torrieri (Useless Rebel Imaging)