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Skeletonwitch playing in Munich, 2014
Background information
Origin Athens, Ohio, United States
Genres Thrash metal, black metal
Years active 2003–present
Labels Prosthetic, Shredded

Skeletonwitch is an American heavy metal band from Athens, Ohio formed in 2003. The band currently consists of drummer Dustin Boltjes, vocalist Chance Garnette, bassist Evan Linger, and guitarists Nate Garnette and Scott Hedrick.


Skeletonwitch was formed in 2003 in Athens, Ohio when guitarist Hedrick heard the demo tracks from Nate Garnette's former band, Serkesoron, while they were both college students at Ohio University.[1] Skeletonwitch released their first album, At One with the Shadows, on August 11, 2004 with Shredded Records. After forming the band, they sought a vocalist, whom they ultimately found in Nate's older brother, Chance Garnette. These three have been the only constant members, having gone through three drummers;, Tony Laureano, Derrick "Mullet Chad" Nau; replacing Jimi Shestina then Eric Harris with Evan Linger on bass guitar.

After being signed to Prosthetic, Skeletonwitch released Beyond the Permafrost on October 2, 2007. In 2008, Skeletonwitch was featured as one of four opening acts for Danzig's Blackest of the Black tour.

On October 13, 2009, Skeletonwitch released their third studio album, Breathing the Fire, which debuted at No. 151 on the Billboard 200 charts. Skeletonwitch's song "Soul Thrashing Black Sorcery" was featured on the soundtrack of the video game Brütal Legend. The song "Crushed Beyond Dust" became featured on the Rock Band network on February 28, 2010. Skeletonwitch was featured on all of the dates of Ozzfest 2010.

Skeletonwitch was featured on an Adult Swim video for their song "Bringers of Death" in 2010. "Bringers of Death" also appears on the Adult Swim heavy metal compilation titled Metal Swim.[2]

In March 2011, Skeletonwitch parted ways with drummer Derrick "Mullet Chad" Nau and temporarily replaced him with Tony Laureano.[3] Skeletonwitch's fourth studio album, Forever Abomination, was released on October 7, 2011. It is the first album to feature Dustin Boltjes on drums, replacing Derrick Nau.[4]

Skeletonwitch was banned from playing the House of Blues in Orlando after they were deemed "unfit to be associated with Disney." [5] The January 27th 2014 show was the only date on the Deceiver of the Gods tour with Amon Amarth and Enslaved that Skeletonwitch did not open. The Florida-based band Hollow Leg opened instead.

The band released its fifth studio album Serpents Unleashed on October 29, 2013.[6]


Since late 2006, Skeletonwitch have toured almost nonstop in North America and Europe, supporting three albums they recorded along the way. During 2012 The U.S. Abomination Tour (which they headlined), was a North American tour that had 63 shows in only 65 days.

  • Mini Tour w/ Cauldron—Nov. 17-19 (North America)[7]


Singer, Chance Garnette performing live
  • Chance Garnette – lead vocals (2003–present)
  • Nate "N8 Feet Under" Garnette – guitars (2003–present)
  • Scott "Scunty D." Hedrick – guitars (2003–present)
  • Evan "Loosh" Linger – bass (2008–present)
  • Dustin Boltjes - drums (2011–present)
  • Eric Harris – bass (2003–2008)
  • Tony Laureano – drums (2011)
  • Derrick Nau – drums (2003–2011)
  • Jimi Shestina – bass
  • Robb St. Lawrence - drums (summer 2004)



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