SKELETONWITCH entered a Los Angeles studio today with producer Matt Hyde (Slayer, Machine Head, Kreator) to begin recording the follow up to 2009's burner "Breathing The Fire." The as-yet-untitled album, expected to be released this fall, features the track "The Infernal Resurrection," the demo version of which appears as the B-side on the soon-to-be-released final 7-inch of a limited-edition vinyl trilogy. This will mark the first recording with their new drummer, former DEMIRICOUS skin-pounder Dustin Boltjes.
Axe-man Scott Hedrick commented: "Waiting fucking sucks! So, after months of writing, it's great to finally be in the studio tracking the new album. It's not rocket science...it's epic, it's brutal, it's fucking Skeletonwitch! We can't wait for everyone to hear it.
"We'd also like to officially welcome aboard our newest member Dustin Boltjes. He's a great fucking dude and an animal behind the kit. We couldn't have found a better fit. Welcome aboard, brother!"
After finishing tracking, the band will head to Europe for a run of dates which will include stops at several festivals. The band will be participating in a fall North American tour along with CHTHONIC and two other bands, which will be announced on the site in the coming days.
SKELETONWITCH's confirmed dates, as of now, are as follows:
8/4 Dortmund, NW, DE- FZW Freizeitzentrum West
8/6 Wacken, GER- Wacken Open Air
8/8 Toulouse, FR- La Dynamo
8/9 Montpellier, FR- The Secret Place
8/11 Jaromer, Czech Republic- Brutal Assault
8/12 Schlotheim, GER- Party San
8/13 Walton On Trent, UK- Canton Hall/Bloodstock
8/14 Nottingham, UK- Rock City
8/16 London, UK- Barfly
8/19 Dinkelsbühl, GER- Summer Breeze
8/20 Dinkelsbühl, GER- Summer Breeze
SKELETONWITCH recently completed a run with 3 Inches of Blood, which saw them appear once again at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festval in Worcester, Mass. The band spent the past year and a half supporting"Breathing the Fire," which was recorded in Seattle with legendary producer Jack Endino (Nirvana, High On Fire, Soundgarden) and debuted at #151 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart and #2 on the magazine's Heatseekers' Chart. The band spent time on the road with Cannibal Corpse, 1349, Children of Bodom and The Black Dahlia Murder, among others, and appeared on 2010's Ozzfest.