Devouring Radiant Light

Skeletonwitch - Devouring Radiant Light
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2018 Ratings: #85 / 830
User Score
Based on 97 ratings
2018 Ratings: #266
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July 20, 2018 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Metal Sucks

Devouring Radiant Light is a gargantuan statement that somehow tucks itself into three quarters of an hour. From songwriting to production value, from performance mastery to the control and channeling of influences, everything about Devouring Radiant Light is exciting, commanding and compelling.

90
Exclaim!

Devouring Radiant Light is like the James Bond of metal albums — it's mature and well-composed, yet lethal enough to be badass.

80
The Independent

With Skeletonwitch, by and large, falling under the umbrella term of black metal, it’s unsurprising that Devouring Radiant Light should be as heavy and as blisteringly uncompromising a record as it is. That said, while certainly an exercise in catharsis, it’s also a nuanced release, perfectly exhibiting the band’s understanding of black metal’s more refined facets.

80
Metal Injection

Devouring Radiant Light is a very strong effort. Any new fans of the band that are into the genre will be into it. Anyone expecting a new Skeletonwitch record will be in for a shock though.

79
Pitchfork
For the first time in their decade-plus career, nuance is just as important as nastiness, and it pays off in spades.
78
Sputnikmusic

Devouring Radiant Light is anything but commercial or standard; it’s a raucous and vicious black metal record in the vein of Reinkaos era Dissection, with heavy middle-era Enslaved implications.

75
A.V. Club
It’s unpretentious, meaty stuff built for headbanging and not much more.
Aoaystheory
90
Good Wholesome Black Metal
chunderz
83
Skeletonwitch have always been a good band, but you felt like they were holding back a little bit, or were capable of so much more. With 'Devouring Radiant Light,' such a critique no longer exists.

Immediately when opener "Fen of Shadows" begins its blatant onslaught on the listener's ears, it is evident that this is an album that exudes confidence. This is due to a level of songwriting and production prowess of monolithic proportions. "Temple of the Sun" is one of the more ... read more
zachthesnack
87
This album is the definition of EPIC.

From the very first, radiant guitar chord I was hooked. Skelton witch took me on a journey through the atmospheric realm of Thrash and Black Metal. This thing felt truly sinister. The low growls on here are insane and their drummer must have a third mechanical arm or something, because I have no idea how he was able to do some of those sequences. This went a bit under the radar, and is easily on of my sleeper picks for 2018, go check it out!
PitchforkClone
79
The Ohio party animals scale back the turnt-up thrash of their past in favor of nuanced black metal—without losing their feral edge—on their first full-length with vocalist Adam Clemans.

The past five years have seen major changes for the Ohio metal band Skeletonwitch. During the New England leg of their October 2014 tour, firebrand frontman Chance Garnette suddenly left the band. Several days later, Massachusetts authorities charged him with assault and battery of a ... read more
SchmutapaHell
80
Originally rated using RYM's rating scale.
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Track List

  1. Fen of Shadows
  2. When Paradise Fades
  3. Temple of the Sun
  4. Devouring Radiant Light
  5. The Luminous Sky
  6. The Vault
  7. Carnarium Eternal
  8. Sacred Soil
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Added on: April 26, 2018