AOTY 2018

Devouring Radiant Light

Skeletonwitch - Devouring Radiant Light
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2018 Ratings: #74 / 702
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Based on 65 ratings
2018 Ratings: #173
July 20, 2018 / Release Date
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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.


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

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.

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.

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

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.

A.V. Club
It’s unpretentious, meaty stuff built for headbanging and not much more.
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
First track is a certified banger 💦💦
This is the first Skeletonwitch album I enjoyed immensely. Something about the bands previous works just felt like they were missing something, the thrash-revival sound is just overdone and not exciting at all. With a change of sound for the band, they have created their best work to date, no question. This is a black metal album, reminds me of some second wave bands such as Immortal or Dissection. The production, the riffs, the melodies are incredible, and the overall atmosphere the band ... read more
I absolutely live the idea of mixing Thrash and Black Metal together and this album does a very good job of that! I just wish the production gave it more "OOMPH!" especially in the drumming department which is sadly kept to a dull roar on certain tracks. Bash my ears with percussion please!!!
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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