Devouring Radiant Light
Skeletonwitch - Devouring Radiant Light
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Based on 7 reviews
2018 Ratings: #37 / 464
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Based on 47 ratings
2018 Ratings: #102
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.
Jul 20, 2018
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
Jul 20, 2018
First track is a certified banger 💦💦
Jul 31, 2018
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
Aug 14, 2018
▲ Fen of Shadows, When Paradise Fades
Jul 25, 2018
With their first album with Adam Clemens on vocals, Skeletonwitch come through with one of the more memorable albums in their discography in a while. They’re thinking outside the box here in a big way, and more often than not it’s shocking just how quickly Clemens has meshed with the band. There are some elements of Death Metal, Black Metal, even Metalcore at times (the last one there being probably the most suspect of the bunch), all played with Skeletonwitch’s usual ... read more
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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