Skeletonwitch - Beyond the Permafrost (CD)
Catalog number: 10048-2
Five Ohioans tearing up ’80s-evocative thrash with–surprise!– blackened Abbath snarl atop those absolutely classic melodic dual guitar riffs. So nice. At times, vocalist Chance Garnette’s growls guide the procession (he jumps between Popeye treble and death-low bass); here, it’s the buoyant, slippery, nimble, addictive picking (or non) of Chance’s brother Nathan, fellow six-stringer Scott Hedrick and bassist Eric Harris, each locating metal's elusive holy grail. Seriously, pause a few seconds and absorb the synchronization — ought to bring you back to Megadeth, Metallica and Exodus in the backseat of that first Chevy Impala.