Melodic death thrashers Skeletonwitch have undergone some changes since they released Serpents Unleashed in 2013. Singer Chance Garnette was dismissed as the band welcomed Adam Clemans (Wolvhammer) into the fold. The Ohio vets are set to unleash The Aphotic Gloom EP and have dished out an epic new song, "Red Death, White Light."

The song helps to usher in the new era of Skeletonwitch with some refreshing new sounds sturdily fastened to their signature, hyper-melodic brand. There is an undeniable black metal lean as hypnotic passages weave their way around fleet-fingered fretwork and memorable harmonies. Clemans' rasp is also decidedly more in line with the genre, giving credence to the new direction.

Spanning seven minutes in length, Skeletonwitch explore a swath of sounds, opening with blast beats, tremolo-picked rhythms and searing leads drenched in delay and reverb to give it the effect of careening into the stratosphere. A punk-inflected rhythm begins to dominate the track, but the band's ceaseless sense of melody and bouncy tempos start to creep in and take shape.

The Aphotic Gloom will be released on Aug. 19 through Prosthetic records. Fans looking to pre-order the EP can do so here and can receive an instant download of "Red Death, White Light" if pre-ordered digitally. Catch Skeletonwitch on tour this summer, starting Aug. 2. A full list of stops can be found at our 2016 Guide to Rock + Metal Tours.

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