Skeletonwitch & Black Anvil @ Union Pool in Brooklyn – pics
words by BBG, photos by Chloe Rice
Metal Underground: You've toured with some great bands already. Like you said, you just got off the Children of Bodom tour, Danzig, which had to be really cool, and many other people. Who's been your favorite to tour with?
Scott (of Skeletonwitch): I don't think I could pick a favorite. We haven't had a bad experience. Especially, the bigger tours; definitely not. Maybe some smaller, earlier tours when we were in the pick-up truck which just sucked sometimes on our own account. But, everybody's been cool to us; Glen Danzig was fucking awesome. One of the coolest guys ever, took care of us and everything. Same thing with Amon Amarth and same thing with Bodom.
Chance (of Skeletonwitch): Yeah, we would run out of beer, Bodom would [say]," Take some of ours, we have too much." I have negative [to say] about the large tours. I'm glad to be a part of it.
Scott: A lot of bands won't tell you if it was bad. But, really, it wasn't. Like, I got nothing; don't have any dirt on anybody. Everybody was cool.
Metallica, schmetallica. The biggest metal band EVAR was filling MSG at that moment, but metalheads rejoiced for a different reason in Brooklyn, as Skeletonwitch and Black Anvil destroyed Union Pool on Saturday night (11/14). It was the second night in a row of the three-night Blackened Music Series weekend which ended Sunday at Le Poisson Rouge with Shrinebuilder. It started Friday at Union Pool with Krallice - a mayhem-filled show. I didn't think it could get any crazier on Saturday, but once Skeletonwitch demanded a circle pit, and GOT ONE, I knew I was wrong.
There are many that do blackened thrash, thrash, or some variant thereof, but what separates the 'witch (and Municipal Waste, DRI, and a select few others for that matter) from the pack is that the boys don't take themselves too seriously. Every song was introduced by a tongue in cheek intro ("This one's about Satannnnnnnnn!") by vocalist Chance, and followed by the nail-cuffed Ohioan zig-zagging across the stage, pointing at audience members and crowdsurfers while screeching out lyrics. Many PBRs went into the wildman's perfomrnace/theatricality, and all I could do was beam from ear to ear. Skeletonwitch is a very fun live band.
The show was the last US date in 2009 for the hard-touring Skeletonwitch. They're prepping to hit Europe in the tail end of November and December. All dates and more pictures from Union Pool, below...
SKELTONWITCH, GOATWHORE, TOXIC HOLOCAUST - 2009 TOUR DATES
Nov 27 2009 Doornroosje Nijmegen
Nov 28 2009 Minus One Gent
Nov 29 2009 White Rabbit Plymouth
Nov 30 2009 Ivory Blacks Glasgow, Scotland
Dec 1 2009 Corporation Sheffield
Dec 2 2009 Underworld London
Dec 3 2009 Eddie's Birmingham
Dec 5 2009 HARD ROCK HELL FESTIVAL Prestatyn Sands, Wales
Dec 7 2009 Le Ferrailleur Nantes
Dec 8 2009 Exhaus Trier
Dec 9 2009 Hafenklang Hamburg
Dec 10 2009 Loppen Copenhagen
Dec 11 2009 Cassiopeia Berlin
Dec 12 2009 Eastclub Bischofswerda
Dec 13 2009 Wagon Wroclaw
Dec 14 2009 007 Prague
Dec 15 2009 Feierwerk München
Dec 16 2009 Soundcheck Arcene, Bergamo
Dec 17 2009 Abart Zürich
Dec 18 2009 Steinbruch TheaterDarmstadt