The cover artwork for "Breathing the Fire", the new full-length album from Athens, Ohio's SKELETONWITCH, can be viewed below. The cover was designed by Andrei Bouzikov, who has previously worked with MUNICIPAL WASTE and many others.
Commented guitarist Scott Hedrick: "The art really sums up the new album and what drew me to heavy metal in the first place: it's brutal, evil, and in a sadistic way, it's f#$king fun! 'Breathing the Fire' is meaner, faster, and far more sickening than 'Beyond the Permafrost', and the art reflects that. We went for the jugular, and so does Andrei's art. He did an amazing job. It's f#$king killer when the artist and band share a similar approach: organic. Blood and sweat, ink and paint, tubes in amps, and non-triggered drums. A set of balls. Not gym shorts, sterile computer generated art, effects pedals and redundant arpeggios."
SKELETONWITCH began recording "Breathing The Fire" on June 14 with producer Jack Endino (NIRVANA, HIGH ON FIRE, TOXIC HOLOCAUST). The CD is being tracked in Seattle at both Studio Litho (owned by PEARL JAM guitarist Stone Gossard) and Endino's own Soundhouse Recording. An October 13 release via Prosthetic Records is expected.
SKELETONWITCH will team up with CHILDREN OF BODOM for a North American tour in the fall. Also appearing on the bill is THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER.
Throughout the first few months of 2009, SKELETONWITCH has continued to tour extensively in support of its latest album, "Beyond The Permafrost". In recent weeks, the group delivered a show-stealing performance at the inaugural Scion Rock Fest, played multiple South By Southwest (SXSW) showcases with labelmates KYLESA and crossed the country with AMON AMARTH.
Since signing with Prosthetic in 2007, SKELETONWITCH has performed more than 300 concerts and toured with a who's who of heavy metal, including DANZIG, DIMMU BORGIR, MUNICIPAL WASTE, NACHTMYSTIUM, JOB FOR A COWBOY, DARKEST HOUR, CEPHALIC CARNAGE and many more.