Music / Skelteria

Skelteria is a Thrash Metal band from Dallas, TX. Although it is obscure, it has become somewhat viral in Europe thanks to a couple of webzines and it's video for "Dying Naked" being featured on

  • 12/15/09 (demo) - 2009
  • The Nightmare Begins - 2011
  • Just For the Hell of It (EP) - 2012
  • Skelteria - 2012
  • Finally Live - 2013
  • Damned and Loving It - 2016

Current lineup:
  • Evan Cotner: vocals, guitars (2008-present)
  • Lori Hildebrandt: bass, vocals (2015-2016, 2017-present)
  • UNIT#24601: drums (see Robot Buddy below)

Former members:
  • Chris Wise: lead guitar (2008-2009)
  • Nathan Clough: bass (2010-2011)
  • Andy Bratton (2011)
  • Mike Nestick bass (2011-2012)
  • Nick Klepin: guitars (2015), bass (2014-2015)
  • Kim Shank: bass (2015)

Skelteria shows these tropes:

  • Album Title Drop: The Nightmare Begins.
  • Animated Music Video: "The Nightmare Begins" and "Free Candy For All!!!" (Although the latter is more of a slideshow.)
  • Author Appeal: Demonic imagery. And Jane's bare feet.
  • Careful with That Axe: Cotner's Seth-Putnam-esque screeches in "Incubus/Dark Harvest" and "Funeral For a Dream" are straightforward metal screams. In fact, this trope is featured more prominently in Skelteria than in any previous works.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: "Candy Corn Pumpkins" and the new song "Death to the Fantasy".
  • Cover Album: The EP Just For the Hell of It borderlines on this.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Jane is a barefooter.
    • Lori Hildebrandt performed barefoot for a couple gigs.
  • Dolled-Up Installment: "Inhaled Southern Darkforest" was originally recorded for a separate side project of the same name.
  • Doomy Dooms of Doom: "Filler of DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!"
  • Dramatic Thunder: Used in the re-recorded version of "The Wettening".
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The 12/15/09 demo as listed:
    • The drumming is 90% double-bass drumming with no tom-toms or crash-cymbals.
    • Cotner's vocals sound like hardcore tough-guy-growling rather than the thrashy yelling-style that fans are familiar with.
    • Cotner did not perform the guitar solos and instead downloaded generic solos and Dime-squeals by anonymous players.
    • There are no bass lines.
    • "Free Candy For All!!!" is the only recorded Skelteria song to feature a guest performance: a NOOOOOOO!!!! growl courtesy of Chase Paranormal from The Sever Display.
  • Excited Show Title!!: "Free Candy For All!!!"
  • Fake Shemp: In 2009, guitarist Chris Wise left the band before recording of the demo began, so Cotner downloaded generic guitar solos and "Dime-squeals" from the Internet and credited the performers as "Anonymous".
  • A Hell of a Time: "Roasting Marshmallows on the Fires of Hell" and "Damned and Loving It" basically encompass the idea of actually enjoying eternal damnation.
  • I Am the Band: Skelteria was Evan Cotner, A Robot, and whoever he could find to play bass until he officially decided to make it a one-man band in 2012. The one-man-band era ended when Nick Klepin joined the band in November 2014.
    • It reverted back to one-man due to Lori Hildebrandt's departure, only for her to rejoin in 2017.
  • Instrumentals: "Death" from the 12/15/09 demo, "Open the Coffin" from The Nightmare Begins, the early guitar demo "Ear Killer", and "Stygian Lament" from Damned and Loving It.
  • Mascot/Metal Band Mascot: Jane of Trinity, Patron Saint of Satan.
  • Mind Screw: Skelteria's lyrics are typically written in a non-sequitir style. Ditto for the music videos.
  • Miniscule Rocking: Many of Skelteria's songs are less than 3 minutes long.
  • Precision F-Strike: Many songs contain at least one.
  • Re-release the Song: Two songs from the 2009 demo, "The Wettening" and "St. Trinity", were re-recorded for the albums Just For the Hell of It and Skelteria respectively.
  • Revolving Door Band: In relation to the above mentioned one-man-band status, Cotner has stated that the lineup has never been stable. It had numerous members that aren't even listed on any databases.
  • Robot Buddy: UNIT#24601 is actually a stage prop made of cardboard, credited as an actual band member before his retirement in 2013. As of 2015, he's been re-included in the lineup. (Cotner actually does the drum programming himself)
  • Rock Me, Asmodeus!: from the song "Free Candy For All!!!"
    Jimi Hendrix played to summon Satan and passed the torch down to us!
  • Sampling: "Taco Supreme" samples the beginning of the Beavis and Butt-Head episode "No Laughing." Later versions add another Beavis and Butt-Head clip to the song.
    • "Funeral For a Dream" samples Beetlejuice and (once again) Beavis and Butt-Head.
    • "Skull" samples Homer Simpson killing historical figures in the Halloween episode "Dial 'Z' for Zombies."
    • When Skelteria performed live, clips from The Hunchback of Notre Dame and the rockumentary Metal: A Headbanger's Journey were used as intros to songs.
  • Satan
  • Shout-Out: UNIT#24601 for Les MisÚrables. Also, Kotner has cited Detsörgsekälf as the inspiration for Skelteria's tongue-in-cheek style..
  • The Southpaw: Evan Cotner is left-handed.
  • Surprisingly Gentle Song: "Midnight" and "Stygian Lament".
  • Thrash Metal
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: From 2011 to 2015, Cotner spelled his last name as "Kotner".