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* BadassBeard: Nate Garnette. Chance also sported a fairly impressive one.


* TheAlcoholic[=/=]CantHoldHisLiquor: What got Chance Garnette fired. He had a serious longstanding drinking problem, but what pushed it over the edge was the fact that he was a sloppy and often abusive and violent drunk whose behavior regularly embarrassed the band even when he wasn't starting shit with people while he was drunk, and it was a drunken physical assault on his brother at Rock & Shock 2014 in Worcester that finally got him thrown out for good.

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* TheAlcoholic[=/=]CantHoldHisLiquor: What got Chance Garnette fired. He had a serious longstanding drinking problem, but what pushed it over the edge was the fact that he was a sloppy and often abusive and violent drunk whose behavior regularly embarrassed the band even when he wasn't starting shit with people while he was drunk, and it was a drunken physical assault on his brother at Rock & Shock 2014 girlfriend in Worcester the lobby of a hotel in Massachusetts after downing one too many shots that finally got him thrown out for good.



* ThrashMetal: A major component of their sound, and they were often lumped in with the 2000s retro-thrash movement even though they really didn't have that much in common with most of those acts.

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* ThrashMetal: A major component of their sound, and they were often lumped in with the 2000s retro-thrash movement even though they really didn't have that much in common with most of those acts.acts.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: The band's general stance towards Chance Garnette. Nate has tried his best to reconcile with him while still maintaining boundaries (namely making it clear that he will never, ever be allowed back in), while the rest of the band is happy to keep their distance.


Everything remained steady until October of 2014, when Chance Garnette abruptly dropped off of a tour with no explanation until it emerged that he had appeared in a Massachusetts district court on assault and battery charges, and the band finally issued an official explanation: Chance's longstanding drinking problem had reached unmanageable levels, and they were forced to kick him out in the middle of a tour, with the straw that broke the camel's back clearly being a physical fight with his brother. They managed to draft Andy "Weedgrinder" Horn (ex-Cannabis Corpse) as a fill-in for a European tour the following year, but everything went silent after that. That silence was eventually lifted in early 2016, when they announced Adam Clemans (Wolvhammer, ex-Veil of Maya) as their new vocalist, and ''The Apothic Gloom'', their first release with Clemans, dropped that August. They did not really tour that much, however, and things stayed relatively quiet throughout 2017 and into 2018, until they announced two things: a major spring tour with Music/{{Obituary}}, and a new full-length. ''Devouring Radiant Light'' will drop in July of 2018. Additionally, Boltjes left shortly before the tour started; while an official replacement has not yet been announced, [[Music/JobForACowboy Jon Rice]] will be filling in until they find one.

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Everything remained steady until October of 2014, when Chance Garnette abruptly dropped off of a tour with no explanation until it emerged that he had appeared in a Massachusetts district court on assault and battery charges, and the band finally issued an official explanation: Chance's Chance was no longer a member, and Chance himself later clarified that his longstanding drinking problem had finally reached unmanageable levels, a breaking point and they were forced to kick had gotten him out in the middle of a tour, with the straw that broke the camel's back clearly being a physical fight with his brother.kicked out. They managed to draft Andy "Weedgrinder" Horn (ex-Cannabis Corpse) as a fill-in for a European tour the following year, but everything went silent after that. That silence was eventually lifted in early 2016, when they announced Adam Clemans (Wolvhammer, ex-Veil of Maya) as their new vocalist, and ''The Apothic Gloom'', their first release with Clemans, dropped that August. They did not really tour that much, however, and things stayed relatively quiet throughout 2017 and into 2018, until they announced two things: a major spring tour with Music/{{Obituary}}, and a new full-length. ''Devouring Radiant Light'' will drop in July of 2018. Additionally, Boltjes left shortly before the tour started; while an official replacement has not yet been announced, [[Music/JobForACowboy Jon Rice]] will be filling in until they find one.


* MetalBandMascot: The skeletal demon (possibly their namesake) that was on all of their Chance Garnette-era album covers.

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* MetalBandMascot: The Skeleton Mitch, the skeletal demon (possibly their namesake) demon/lich that was on all of their Chance Garnette-era album covers.


* StartMyOwn: Eric Harris started Gypsyhawk, which eventually broke up in 2015 before getting a new lease on life as Gygax.

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* StartMyOwn: Eric Harris started Gypsyhawk, which eventually broke up in 2015 before getting a new lease on life as Gygax. Subverted with Dustin Boltjes and Sacred Leather, as he joined after they had formed.


Everything remained stead until October of 2014, when Chance Garnette abruptly dropped off of a tour with no explanation until it emerged that he had appeared in a Massachusetts district court on assault and battery charges, and the band finally issued an official explanation: Chance's longstanding drinking problem had reached unmanageable levels, and they were forced to kick him out in the middle of a tour, with the straw that broke the camel's back clearly being a physical fight with his brother. They managed to draft Andy "Weedgrinder" Horn (ex-Cannabis Corpse) as a fill-in for a European tour the following year, but everything went silent after that. That silence was eventually lifted in early 2016, when they announced Adam Clemans (Wolvhammer, ex-Veil of Maya) as their new vocalist, and ''The Apothic Gloom'', their first release with Clemans, dropped that August. They did not really tour that much, however, and things stayed relatively quiet throughout 2017 and into 2018, until they announced two things: a major spring tour with Music/{{Obituary}}, and a new full-length. ''Devouring Radiant Light'' will drop in July of 2018. Additionally, Boltjes left shortly before the tour started; while an official replacement has not yet been announced, [[Music/JobForACowboy Jon Rice]] will be filling in until they find one.

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Everything remained stead steady until October of 2014, when Chance Garnette abruptly dropped off of a tour with no explanation until it emerged that he had appeared in a Massachusetts district court on assault and battery charges, and the band finally issued an official explanation: Chance's longstanding drinking problem had reached unmanageable levels, and they were forced to kick him out in the middle of a tour, with the straw that broke the camel's back clearly being a physical fight with his brother. They managed to draft Andy "Weedgrinder" Horn (ex-Cannabis Corpse) as a fill-in for a European tour the following year, but everything went silent after that. That silence was eventually lifted in early 2016, when they announced Adam Clemans (Wolvhammer, ex-Veil of Maya) as their new vocalist, and ''The Apothic Gloom'', their first release with Clemans, dropped that August. They did not really tour that much, however, and things stayed relatively quiet throughout 2017 and into 2018, until they announced two things: a major spring tour with Music/{{Obituary}}, and a new full-length. ''Devouring Radiant Light'' will drop in July of 2018. Additionally, Boltjes left shortly before the tour started; while an official replacement has not yet been announced, [[Music/JobForACowboy Jon Rice]] will be filling in until they find one.


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* TheBandMinusTheFace: The reaction by a good portion of the fanbase after Chance was fired. While few would debate that he desperately needed to go for the sake of the band's survival, many of them saw him as an essential part of the band's identity and felt that Adam Clemans, while competent, just wasn't the same.


* SpecialGuest: [[Music/{{Angelcorpse}} Tony]][[Music/{{Nile}} Laureano]], Andy Horn (ex-Cannabis Corpse), and [[Music/JobForACowboy Jon Rice]] have all served as live fill-ins.

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* SpecialGuest: [[Music/{{Angelcorpse}} Tony]][[Music/{{Nile}} Tony]] [[Music/{{Nile}} Laureano]], Andy Horn (ex-Cannabis Corpse), and [[Music/JobForACowboy Jon Rice]] have all served as live fill-ins.


* RoleEndingMisdemeanor: While the band was sick of his shit and the writing was on the wall for Chance Garnette either way, drunkenly attacking his brother in October of 2014 was what truly did him in.


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* StartMyOwn: Eric Harris started Gypsyhawk, which eventually broke up in 2015 before getting a new lease on life as Gygax.

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Skeletonwitch is an American melodic death metal band. A promising up-and-comer in the 2000s that took the scene by storm, they quickly made a name for themselves as a reliable, no-nonsense purveyor of melodic death, and while the loss of a key member in 2015 took some wind out of their sails, they are slowly but surely restoring themselves.

Formed in Athens, Ohio in 2003 by Chance Garnette (vocals), Nate Garnette, Scott Hedrick (guitars), Jimi Shestina (bass), and Derrick Nau (drums), they quickly built up a local live reputation and wasted no time in releasing ''At One with the Shadows'', their full-length debut, in 2004. Shestina did not last past 2005, however, and he was replaced by Eric Harris. A demo was also released that year, and 2006 brought the ''Worship the Witch'' EP. A deal with Prosthetic Records was inked around that time, and they hit the road almost immediately after in 2007. ''Beyond the Permafrost'', their major-label debut, was released that October and was supported with a nonstop barrage of touring; indeed, few bands toured as much as Skeletonwitch did around that time. They managed to take just enough time off to write and record a followup, and ''Breathing the Fire'' was released in the fall of 2009. The touring had also proved to be too much for Harris, who left in 2008 and was replaced by Evan Linger. The touring remained steady, and aside from a set of 7" singles in 2010, there was nothing out of the ordinary to report. Another lineup change occurred in early 2011, when Nau left and was replaced by Dustin Boltjes (Demiricous). ''Forever Abomination'', their fourth full-length, was released in the fall of that year, and so it went, with another battery of touring followed by another full-length in 2013, this time titled ''Serpents Unleashed''.

Everything remained stead until October of 2014, when Chance Garnette abruptly dropped off of a tour with no explanation until it emerged that he had appeared in a Massachusetts district court on assault and battery charges, and the band finally issued an official explanation: Chance's longstanding drinking problem had reached unmanageable levels, and they were forced to kick him out in the middle of a tour, with the straw that broke the camel's back clearly being a physical fight with his brother. They managed to draft Andy "Weedgrinder" Horn (ex-Cannabis Corpse) as a fill-in for a European tour the following year, but everything went silent after that. That silence was eventually lifted in early 2016, when they announced Adam Clemans (Wolvhammer, ex-Veil of Maya) as their new vocalist, and ''The Apothic Gloom'', their first release with Clemans, dropped that August. They did not really tour that much, however, and things stayed relatively quiet throughout 2017 and into 2018, until they announced two things: a major spring tour with Music/{{Obituary}}, and a new full-length. ''Devouring Radiant Light'' will drop in July of 2018. Additionally, Boltjes left shortly before the tour started; while an official replacement has not yet been announced, [[Music/JobForACowboy Jon Rice]] will be filling in until they find one.
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!!Discography:
* ''At One with the Shadows'' (2004)
* ''Live, Friday the 13th'' (2004) (live video)
* ''Demo'' (2005)
* ''Worship the Witch'' (2006) (EP)
* ''Beyond the Permafrost'' (2007)
* ''Breathing the Fire'' (2009)
* ''At One with the Shadows / Bringer of Death'' (2010) (single)
* ''The Skullsplitter / No Rest for the Dead'' (2011) (single)
* ''Onward to Battle / The Infernal Resurrection'' (2011) (single)
* ''Tragedy of Days'' (2011) (single)
* ''Forever Abomination'' (2011)
* ''Serpents Unleashed'' (2013)
* ''Unending, Everliving'' (2014) (single)
* ''Well of Despair'' (2016) (single)
* ''The Apothic Gloom'' (2016) (EP)
* ''Devouring Radiant Light'' (2018)
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!!The band contains examples of the following tropes:
* TheAlcoholic[=/=]CantHoldHisLiquor: What got Chance Garnette fired. He had a serious longstanding drinking problem, but what pushed it over the edge was the fact that he was a sloppy and often abusive and violent drunk whose behavior regularly embarrassed the band even when he wasn't starting shit with people while he was drunk, and it was a drunken physical assault on his brother at Rock & Shock 2014 in Worcester that finally got him thrown out for good.
* BadassBeard: Nate Garnette. Chance also sported a fairly impressive one.
* BlackMetal: They always had an undercurrent of melodic black metal, though "Red Death, White Light" on ''The Apothic Gloom'' was a detour into a straight example of melodic black metal. ''Devouring Radiant Light'' wound up being a full jump into the genre.
* EpicRocking: "The Vault" (8:57), "Fen of Shadows" (7:58), "Red Death, White Light" (7:12), "Devouring Radiant Light" (6:46), and "Sacred Soil" (6:39).
* MelodicDeathMetal: A darker and heavily thrash-influenced variant, but this was still their core genre up until ''[[NewSoundAlbum Devouring Radiant Light]]''.
* MetalBandMascot: The skeletal demon (possibly their namesake) that was on all of their Chance Garnette-era album covers.
* MetalScream: Chance Garnette and Adam Clemans are both Type 3s, though Clemans has a bit of a punk-flavored Type 1 edge to his.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: A 9 for their entire career, dipping into a soft 9/hard 8 on their more melodic tracks.
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Devouring Radiant Light'' is a GenreShift to melodic black metal. This was foreshadowed with "Red Death, White Light" on ''The Apothic Gloom'', which was otherwise a fairly straightforward Skeletonwitch release in spite of the vocalist change.
* RoleEndingMisdemeanor: While the band was sick of his shit and the writing was on the wall for Chance Garnette either way, drunkenly attacking his brother in October of 2014 was what truly did him in.
* SiblingTeam: The Garnette brothers (Chance and Nate) until the former was fired in 2014.
* SpecialGuest: [[Music/{{Angelcorpse}} Tony]][[Music/{{Nile}} Laureano]], Andy Horn (ex-Cannabis Corpse), and [[Music/JobForACowboy Jon Rice]] have all served as live fill-ins.
* StrictlyFormula: From ''At One with the Shadows'' up until ''The Apothic Gloom'', the band was known for putting out releases with no real stylistic deviations or left turns to speak of, with "Red Death, White Light" being something of an OutOfGenreExperience that wound up being an early look at an eventual change in sound. This finally changed with ''Devouring Radiant Light''.
* ThrashMetal: A major component of their sound, and they were often lumped in with the 2000s retro-thrash movement even though they really didn't have that much in common with most of those acts.

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