Skeletonwitch Guitarists Nate Garnette and Scott Hedrick Talk New Album, 'Devouring Radiant Light'

(Image credit: Nate photo: Andreas Bendit Fahle | Scott photo: James Vandergriff with BSO Music & Entertainment)

Following a 10-year-plus slog that began with gigs at nightclubs and evolved to middle slots at mid-sized venues and numerous appearances at European summer festivals, shockingly, the members of Athens, Ohio-based powerhouse metal band Skeletonwitch nearly ground to an abrupt halt.

In late 2014, vocalist Chance Garnette, brother of guitarist Nate, was arrested and charged with “assault and battery on a family/household member” and promptly fired, leaving the history of the group uncertain. Scrambling to finish the shows they had already scheduled, Skeletonwitch hired their friend Andy Horn of Battlemaster to fill in. Once they were off tour, founding guitarists Nate Garnette and Scott Hedrick struggled to decide whether it was time to bury Skeletonwitch.

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Jon Wiederhorn

Jon is an author, journalist, and podcaster who recently wrote and hosted the first 12-episode season of the acclaimed Backstaged: The Devil in Metal, an exclusive from Diversion Podcasts/iHeart. He is also the primary author of the popular Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal and the sole author of Raising Hell: Backstage Tales From the Lives of Metal Legends. In addition, he co-wrote I'm the Man: The Story of That Guy From Anthrax (with Scott Ian), Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen (with Al Jourgensen), and My Riot: Agnostic Front, Grit, Guts & Glory (with Roger Miret). Wiederhorn has worked on staff as an associate editor for Rolling Stone, Executive Editor of Guitar Magazine, and senior writer for MTV News. His work has also appeared in Spin, Entertainment Weekly,, Revolver, Inked, and other publications and websites.