Music » Band of the Week


Beyond the Permafrost (Prosthetic)


The mere presence of a track titled "Soul Thrashing Black Sorcery" says everything you need to know about Beyond the Permafrost. It's the third release from Skeletonwitch, the death-thrash-power-metal beast that emigrated from Columbus to Cleveland a couple years back.

Frontman Chance Garnette hacks up low-register rage from his gut. When his lyrics are intelligible, they're quick, violent images of displaced eyes, severed heads, and emerging evils. And the music matches.

Flashing serious chops, the quintet invades like a raiding party. Guitarists Nate Garnette and Scott Hedrick rotate between speedy riffs, bang-your-head grooves, and glory-or-death harmonies. In a mere three minutes, "Sacrifice for the Slaughtergod" charges through so many different styles of metal that you won't know whether to mosh, play air guitar, stage dive, or flash goat horns. But don't worry about looking foolish if you wind up doing all four -- you won't be alone.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.