SKELETONWITCH Announce Exit Of Drummer Dustin Boltjes; Name Replacement For Upcoming Tour w/ OBITUARY, PALLBEARER & DUST BOLT

(Dustin Boltjes)

(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Senior Writer/Journalist, RiffRelevant.com)

Ohio’s blackened thrash band Skeletonwitch have shared the news that drummer Dustin Boltjes has exited the band on amicable terms, it would seem.

They have also informed fans that Jon Rice, who has served time previously as the kit-man for Job For A Cowboy, has been named Boltjes’ replacement.  The statement reads:

At this time, we feel it’s necessary to inform everyone that Skeletonwitch has parted ways with Dustin BoltjesDustin gave much of his creativity, time, and energy to the band, and for that we thank him and wish him the best. Jon Rice will be handling drum duties for the time being. See you all on the road.

(Jon Rice)

This does not come as a major or shocking surprise, really, as Dustin Boltjes (as Dee Wrathchild) has been making some interesting waves lately with his other band, Sacred Leather.  That band recently issued their latest album, “Ultimate Force“, and you can read more about it, and hear some of their music right here.

As for Skeletonwitch, they’re not far off from hitting the road in May, as part of a full-on North American touring assault.  The trek will see them joining Pallbearer and Dust Bolt as the trio of bands support Obituary [dates below].

May 02 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
May 03 Greensboro, NC @ The Blind Tiger
May 04 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
May 05 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
May 06 Boston, MA @ Sinclair
May 08 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
May 09 Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
May 10 Rochester, NY @ Main Street Armory
May 11 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
May 12 Detroit, MI @ Majestic
May 13 Chicago, IL @ Metro
May 15 Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
May 16 Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
May 18 Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
May 19 Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
May 21 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
May 22 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
May 23 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
May 25 San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
May 26 Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
May 27 Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
May 29 Austin, TX @ Barracuda
May 30 Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
May 31 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
Jun 01 Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
Jun 02 Orlando, FL @ The Haven Lounge
Jun 03 Miami, FL @ The Ground