Skeletonwitch are currently on tour with Amon Amarth in support of their latest album 'Serpents Unleashed,' but their last couple shows have been as an instrumental four-piece. That's because vocalist Chance Garnette has left the tour to address what the band calls "serious personal matters."

The group intends to stay on the tour and keep playing as a quartet without a singer. Check out a fan-shot clip of Skeletonwitch performing 'Within My Blood' Oct. 18 in Brooklyn, N.Y at the bottom of this post. The band has posted the following statement about Garnette's absence on their official Facebook page:

Lately there have been a lot of rumors, speculation, and assumptions, regarding Skeletonwitch. We want to set the record straight.

Unfortunately, Chance is unable to finish out the tour as he has some serious personal matters to attend to. We ask you to respect his and our privacy regarding these matters.

This obviously left us with a very difficult decision to make and we've decided to finish out the tour as a 4-piece.

We made the assumption that Skeletonwitch fans attending the shows would rather see 4 of us ripping through our songs, than a piece of paper on the door announcing our cancellation. If the first 2 shows were any indication, we assumed correctly.

You have our sincerest apologies for not being able to bring you the full show, and for canceling the stop in Albany.

We thank everyone for their understanding and their support now and in the future.

Please come out to the remaining shows for riffs, beers, and hi-fives with us. At the risk of sounding too sentimental, music is equally important, if not more so, during rough times as well as the good.

Skeletonwitch is not going anywhere. See you soon.

Skeletonwitch's current tour with Amon Amarth and Sabaton wraps up Nov. 9 in Tucson, Ariz. They have a couple more November shows as well. For their complete calendar, go here.

Skeletonwitch, 'Within My Blood'

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