Is Skeletonwitch Ohio's greatest active metal band? They certainly get around more than most, touring relentlessly in orbit of their Athens home base. Their hellish thrash has conquered this country coast to coast and expanded its merciless dominion overseas. And last fall's "Breathing the Fire" LP still burns brightly and painfully a year later.

Is Skeletonwitch Ohio's greatest active metal band? They certainly get around more than most, touring relentlessly in orbit of their Athens home base. Their hellish thrash has conquered this country coast to coast and expanded its merciless dominion overseas. And last fall's "Breathing the Fire" LP still burns brightly and painfully a year later.

Formidable as Skeletonwitch may be, Columbus has a handful of acts that could go toe-to-toe with them in a death match. One example, Deadsea, will join them Friday at Ruby Tuesday. Tourmate Landmine Marathon completes the bill.