Skeletonwitch Serpents Unleashed on Limited Edition LP
Since signing with Prosthetic, a new Skeletonwitch album has materialized like clockwork almost every other October. First, there was the group's sophomore breakthrough, Beyond The Permafrost. Produced by late GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot, the album told the world what the rest of Ohio already knew: that Skeletonwitch was a metal force to be reckoned with.
Then came 2009′s Breathing The Fire, produced by the legendary Jack Endino (Nirvana, High On Fire, 3 Inches of Blood). Supported by tours with Cannibal Corpse, Children of Bodom and Ozzfest, the album was the band's first featuring bassist Evan Linger and also their first to crack the Billboard Top 200. In 2011, Forever Abomination – produced by Grammy-winner Matt Hyde (Slayer, Deftones) – saw the arrival of drummer Dustin Boltjes (ex-Demiricous), as well as a return visit to the Billboard Top 200.
2013 yielded Serpents Unleashed, the group's fifth and latest release. Recorded with Kurt Ballou (Converge, High On Fire, Isis) in Salem, MA., the album – which features artwork by Baizley, who returned to the fold for the first time in six years – is another blistering helping of two-and-a-half minute blasts of blackened metal amalgamation. T
This time around, the band also shows off a few new tricks – note the Scandinavian doom-vibe in the opening of "Unending, Everliving" and the devil's swing of "This Evil Embrace" – but does so without compromising the frosty/fiery/abominable metal spirit or blue-collar humility that has endeared them to so many over the past decade. Ultimately, it's both a fitting testament to what they've accomplished to date, and an exciting nod toward what the future has in store.