“Serpents Unleashed” is the fifth album for Ohio based Skeletonwitch. While listening to their catalogue it’s hard to believe that the band has been around for ten years. All of their albums still feel very contemporary. The latest album represents the biggest change in the style and execution, but the changes are adding more into the music, not replacing the great foundation Skeletonwitch has been built on.
Experience allows you to ease of the gas pedal occasionally and trading speed for control seems to work for Skeletonwitch. It warms my cold scandinavian heart to hear familiar doomy beginning of “Unending, Everliving". The band has paid more attention into the arrangements of the songs. In general a Watain like fast tremolo picking mixed with riff driven parts bring structure to the music that is not so prominent in many bands in the genre, including Skeletonwitches’ earlier albums.
The album demonstrates the bands ability to build different atmospheres around their songs. The old Skeletonwitch fans won’t be disappointed by “Serpents Unleashed” and this time around the band delivers something for the new crop of fans. The album artwork is done by no other than John Baizley of Baroness who also did covers for “Worship the Witch” EP and “Beyond the Permafrost” album.
The album will be available on 10/29 through Prosthetic Records.
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