Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the formation of SKELETONWITCH, Today on September 17, 2013 the black/thrash metal outfit from Ohio released the world premiere of the slasher/cult horror-themed music video for 'I Am Of Death (Hell Has Arrived),' a new song from the group's highly anticipated fifth studio offering, Serpents Unleashed.
Guitarist Nate Garnette comments, "It's never a bad time when you combine 100 beers, several bloody sheep skulls, murder in the woods and five headbanging maniacs. It's an even better time when the end result is a killer classic/slasher video. This time we went with the 'even better time.' Enjoy!"
Premiering on the horror movie fan blog Bloody-Disgusting.com the video finds SKELETONWITCH thrashing it up circle of fire style in the middle of the woods with sepia tones and a 'old tyme' filter added on in post to imitate the cracks and pops of yesteryear films.
Shot in true 70s horror fashion the video lets the viewer follow two stories. One of the murderous villain sharpening his blade and walking through the woods looking for victims. Along with two hikers who are un-intentionally walking into the shadowed killers trap.
For a music video which is supposed to play off the old 70s slasher films and especially one that is for a band like SKELETONWITCH, there was a definite lack of actual slashing. In-fact there was no blood that I could find, unless you count the stabbing of a severed heart in standard occult tribute fashion. The video only shows the implied murder of the hikers as their lifeless bodies are dumped into holes. Produced by Turn Style Films, another Ohio based firm which specializes in creepy music videos, I can't help but think the video should have gone further into the dark.
SKELETONWITCH has been teasing studio footage of the Serpents Unleashed recording sessions for the last few weeks and will be releasing the album in the US on October 29, 2013
Next month, SKELETONWITCH will initiate the massive Serpents Unleashed touring cycle by playing a handful of shows with Swedish occult rockers Ghost B.C., after which they'll embark on a full North American takeover with The Black Dahlia Murder. The band will kick off 2014 with a stateside journey alongside Amon Amarth and Enslaved. A full list of the group's upcoming live assaults are included below.
10/04/2013 Majestic Theatre - Madison, WI w/ Ghost B.C.
10/05/2013 Frank's Power Plant - Milwaukee, WI SKELETONWITCH only
10/06/2013 Smith's Downtown - Mishawaka, IN SKELETONWITCH only
10/07/2013 Newport Music Hall - Columbus, OH w/ Ghost B.C.
10/14/2013 Bijou Theatre - Knoxville, TN w/ Ghost B.C.
w/ The Black Dahlia Murder, Fallujah, Noisem
10/24/2013 Peabody's Concert Club - Cleveland, OH
10/25/2013 Chameleon Club - Lancaster, PA
10/26/2013 Knitting Factory - Brooklyn, NY
10/27/2013 The Met - Pawtucket, RI
10/28/2013 Higher Ground - Burlington, VT
10/29/2013 Le Cercle - Quebec City, QC
10/30/2013 La Tulipe - Montreal, QC
10/31/2013 Ritual - Ottawa, ON
11/01/2013 Rum Runners - London, ON
11/02/2013 Mod Club - Toronto, ON
11/04/2013 Crocks - Thunder Bay, ON
11/06/2013 West End Cultural Centre - Winnipeg, MB
11/07/2013 Louis' Pub - Saskatoon, SK
11/08/2013 Avenue Theatre - Edmonton, AB
11/09/2013 The Den - Calgary, AB
11/11/2013 The Biltmore Cabaret - Vancouver, BC
11/12/2013 The Center - Spokane, WA
11/13/2013 WOW Hall - Eugene, OR
11/14/2013 Whiskey Dick's Saloon - South Lake Tahoe, CA
11/15/2013 Strummer's - Fresno, CA
11/16/2013 Glasshouse - Pomona, CA
11/17/2013 The Rock - Tucson, AZ
11/18/2013 Tricky Falls - El Paso, TX *newly added
11/19/2013 Club Patron - Odessa, TX
w/ The Black Dahlia Murder, Fallujah, Wolvhammer
11/20/2013 Conservatory - Oklahoma City, OK
11/21/2013 Outland Ballroom - Springfield, MO
11/22/2013 Firebird - St. Louis, MO
11/23/2013 Blue Moose - Iowa City, IA
11/24/2013 The Castle Theatre - Bloomington, IL
11/25/2013 Mojoes of Joliet - Joliet, IL
11/26/2013 The Intersection - Grand Rapids, MI
11/27/2013 The Machine Shop - Flint, MI
w/ Amon Amarth, Enslaved
1/17/2014 House of Blues - Las Vegas, NV
1/18/2014 Club Red - Phoenix, AZ
1/20/2014 Backstage Live - San Antonio, TX
1/21/2014 House of Blues - Dallas, TX
1/22/2014 House of Blues - Houston, TX
1/24/2014 Center Stage - Atlanta, GA
1/25/2014 The Ritz - Tampa, FL
1/26/2014 Revolution - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
1/29/2014 The Fillmore - Charlotte, NC
1/30/2014 NorVA - Norfolk, VA
1/31/2014 The Fillmore - Silver Springs, MD
2/01/2014 House of Blues - Boston, MA
2/03/2014 TLA - Philadelphia, PA
2/04/2014 Irving Plaza - New York, NY
2/07/2014 House of Blues - Chicago, IL
2/08/2014 Mill City Nights - Minneapolis, MN
2/09/2014 Grenada Theatre - Lawrence, KS
2/11/2014 Summit Theatre - Denver, CO
2/12/2014 Murray Theater - Salt Lake City, UT
2/14/2014 The Regency - San Francisco, CA
2/15/2014 Wiltern - Los Angeles, CA
w/ Amon Amarth
2/16/2014 House of Blues - San Diego, CA