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Album Review

It's rare for an album's title to describe how it sounds, but on Serpents Unleashed, the fifth outing from Athens, Ohio band Skeletonwitch, it's strangely appropriate. Rampaging straight out of the gates, the album's titular opening track serves as a reminder that this is a band that's not about wasting time or fussing with lengthy, clichéd intros. Instead, these guys rip straight into it with yet another in an increasingly long line of albums that are big on speed and short on running time. In service to their vigorous approach to metal, the band do a great job of not anchoring themselves to any specific genre, instead taking whatever bits and pieces of death metal, black metal, and thrash that have the most metal, and adding them into their supercharged sound. This makes Serpents Unleashed an album that's only predictable insofar as you know it's going to attempt to take you on a vicious, 30-minute hell ride through some of the darkest parts of the metal world. With such a stellar track record under their belt, Skeletonwitch are definitely a band that's worth your time, something they won't ask for very much of.

Customer Reviews

#Can'tStopWon'tStop

Haven't stopped listening to this album since I came home to find my preorder sitting on my doorstep. Skeletonwitch never ceases to blow my mind and give me mad lady-bonerz.

Black Death Metal

I had never heard of SKELETONWITCH until I was listening to Liquid Metal on Sirius XM Radio, then they played a song of serpents unleashed.
WOW!!! These guys rule!!! The only reason I gave this four stars was because, now having bought all there albums, I thought the last one was better

Bone And Flesh

Tearing (EarDrums) And Broken Spines...

Biography

Formed: Athens, OH

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Although they came together as a band in 2003, the members of Athens, Ohio's Skeletonwitch draw the bulk of their inspiration from artists and musical styles born all of two decades earlier: namely the undying flame of classic Bay Area thrash; its creative bedrock in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal; and, to a lesser degree, death, black, and Viking metal. First introduced via 2004's independently released At One with the Shadows album and 2006's Worship the Witch EP, Skeletonwitch's retro-fitted...
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