With the Oct. 29 release of new album “Serpents Unleashed” just around the corner, blackened metal quintet SKELETONWITCH have unveiled the fourth in a series of behind-the-scenes videos about the recording process. In this edition, drummer Dustin Boltjes and guitarist Nate Garnette discuss some of their favorite songs from the album, including two tracks — “Beneath Dead Leaves” and “This Evil Embrace” — that, until now, have yet to be heard publicly. Check out samples of those two songs now at this location or in the video above.
In other SKELETONWITCH news, $100 record store shopping sprees aren’t the only “Serpents Unleashed” giveaways taking place right now, as the group has teamed with Blackstar Amplification to host a contest for a signed ID:15 guitar amplifier. Visit GuitarWorld.com for more information, or just watch the video below:
“Serpents Unleashed,” which Decibel hails as SKELETONWITCH’s “best effort to date,” is available now for pre-order at SKELETONWITCH.com in a variety of formats, including limited-edition clear vinyl (which includes a poster featuring the album’s artwork by Baroness’ John Baizley), a 7-inch collector’s box set and audio cassette. Meanwhile, digital pre-orders for the album at Bandcamp and iTunes include an instant download of the song “I Am Of Death (Hell Has Arrived),” the vintage horror movie-themed music video for which premiered last month.
Having just completed a second round of dates supporting Swedish occult rockers Ghost B.C., SKELETONWITCH will next perform a record release show in their Athens, Ohio hometown on Oct. 23. The following night, the band will kick off an extensive North American tour with The Black Dahlia Murder. A complete list of the group’s upcoming tour dates (including their early 2014 schedule with Amon Amarth and Enslaved) is below.
“Serpents Unleashed” track listing:
1. Serpents Unleashed (stream)
2. Beneath Dead Leaves
3. I Am Of Death (Hell Has Arrived) (music video)
4. From a Cloudless Sky
5. Burned From Bone (behind-the-scenes studio tracking footage)
6. Unending, Everliving
7. Blade On The Flesh, Blood On My Hands
8. This Evil Embrace
10. Born of the Light That Does Not Shine
11. More Cruel Than Weak
SKELETONWITCH on tour:
11/15 Fresno, CA – Rasputin (6 p.m. meet-and-greet/shopping spree contest)
11/22 St. Louis, MO – Vintage Vinyl (6 p.m. meet-and-greet/shopping spree contest)
1/28 Savannah, GA – The Jinx