Just in time for Halloween, in true Skeletonwitch fashion, Ohio’s own blackened thrash metal gods have managed to turn the dark demon trick once again. Released via Prosthetic Records, Serpents Unleashed isn’t too huge of a sea change for Skeletonwitch, but can be easily viewed as another stepping stone on the path to greatness. Suffice it to say, Skeletonwitch was already pretty god damn great.
Kicking off the album with a bang, the title track gives newly intiated Skeletonwitch listeners a good idea of what to expect from the rest of the album and reassures long-time Worshipers of the Witch that they’re in for another heavy metal treat.
As previously stated, not much has changed since the release of their last album, Forever Abomination. However, as Skeletonwitch has proved time and again, this is certainly not a bad thing. Quite the contrary actually, as Serpents Unleashed finds that perfect middle ground between thrash metal and black metal.
With their breakout hit, “Beyond the Permafrost,” back in 2007, Skeletonwitch discovered the formula for that perfect storm of contemporary heavy metal, and have continually perfected and improved upon it with each of their new efforts. This, logically, would make Serpents Unleashed their best album to date.
Coming in at just over 30 minutes, Skeletonwitch’s latest is short, simple, and right to the point. If you’re looking for long, drawn out guitar solos or heavy metal ballads, then look elsewhere. Serpents Unleashed is an album conceived for thrashers by thrashers. It’s heavy, it’s brutal, and it’s fast. That being said, if you don’t find yourself banging your head along with the music, there’s something very wrong with you.
“I Am Of Death (Hell Has Arrived),” “Burned From Bone,” “This Evil Embrace”