Fresh off a short run of dates supporting GHOST, Athens, Ohio-based blackened metal quintet SKELETONWITCH has announced a hometown release party for its forthcoming full-length album, "Serpents Unleashed". The show will take place at The Union (18 W. Union St., Athens) on October 23, the eve of the kick-off to the band's extensive North American fall tour with THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER. Tickets for the event are just $10.
THE BLACK DAHLIA tour will be swiftly followed by another lap around America in early 2014 alongside AMON AMARTH and ENSLAVED. Unfortunately for fans in Orlando, however, where the tour stops on January 27, SKELETONWITCH will not be allowed to perform at the local House of Blues, as the group has joined the likes of EXODUS, MACHINE HEAD and others deemed "unfit to be associated with" Disney, on whose property the venue is located.
Although SKELETONWITCH might be unwelcomed at the Magic Kingdom, a California couple has asked the band to make their dreams come true. During SKELETONWITCH's performance in Fresno on November 15, longtime fans Travis Bartlett and Lanae Forrest will get married on stage — making local venue Strummer's their own happiest place on Earth. Says groom-to-be Bartlett: "Lanae and I are taken aback and beyond elated that SKELETONWITCH are willing to be a part of the most important day of our lives. There really aren't words to show our appreciation for the band being with us as we begin our lives together."
Commemorating the group's 10-year anniversary, "Serpents Unleashed" — recorded earlier this year with Kurt Ballou (CONVERGE, ISIS, HIGH ON FIRE), and featuring artwork by John Baizley (BARONESS, KYLESA, KVELERTAK) — will be unleashed in North America on October 29, in Australia, Germany, Austria and Switzerland on October 25 and in the rest of Europe on October 28. "Serpents Unleashed" is available for preorder at Skeletonwitch.com in CD, LP, cassette, digital download and limited edition 7-inch collector's box formats. In addition, you can now pre-order the album digitally at iTunes and BandCamp and receive an instant download of "I Am Of Death (Hell Has Arrived)".