SKELETONWITCH: Latest Studio Video Includes Two New Song Samples; Band Gives Away Signed Blackstar Guitar Amp

With the October 29th release of new album Serpents Unleashed just around the corner, blackened metal conjurers, SKELETONWITCH, have unveiled the fourth in a series of behind-the-scenes studio videos. 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.

In related 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 for more information.
Serpents Unleashed, which Decibel hails as SKELETONWITCH‘s “best effort to date,” is available now for preorder at 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 preorders 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 perform a record release show in their hometown of Athens, Ohio on October 23rd. The following night, the band will kick off an extensive North American live takeover 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.

10/23/2013 The Union – Athens, OH * Record Release Show
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

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
9. Unwept
10. Born of the Light That Does Not Shine
11. More Cruel Than Weak

“…a MUST HAVE for all metal fans…. not only one of the best albums of 2013, but it’s their finest record to date, and one that assures that true metal will live on for many years!” — Skulls ‘n’ Bones

“All of the incredible essential elements of SKELETONWITCH are present: mad-gallop rabid-horse guitars? Check. 1920s madman submachine gun drumming? Check. Chance Garnette’s bug-eyed, leather-larynx, rock-gargling vocals? Triple check. Stop-on-a-dime time-signature change-ups? You know it. God bless these maniacs – they’ve done it again.” – Emusic

“…the defining moment for the band, the most assured record in their catalog…” – No Clean Singing

“Serpents Unleashed is another great dose of blackened thrash with a hint of old-school metal energy…” – Lambgoat

“…irrefutable proof that SKELETONWITCH is the kind of band that we can trust even with our eyes closed… their best record to date.” – Ghost Cult

“The solid production, tightened instrumentals, and effective songwriting are the elements that elevate this opus to one of the top albums of 2013.” – Metalholic

“…the band is more evil than ever and have returned with a creative, inspired, brutal and soul crushingly evil vengeance. Should you still be worshiping The Witch? Two words… fuck yes.” – Volumes of Sin