SKELETONWITCH: ‘Unfit’ For Disney, But Fit For A Wedding

Fresh off a short run of dates supporting Ghost B.C., the Athens, Ohio-based blackened metal quintet SKELETONWITCH has announced a hometown release party for their highly anticipated new album, “Serpents Unleashed,” which will take place on the eve of the kickoff to their extensive North American fall tour with The Black Dahlia Murder. Tickets for the event — which will take place at The Union (18 W. Union St., Athens) on Oct. 23 — are just $10.

The Black Dahlia tour will be quickly followed by another lap around America in early 2014, this time alongside Amon Amarth and Enslaved. Unfortunately for fans in Orlando — where the tour stops on Jan. 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 who have been deemed “unfit to be associated with” Disney, on whose property the venue is located.

Although SKELETONWITCH might not be welcome at the Magic Kingdom, a California couple has asked the band to make their dreams come true. During the band’s live performance in Fresno on Nov. 15, local 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 released in North America on Oct. 29, in Australia and G/A/S on Oct. 25 and in the UK/EU on Oct. 28. Pre-order packages are currently available in a variety of physical formats at www.skeletonwitch.com, while digital pre-orders — which offer an instant download of new song “I Am Of Death (Hell Has Arrived)” — are available now on both iTunes and Bandcamp.

See for yourself whether SKELETONWITCH are “unfit to be associated with” at one of their below dates.

10/14   Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theatre w/ GHOST B.C.10/23   Athens, OH – The Union (record release show)

w/ THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, FALLUJAH & NOISEM
10/24   Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s Concert Club
10/25   Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
10/26   Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
10/27   Pawtucket, RI – The Met
10/28   Burlington, VT – Higher Ground 
10/29   Quebec City. QC – Le Cercle
10/30   Montreal, QC – La Tulipe
10/31   Ottawa, ON – Ritual
11/1      London, ON – Rum Runners
11/2      Toronto, ON – Mod Club
11/4      Thunder Bay, ON – Crocks
11/6      Winnipeg, MB – West End Cultural Centre
11/7      Saskatoon, SK – Louis’ Pub
11/8      Edmonton, AB – Avenue Theatre
11/9      Calgary, AB – The Den
11/11     Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret 
11/12     Spokane, WA – The Center
11/13     Eugene, OR -WOW Hall
11/14     South Lake Tahoe, CA  – Whiskey Dick’s Saloon
11/15     Fresno, CA – Strummer’s
11/16     Pomona, CA – Glasshouse
11/17     Tucson, AZ – The Rock 
11/18      El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
11/19     Odessa, TX – Club Patron
w/ THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, FALLUJAH & WOLVHAMMER
11/20     Oklahoma City, OK – Conservatory 
11/21     Springfield, MO – Outland Ballroom
11/22     St. Louis, MO – Firebird
11/23     Iowa City, IA – Blue Moose
11/24     Bloomington, IL – The Castle Theatre
11/25     Joliet, IL – Mojoes of Joliet
11/26     Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
11/27     Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
w/ AMON AMARTH & ENSLAVED
1/17/14  Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
1/18/14  Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
1/20/14  San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
1/21/14  Dallas, TX – House of Blues 
1/22/14  Houston, TX – House of Blues
1/23/14  New Orleans, LA – Siberia
1/24/14  Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
1/25/14  Tampa, FL – The Ritz
1/26/14  Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
1/29/14  Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
1/30/14  Norflok, VA – The NorVA
1/31/14 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
2/01/14  Boston, MA – House of Blues
2/03/14  Philadelphia, PA – TLA
2/04/14  New York, NY – Irving Plaza 
2/07/14  Chicago, IL – House of Blues
2/08/14  Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
2/09/14  Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
2/11/14  Denver, CO – Summit Tree
2/12/14  Salt Lake City, UT – Murray Theater
2/14/14  San Francisco, CA – The Regency
2/15/14  Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
2/16/14  San Diego, CA – House of Blues w/ ENSLAVED

 

 

 

 

 

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