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.