Review: Skeletonwitch — Serpents Unleashed

Rated:

4/5

Calling the album a return to form does Skeletonwitch injustice, but the blackened thrashers definately sound rein quintet definitely sounds reinvigorated here. Long gone are the production woes of 2009’s Breathing Fire (thank you, Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou, who produced Serpents) leaving the band sounding ever more vicious. Battle hymns like “From A Cloudless Sky,” “Unwept,” and the title track slay with melodic venom, the solo on “Burned From Bone” wails admirably, and the closing lines of “I am of Death”—“Killer of men/I am of death”—nicely sum up this gauntlet-clad skull-crusher. If you own a denim vest, get Serpents Unleashed immediately. CHRIS KROVATIN

Check out “I Am of Death (Hell Has Arrived)” from Serpents Unleashed: