The Serpent Is Rising

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The Serpent Is Rising
Studio album by Styx
Released October 1973
Recorded 1973 at Paragon Recording Studios, Chicago; St. James Cathedral, Chicago
Genre Progressive rock
Hard rock
Length 40:07
Label Wooden Nickel
Producer Styx,
Barry Mraz
Styx chronology
Styx II
The Serpent Is Rising
Man of Miracles
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 1/5 stars[2]

The Serpent Is Rising is the third album by Styx, released in 1973. The album was reissued in 1980 with new artwork and a new title, Serpent. The band considers this to be their worst recording. Dennis DeYoung has gone far as saying it was "one of the worst recorded and produced in the history of music."[citation needed] The album peaked at #192 on the Billboard 200, their second-lowest charting album, and as of 2007 has sold less than 100,000 copies worldwide.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Witch Wolf" (James Young, Ray Brandle) – 3:57
  2. "The Grove of Eglantine" (Dennis DeYoung) – 5:00
  3. "Young Man" (James Young, Richard Young) – 4:45
  4. "As Bad as This" (John Curulewski) – 6:10
    • "As Bad as This" - 3:45
    • "Plexiglas Toilet" [Hidden Track] - 2:22
  5. "Winner Take All" (Dennis DeYoung, Charles Lofrano) – 3:10
  6. "22 Years" (John Curulewski) – 3:39
  7. "Jonas Psalter" (Dennis DeYoung) – 4:41
  8. "The Serpent Is Rising" (John Curulewski, Charles Lofrano) – 4:55
  9. "Krakatoa" (John Curulewski, Paul Beaver, Bernard L. Krause) – 1:36
  10. "Hallelujah Chorus" [from Handel's Messiah] (Handel) – 2:14



Additional personnel


  • Producers: Styx, Barry Mraz
  • Engineer: Barry Mraz
  • Cover art: Dennis Pohl


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1974 Pop Albums 192


  1. ^ Planer, Lindsay. The Serpent Is Rising at AllMusic. Retrieved June 20, 2011.
  2. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 789. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.