The Serpent Is Rising is the third album by Styx, released in October 1973, a mere three months after their previous album Styx II. 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." Described as a loose concept album, the recording contains a number of sexual innuendos, including the title track, "The Grove of Eglantine" and "Krakatoa". The album peaked at #192 on the Billboard 200, their second-lowest charting album, and as of 2007 has sold fewer than 100,000 copies worldwide.