The Serpent Is Rising

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The Serpent Is Rising
Styx - The Serpent Is Rising.jpg
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
(1973)Styx II1973
The Serpent Is Rising
Man of Miracles
(1974)Man of Miracles1974
Singles from The Serpent Is Rising
  1. "Winner Take All"
    Released: 1973
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars [1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide1/5 stars [2]

The Serpent Is Rising is the third album by American band Styx, released in October 1973, a mere three months after their previous album Styx II in July 1973. The album was reissued in 1980 with new artwork and a new title, Serpent.[3] The band considers this to be their worst recording. Dennis DeYoung is indirectly quoted as saying it was "one of the worst recorded and produced in the history of music."[4][5][citation needed] 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.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Witch Wolf"James Young, Ray Brandle3:57
2."The Grove of Eglantine"Dennis DeYoung5:00
3."Young Man"J. Young, Richard Young4:45
4."As Bad as This"
  • a. "As Bad as This" - 3:45
  • b. "Plexiglas Toilet" (Hidden Track) - 2:22"
John Curulewski6:10
Side two
1."Winner Take All"DeYoung, Charles Lofrano3:10
2."22 Years"Curulewski3:39
3."Jonas Psalter"DeYoung4:41
4."The Serpent Is Rising"Curulewski, Lofrano4:55
5."Krakatoa"Curulewski, Paul Beaver, Bernard L. Krause1:36
6."Hallelujah Chorus" (from George Frideric Handel Messiah)Handel2:14



Additional personnel[edit]


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


Album - Billboard (United States)

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. 
  3. ^ "Styx - Serpent". Discogs. Retrieved 11 July 2018. 
  4. ^ Koch, Bob (8 January 2011). "Vinyl Cave: "The Serpent is Rising" by Styx". Isthmus, Madison, Wisconsin. Retrieved 11 July 2018. 
  5. ^ Whitaker, Sterling (2006). The Grand Delusion: The Unauthorized True Story of Styx. S. Whitaker. p. 142. ISBN 9781419653537. Retrieved 11 July 2018. 
  6. ^ Harrigan, Brian (1980). H.M.-- A-Z. Bobcat Books. p. 74. ISBN 9780860019282. 

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