Track: Hellripper – The Nuckelavee

The Scottish blackened thrash band from James McBain, Hellripper, are set to release the follow up to 2020s ‘The Affair of the Poisons’ with new album ‘Warlocks Grim & Withered Hags’ due the 17th of February via Peaceville Records.

Inspired by the landscapes and legends of the Scottish Highlands, McBain explores the darker side of Scottish history & folklore – the title itself taken from a line in the Robert Burns poem, ‘Address to the Deil’ – as well as including references to clan culture (including his own) throughout the album.  

Setting the scene with the release of their first single (available on all streaming platforms now) and accompanying lyric video, created by Matthew Vickerstaff, for track ‘The Nuckelavee’.

McBain comments: 

“I wanted “The Nuckelavee” to be the first track released as it’s not only the album opener, but it is the song that I think best represents the overall sound and vibe of the record. It’s speed metal at its core but with a few twists. Lyrically, “The Nuckelavee” is based on the Orcadian tale of the eponymous creature – a grotesque and skinless horse-like demon that brings plague and death wherever it travels”

A frantic storm of thrash metal and guttural awesomeness that Hellriper do so well. From the opening riff, through the finger shredding solos to full on head banging clos,e the song is a banger and guaranteed to please fans of the band and garner them many more.

Check it out, here

Find out more about the band via their Website or Facebook.

Warlocks Grim & Withered Hags will be released on 17th of February on CD, LP, limited edition green coloured vinyl LP via the band store, limited edition gold coloured vinyl LP, cassette and digitally and is available to pre-order here

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