Blackened thrasher Hellripper will release his third album Warlocks Grim & Withered Hags February 17 via Peaceville Records. Hellripper is the solo project from James McBain which he began in 2014.
Warlocks Grim & Withered Hags was inspired by the landscapes and legends of the Scottish Highlands. McBain explores the darker side of Scottish history and folklore with the title itself taken from a line in the Robert Burns poem, “Address to the Deil.”
“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.”
The writing and recording process was carried out by James McBain with a few guests offering contributions in the form of additional vocals and instrumental parts. The album was also mixed by McBain and mastered by Damian Herring at Subterranean Watchtower Studios.
Preorder Warlocks Grim & Withered Hags here.