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Hand of Kalliach Sign to Prosthetic Records, Release New Track and Announce New Album
Scottish Celtic Melodic Death Metal band Hand of Kalliach have announced their second album Corryvreckan which will be released on February 23rd via Prosthetic Records.
'Fell Reigns' is the first official track to be released from the upcoming record, check out the music video below!
The band’s name is borrowed from the legend of the Cailleach, the ancient witch god of winter from Scottish Celtic mythology. The story goes that she lives at the bottom of an enormous whirlpool, Corryvreckan, which lies between some of the western isles of Scotland and lends its name to this album. As the herald of winter, she rises from the depths to wash her plaid (cloak) in the waters of the Corryvreckan. Once washed and restored to a bright white, she casts it across the earth where it lands as snow. This is done at the start of Samhainn (beginning on 31st October, which was the Celtic precursor to Halloween and the name of the band’s debut album). Her reign ends as spring arrives with the festival of Bealltainn in May, and she turns to stone to await the next winter.
The Cailleach is depicted in various, contradictory ways - both as a symbol of death, loss and despair, as well as a source of nurturing and protection. Taking inspiration from all this, the music that HAND OF KALLIACH creates is centred around these dual concepts of benevolence and malevolence, all against the backdrop of the history, mythology and land/seascapes of the Scottish islands.
The threads of Celtic and Gaelic folk music and folklore weave throughout the album, against a backdrop of spectral, melodic death metal. Blending the robust brutality of death metal with the ethereal wisps of folk is an intoxicating brew.
01 - Three Seas
02 - Fell Reigns
03 - Dìoghaltas
04 - Cirein-cròin
05 - Deathless
06 - The Hubris of Prince Bhreacan
07 - Unbroken You Remain
08 - The Cauldron
09 - Of Twilight and the Pyre