WARLOCKS GRIM & WITHERED HAGS – THE NEW ALBUM FROM SCOTLAND’S HELLRIPPER
The third album of high octane melodic black/speed metal combined with sprawling, folklore-infused epics out now on Peaceville
Having released the masterful ‘The Affair of the Poisons’ in 2020 on Peaceville Records, James McBain and his electrifying brand of blackened thrash fast propelled Hellripper to the forefront of the UK metal scene – now get ready for ‘Warlocks Grim & Withered Hags’ – Hellripper’s third studio album, out now!
McBain’s musicianship is ragged and brilliant – The WIRE
‘Warlocks Grim & Withered Hags’ establishes a new threshold of excellence and raises the bar further over ‘The Affair of the Poisons’, with an opus standing at the crossroads between the sound that Hellripper has become known for and a whirlwind of different influences up until now yet to be explored, resulting in James McBain’s most personal and diverse work to date. With a greatly expanded scope to the tracks, incorporating more epic and melodic blackened anthems alongside the high-speed metal attack and blistering solos, ‘Warlocks Grim & Withered Hags’ marks a new high point for the band.
Scotland’s King of the Arcane Mosh – Metal Hammer
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 “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”
The theme is continued with, for example, the track, ‘The Cursed Carrion Crown’, being based on the legend of ‘Sawney Bean’ and the Bean Clan (a spelling variation of “McBain”) and tells the story of a family of cannibals that lived in a cave and committed various gruesome acts.
As always, the writing and recording process was carried out by James McBain himself, with a few guests offering contributions in the form of additional vocals and instrumental parts. With recording taking place between March 2021 and June 2022, the album was also mixed by McBain, and mastered by Damian Herring at Subterranean Watchtower Studios.
The suitably sinister and ominous artwork appears courtesy of Adam Burke/ Nightjar Illustration.
You will bang your head, you will slop beer everywhere, you will thrash like a maniac – Hellripper fucking rule. – Kerrang!
Warlocks Grim & Withered Hags is out now 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.
Hellripper – Live
Hellripper will be supporting the release of their new album with live shows & festivals throughout 2023 – so far they have confirmed the following with more to be announced
26 April – UK – Birmingham – Asylum (w/ Warbringer)
27 April – UK – Manchester – The Bread Shed (w/ Warbringer)
28 April – UK – Cardiff – Fuel Rock Bar
29 April – UK – London – The Dome (w/ Warbringer)
17 June – DE – Daun – Der Detze Rockt
30 June – NL – Emmen – Pitfest
01 July – BE – Brussels – Le Lac
02 July – NL – Uden – De Pul (w/ Midnight)
04 July – PL – Poznań – Pod Minogą
05 July – CZ – Trutnov – Obscene Extreme Festival
11 July – DE – Stugggart – Schwarzer Keiler
12 July – DE – Osnabrück – Bastard Club (w/ Midnight)
13 July – DK – Copenhagen – Pumpehuset (w/ Midnight)
25 July – DE – Mörlenbach-Weiher – Live Music Hall
26 July – DE – Villingen – Kulturzentrum Klosterhof (w/ Riot City)
27 July – DE – Kassel – Goldgrube (w/ Thulcandra)
28 July – DE – Osterholz-Scharmbeck – Burning Q Festival
30 July – DE – Dortmund – Junkyard
04 Aug – IT – Torino – Ziggy
05 Aug – IT – Bologna – Alchemica
07 Aug – HU – Budapest – Instant (w/ Midnight)
08 Aug – SI – Slovenia – Ilirska Bistrica – MKNŽ (w/ Midnight)
09 Aug – AT – Salzburg – Rockhouse (w/ Midnight)
02 Sep – NL – Roosendaal – Roosendaal Open Air
07 Oct – BE – Arlon – Night Fest
13 Oct – SW – Luzern – Iron Force Speed Fest
20 Oct – UK – London – The Black Heart – SOLD OUT
21 Oct – UK – Derby – Derby Alt Fest
11 Nov – UK – Newcastle – Byker Grave Fest
25 Nov – UK – Edinburgh – Legends
Warlocks Grim & Withered Hags tracklisting
1. The Nuckelavee [05:47]
2. I, the Deceiver [04:57]
3. Warlocks Grim & Withered Hags [07:15]
4. Goat Vomit Nightmare [03:15]
5. The Cursed Carrion Crown [05:48]
6. The Hissing Marshes [03:50]
7. Poison Womb (The Curse of the Witch) [03:42]
8. Mester Stoor Worm [08:33]
HELLRIPPER ANNOUNCES “CAROUSING IN FUCKING SIN – EUROPEAN FALL TOUR 2022”
Hellripper, aka James McBain have announced they will be returning to European stages this coming October. They’ll share the stage with the ferocious blacken metal of Montreal Quebec’s Spectral Wound
McBain comments on the co-headliner “We’re very excited to be heading back over to mainland Europe for the first time in 3 years, as well as playing in Scandinavia for the first time! What makes it even better is that we will be doing it alongside one of the best bands in metal right now! Be there and hail the goat!”
HELLRIPPER & GAMA BOMB – UK TOUR
Hellripper will be joining GAMA BOMB on their 20th Anniversary tour starting on Friday 15th July in Plymouth!
James McBain checks in “I’ve been a fan of Gama Bomb since around the release of ‘Tales from the Grave in Space’ and they are an important band that helped shape my music taste and love for thrash, so I’m very grateful to them for inviting us out for these shows!”
15 July – The Junction – Plymouth
16 July – Rough Trade – Bristol
17 July – Boston Music Rooms – London
18 July – Percy Picklebackers – Nottingham
19 July – The Parish – Huddersfield
20 July – Arts Club Loft – Liverpool
21 July – Bannermans – Edinburgh
Tickets for all shows are on sale now
Hellripper announce London show – Resurgence Ritual Show
Hellripper have announced the have been added to the bill of “Resurgence Ritual” show in London on August 29th alongside Primordial, Saor and Fen – tickets on sale now
James McBain comments “Feels weird to be announcing something, but we’re very much looking forward to returning to London and playing our first show in what will be around 18 months (at the last venue we played as well!) as part of a killer line-up!”
Event Name: Resurgence Ritual
Event Date: Sunday 29th August 2021
Lineup: Primordial, Saor, Hellripper, Fen + more
Venue: Electric Ballroom
City: London, England
RELEASE NEW SINGLE “THE AFFAIR OF THE POISONS”
THE TITLE TRACK OF THE NEW STUDIO ALBUM DUE FOR RELEASE ON 9TH OCTOBER
Hellripper have revealed details of their upcoming new studio album The Affair Of The Poisons scheduled for release on 9th October 2020.
, aka James McBain, based in the Scottish Highlands, says of their forthcoming epic “‘The Affair of the Poisons’ contains the mixture of thrash/black/speed metal and punk that has become known for, but this time I feel that the end result is more cohesive. Some of the tracks are more straight-forward while others contain some twists and parts that are new to the sound. As always, the whole writing and recording process was done at home by myself, with a few friends of mine contributing some additional vocals and lead guitar parts. The album was mixed by myself and was mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege who did an amazing job.
Lyrically, the album’s themes primarily revolve around witchcraft and the occult, with some tracks being based on historical events (‘The Affair of the Poisons’, ‘Beyond the Convent Walls’) and Scottish legend (‘Vampire’s Grave’).
Skadvaldur did an excellent job, as he always does, of creating a piece of artwork that both represents the album’s themes, as well as being a somewhat of a homage in style to the old B-horror movie posters that inspired a few of the album’s tracks.”
The Affair Of The Poisons tracklisting:
1. The Affair Of The Poisons [04:59]
has been fast gaining a reputation for whipping up an infectious storm of blackened speed metal greatness in the spirit of old and are one of the most electrifying young, up & coming metal acts in the scene today.
Inspired by the likes of the old-school legends including Venom, Kreator, Sabbat [JPN] and Metallica, McBain formedin 2014 and with the release of the debut EP The Manifestation of Evil shortly after, the band were already making a very clear mission statement… Total fucking mayhem!
HELLRIPPER JOINS THE PEACEVILLE FAMILY
Peaceville Records are extremely excited to announce the signing of Hellripper to the label; one of the most electrifying young, up & coming metal acts in the scene today.
Hellripper, aka James McBain, based in Aberdeen, Scotland, is fast gaining a reputation for whipping up an infectious storm of blackened speed metal greatness in the spirit of old.
With the new studio album from Hellripper scheduled for release on Peaceville for early 2020, James comments on the signing and updates on how the new album recording is progressing “I am honoured to be part of such a legendary label alongside Darkthrone, Autopsy and Bloodbath to name just a few. It means a lot to me personally as some of the first metal CDs that I bought as a kid were released on Peaceville.
It’s ridiculous how far Hellripper has come in such a short time and to be recognised by a label of this calibre is amazing. I believe that Peaceville are the right people to be working with as they understand and respect Hellripper’s sound and the ethos behind it. The creative and recording process has remained the same as it has always been for this album and hopefully you will all enjoy listening to it as much as I have enjoyed making it.”
Inspired by the likes of the old-school legends including Venom, Kreator, Sabbat [JPN] and Metallica, McBain formed Hellripper in 2014 and with the release of the debut EP The Manifestation of Evil shortly after, the band were already making a very clear mission statement… Total fucking mayhem!