Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Sophie and John Fraser of Hand Of Kalliach.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:
SOPHIE: Hi! We are a husband-and-wife two-piece playing atmospheric Celtic metal, hailing from Edinburgh, Scotland. We started writing in summer 2020 during the COVID-19 lockdown in the UK, the project had been something we had wanted to do for some time and the restrictions at the time served as a good prompt to do so.
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
JOHN: I think we have pretty broad tastes between us, covering a lot of metal and rock subgenres but also traditional folk. On the metal side, I am a big fan of technical/melodic death metal with an atmospheric slant, particularly the likes of Fallujah. Outside of metal, we listen to a really weird range of Scottish folk, downtempo, shoegaze… the Spotify recommended playlists are sometimes a bit bizarre!
SOPHIE: I lean more towards a mix of thrash and folk metal tastes, though with metal some of my favourite bands are more in the folk/indie space. I think the breadth of styles in our music is probably reflective of these fairly diverse influences.
METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
JOHN: “Cinders” our new single we wanted to take the best elements that people loved and fedback to us about our EP, “Shade Beyond”, and compress all those elements into one three-minute breakneck track. We wanted to challenge ourselves to see if we could cram in blastbeats, fast riffs, solos, melodies and dual vocals all into the one song, and we’re really pleased with the result!
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
SOPHIE: We have not yet been able to play at any gigs due to COVID-19 restrictions, but hope to play our first gigs later in 2021! John has played a fair amount of live shows previously, plus we’ve both attended plenty, and we really value the experience and connection that you get from them.
JOHN: Agreed – there is definitely merit in the amount of creative space you have in recording tracks, but nothing compares to the atmosphere of a live show.
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?
SOPHIE: Playing at Metal Festivals! We’re cautiously optimistic that we’ll see venues reopen for live music as vaccines are circulated and infection rates fall, and we definitely hope to be a part of what we hope will be a strong resurgence as music lovers dive back into the local scenes.
JOHN: We’ll be announcing gigs through our Twitter/FB/IG/Spotify pages, so come follow us there and you’ll be amongst the first to know when we’re playing some live shows.