So: for the better part of five(!) months, my attention has been almost entirely absent from the overwhelming world of new metal releases. Sitting precariously on the edge of burnout, I spent most of my time listening to non-metal genres and ignoring, with no small amount of guilt, the massive glut of undoubtedly excellent music piling up in the ol' promo pit here at the Sleeping Village.
To cut a long story short: a few weeks ago, I listened (many, many times) to an album that would inevitably serve as a light at the end of the tunnel. Ever since making the duo's acquaintance upon the release of their (exceptionally promising) first EP, I had been eagerly awaiting the debut full length from Edinburgh's Hand of Kalliach. To not listen immediately upon its release felt absolutely criminal.
And so here we are, discussing the album responsible for my return to reviewing. Samhainn is uniquely vibrant and charming in a way that makes me excited about metal again. This behemoth is borderline indescribable in its display of intrigue and bombast. Let's get into it, shall we?