Khirki have been quite a surprise to us at Shaman HQ, hailing from Greece, the trio present a mashup of metal, rock, punk, and traditional folk from their homeland. The band cite influences from Kvelertak to Tool, but this is somewhat doing them a disservice as they’re far from a carbon copy, which is evidenced on the third single Wolf’s Lament from their debut album Κτηνωδία that’ll be released independently on 21st May.
‘Wolf’s Lament is the third and final single prior to the release of our album Κτηνωδία on May 21st. Since our blend of metal is heavily influenced by Greek and Anatolian Folk music we wanted to make a slow, deeply emotional and atmospheric song, where all these influences could have their chance to shine. The track deals with the subject matter of breaking up or parting ways with someone in an honorable manner. With a dignified silence, so to speak. When we played that song live people were really enthusiastic about it so we thought it would be a good idea to release it as a single. Enjoy!’
Now click play below to enter the wolf’s lair and pre-sales for Κτηνωδία are available over on Bandcamp.
More On Khirki & ‘Κτηνωδία’
Khirki is a three piece band from Athens, Greece sharing its essence with rock’n’roll and traditional music of their place of origin.
Κίρκη – Κírkē pronounced [kírkɛː] was a sorceress in Greek mythology best known for transforming Odysseus’ crew into animals with her magical wine. Inspired by the mythological enchantress, after reaping the grapes of metal/rock culture (Kvelertak, Mastodon, Tool etc) the band has created an original, sweet tasting drink, properly aged in many live stages, ready to be served in 2021 with their first full-length album Κτηνωδία.
The debut album features a cohesive set of songs, mostly fast-paced and uplifting. Whether it is the punishing blows, the infectious mood swings or the tribal-like dancing chants, Κτηνωδία (pronounced: Ktinodia) dives deep into an original sound heavily inspired by Anatolian and Balkan folk music.
Orchestrated with the help of acoustic and traditional instruments to further bring out the seducing folk atmosphere; but also heavy at heart so that the metal riffs and beefy tones remain intact when delivering the ‘message’. The album was recorded by Theodore Zefkilis at Sca Studios (Rotting Christ, Planet of Zeus) in Athens from Autumn of 2019 to Spring of 2020.
Come over, raise your glass and connect with your inner animal!
02. Black and Chrome
03. Raging Bull
06. The Barkhan Dunes
07. Wolf’s Lament
08. Stara Planina
Dimos Ioannou – Guitars, Vocals
Orestes Katsaros – Bass
Spiros Stefanis – Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals