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Ripper – Experiment Of Existence

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Last Updated on 09:24 PM by Giorgos Tsekas

Genre: Thrash / Death Metal
Country: Chile
Label: Unspeakable Axe Records
Year: 2016

The truth is this Chilean act has been growing in the underground scene and I completely missed them, only to get into the process of listening to their new album Experiment of Existence because of the beautiful artwork by master Paolo Girardi. This is Ripper’s second full length album, following their debut Raising the Corpse, which was released two years ago and was backed by a series of demo and EP releases before that since the band’s birth in 2007.

Listening to good thrash / death today is like having your ears caressed by the angels of death and that’s exactly what these guys are doing. The finest brand of aggressive music that was going on in the eighties has been the musical guide and bible of Ripper and they have perfected it in their own style, creating a record with immense strength and efficiency. It flows perfectly, it’s heavy and an endless stream of hammering melodies and intense moments.

Experiment Of Existence has a very enjoyable sound and the musicianship here is remarkable. The top-notch guitar lines are merciless and feature riffs and solos other bands would only dream of writing, with not one single track off the record left behind. The vocals hit hard and harsh, in the same way old school thrash / death metal bands used to growl, while the drumming is also making it’s presence known back there.

Something that can’t go unmentioned is the god damn insane bass. The bass lines in the album totally blew my mind and I could not believe what I was listening to. First of all, the bass is healthy and audible, how often can you say that about an album? Apart from that, the bassist is a hell of a virtuoso and shreds till the listener bleeds, ten steps ahead of the average thrash metal album out there. There is even an one minute interlude of just bass in the album, the track “Chromatic Fantasy”. I am sure Experiment Of Existence has some of the best bass lines you have listened in quite a while and it’s a big plus for me.

This album could easily have a secondary title named “Anatomy of the old Greats” musically. Imagine it as the continuation of classic records of early Kreator, Sepultura, Dark Angel and Possessed, setting an example of how to pay homage to your influences but not wrongfully be them. The album is fast from the first second, based on brutal thrash with a dose of death metal in the vocals and the musical level of heaviness, engineered to make you move to it, or worse.

All in all, I am impressed and I salute this band. It’s a total worth of your time, especially if you like the aforementioned bands and I feel bad I hadn’t listened to them in the past. Ripper is definitely a band you need to know and their album Experiment Of Existence is a hot pick for the top choices of the year, I’m positive it will be high even though it’s still early. I hope they get more famous, kudos to them for this work.

5/6

 

VJ
VJ
The gate of the cavern is despair, and its floor is paved with the gravestones of abandoned hopes. There Self must die; there the eagerness, the greed of untamed desire must be slain, for only so can the soul be freed from the empire of Fate.

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