Friday, March 25, 2016

Ripper - Experiment Of Existence (2016)

The Sophomore effort from these Chilean death/thrashers reminds me a hell of a lot of the bands that are referenced right here in the press release – Death, Slayer, Destruction. But we could also compare these guys to acts like Sarcofago and Destroyer 666 as well. This is definitely that old school kind of beatdown that you get when old school thrash mixes in with extreme metal, whether that be the black of Destroyer 666 or the black or Sarcofago. The record is just a little over forty-five minutes in length, but that to me is perfectly fine as we pretty much get the idea and don't need it dragged out. There's even an instrumental called “Anatomy Of The Galaxies” and a bass solo (Chromatic Fantasies) put in there to spice up the performance. These guys seem to have the technical thrash aspect down, as you're going to hear a lot of fast paced, almost speed metal riffing with Death friendly vocal abhorrences placed over the top of it.

Experiment Of Existence doesn't exactly beat around the bushes about what it is, but it is colorful enough to stand out among several similar thrash albums of it's ilk. These young dudes can play pretty damn well and I think that's the selling point here. It's definitely technical, it's definitely brackish and it offers plenty of bite. Perhaps they utilize a lot of the same style, but you can tell where the proggy influences come from and as I've said, it has enough teeth for the listener to see beyond that. If you're looking for a technical death/thrash record that sounds like it came out of the past, you'll really enjoy this one. I don't know how in the hell they can emulate the classic sound and production so well in Chile and other South American countries, but I'm really glad to see that it can be done, and with the same sense of firepower that these records had in their heyday.

Perhaps it's still a bit too simplistic for me (and I wish that I could hear some of the noodling a little better, it does get buried in the mix) and I wish they'd change the tempo from nine-hundred miles an hour to something a little bit slower, but I know that some people want the fastest stuff you can possibly imagine and you'll get that here – it's just a little brainier than similar acts offer. Certainly nothing to pass by at any rate, these guys have definite talent and I'm sure they'll only get better with time. Make sure you give it a listen, especially if you really dig the old sound. It's amazing that these guys can be so young, yet sound so classic.

(11 Tracks, 46:00)


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