Review: Hellripper – The Manifestation of Evil

Posted: January 9, 2015 in ALERT: Awesome new music, Band of the Day, Demo Review, Reviews
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Hellripper is a one man black/speed metal band from Aberdeen, Scotland, and ‘The Manifestation of Evil’ is their new EP. Clocking in at a blistering nine and a half minutes, you know when a band cites Bathory, Venom and Sodom as influences, that this is going to be fast, it’s going to be ugly and it’s going to be razor sharp.

‘Flesh Ripper’ starts off with an immediate acceleration into a raging Discharge-esque riff while a savage vocal line begs you to ‘beware the flesh ripper!’. It’s no frills, balls out ripping proto black metal, complete with some cool guitar work like the opening to ‘Total Mayhem’ or ‘Flesh Ripper’s killer solo. ‘Total Mayhem’ is pure speed metal, with only the vocals giving it more of an extreme edge. ‘Black Mass Sacrifice’ bleeds ‘Obsessed by Cruelty’-era Sodom riffs, and this sits high with some of South America’s finest in the realms of black speed metal. It’s a relentless assault, barely taking a moment between tracks to allow you time to catch your breath before it’s off again.

‘Trial by Fire’ closes the EP with another rampant slice of early Quorthon worship, shot through with a more melodic notion here and there. There’s nothing commercial here at all, but it’s insanely catchy. Can’t wait to hear some more. THRASH TIL DEATH!!

Buy here: https://hellripper.bandcamp.com/album/the-manifestation-of-evil

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