Ripping Death
Tales of the Ripper EP

It seems as of late, that be it fate or just coincidence, I seem be listening to quite a few EP’s and with this, Tales of the Ripper the new demo from Ripping Death, adds to my words of wisdom here at Teeth of the Divine. Ripping Death, consists of members from Italy and Spain, and if you take a look at the other bands from which the members comprise; Bestial Evil, Sacrificio Blasphemophager, Baphomets Blood, you get an idea of what to expect from this release and that they collectively, have a little bit of a background in the scene.

The first song rips into your speakers with Midnight Terror, and it greets you with a blood curdling scream and you kind of get the idea of what terror is, just from that alone. I’m hearing a bit of Sodom with some of Tom Angelripper’s bass rumble, a bit of Destruction with it’s death n roll riffing and a touch of Slayer speed, especially in the soloing. I say these bands as a initial basis but at times you get a feel of many other bands in this deathly mix. Plenty of old school vibes, and thrashing riffage that gives your neck a headbanging workout. Next you get into a Motorhead/Sodom vibe with “Night Ripper”, just listen to that bass power the song!,  I haven’t heard a bass rumble so prominent in the mix since Overkill’s WFO album. Just some excellent riffing following along with it, think of a speedier Cianide.

Vocalist R.R. Bastard has a Martin Drunen thing going (circa Consuming Impulse ) but lower and more subdued. Mid-way in you get some more maniacal screams and yells going on courtesy of some horror movie sampling. “Death Blow” continues with more of a galloping style riffing that just hooks into your brain and with some intense buzz saw guitars at the 2 minute mark. They end the album with a cover of Cianide’s “Rage War” ( which is very appropriate, I think ), which blends in perfectly with their sound and musical direction.

Another solid release via Iron Bonehead and at just 4 songs and with some drop dead amazing cover artwork ( worth the price alone! ) Tales of the Ripper gives a great introduction to the band and one can only hope they continue with this passion and energy with their debut, I for one hope so and you should too.

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Written by Will 'Bones' Lee
February 24th, 2016

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