Crossing the Thrashold: Ripper

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I am vexed at you, citizens. Infuriated, enraged, FOOKIN livid. The butthurt is strong within my veins this day.

I take a hiatus from major writing for the Turlet to rebuild my weapons business and I come back to find out that the lot of you hold thrash in such disregard that you would make a Whiff of the Week dedicated to it? The audacity, the fucking NERVE. I have a good mind to incinerate you all. I have more than enough napalm to do so. SCORCHED EARTH, MOTHERFUCKERS!!!

At least this was my initial reaction. After choking the life out of a subordinate I came to the horrific epiphany; the blame is almost entirely mine. I have been far too lax in my duties. The last Thrashold article was back in February. It is now the beginning of June. This must be put right. I now have enough time and resources, and more than enough bands to put in the spotlight; old school and new. My determination is stronger than ever to bring the gospel of the palm muted mosh fodder to the Turlet masses. Ya’ll done fucked up now.

The criminal maniac has returned toileteers, and with my return comes the onslaught of thrash majesty. You will murderdeathmosh or perish in the fucking flames.

There is no better band to start this revival with than with the band that made my favorite thrash record of 2014. Indeed citizens, we go to the desert dominated country of Texas… I mean Chile and put the spotlight on death/thrashers Ripper.

 

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From the days of Incas cutting out the hearts of their captured enemies to sacrifice to their distant gods; to being conquered by the Spanish and subsequent rebellion and independence, to war with Bolivia and Peru, to iron-clad rule under Augusto Pinochet, Chile is a sparse rough country that has violence and bloodshed ingrained in its very bones. Hell, the very name of the country comes from a native word meaning “End of the World”. That violent disposition has carried over to the present day, and has in turn spawned an excellent metal scene that is inspired by and thus similar to that of their neighbor Brazil, but is perhaps more visceral and more distilled in their adherence to the almighty riff. Many fantastic metal bands have come out of this country over the last two decades, and Ripper just might be one of the absolute best. From a country that sports the likes of Pentagram (not that Pentagram, this one), epic doom maestros Procession, and recent Satanic thrash darlings Invincible Force, that is a very bold statement, but one I make with no hesitation.

Ripper is a four piece from the city of Talagante; Venus Torment on vocals and guitar, Daniel Pobelete on guitar, Pablo Cortes on bass, and Nicolás Villanueva on drums. They’ve got three demos, one EP, one split, and one full-length to their name. After gaining some recognition among their local scene they released the Fatal Memories EP under the Metaltifus Productions label in 2013. Afterwards, Ripper hunkered down and worked on improving their already vicious sound, and the result was their debut full-length. Raising the Corpse was released to the unsuspecting world by Underground Defenders Productions in May of 2014, being re-released by Iron Pegasus in October of the same year.

Let’s make one thing clear citizens; these guys truly could not have picked a better name for their band than Ripper. They do exactly what the name implies, and that is to rip your feeble eardrums to pieces with sheer sonic force. They play a very old school blend of thrash and death metal that focuses on speed and riffs upon riffs galore instead of endless blasting and being “br00tal”, similar to their aforementioned countrymen Pentagram and Cali legends Possessed. Or to put it more bluntly, Ripper sounds like Beneath the Remains era Sepultura with a more enhanced (not modern) production. If the riffs don’t crush you, Torment’s vocals will. They are a particularly fast and nasty snarl that can tear flesh from bone as it spews rants of political and mental strife. It sounds incomprehensible most of the time but the occasional word darts out toward your ears like a cobra attack. Oh and the drumming, dat drumming is as cold and precise as a 7mm Remington Magnum from a M40A5 through the back of of an unsuspecting poser’s skull. Don’t believe me? Listen to a song like “The Last Day” or the sprawling album closing title track and then come and beg for my forgiveness for doubting my ability to sniff out awesome bands. More evidence, you say? Check this live video then you bloody poser.

 

So where can you obtain Ripper’s music? Well sadly they don’t have a Bandcamp page of their own and neither does Underground Defenders. They’re not on the Spotify or iTunes either. And unless you personally know a fan of theirs in Chile, you’re not going to find any of their demos, but you don’t really need them. Your best bet is to order the CD of Raising the Corpse from Iron Pegasus here. It also has the Fatal Memories EP on there as bonus tracks so it’s an excellent deal. Some good news though: esteemed label Unspeakable Axe Records has signed Ripper and will be releasing their follow-up album, which is allegedly close to completion. If it’s anything like Raising or better I will burn down entire city blocks in celebration. Fuck it, I’ll likely do that anyway.

But seriously, do not sleep on these guys. They stand proudly atop the pile of corpses that consist of their modern thrash peers. Go on their Facebook page and tell them to hurry up and finish their new album or just let them know how awesome they are.

Until next time toileteers, mosh and be well.

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  • Tyree

    It’s really fucking incredible the amount of savage sounding metal that comes out of Chile and South America in general. So much nastiness! Killer band and write-up Simon.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpAjFGF7RTk

    • Howard Dean

      Very incredible. South America is the ultimate home for brutal, raw, nasty metal–most of it based around thrash. They took the Teutonic blueprint laid out by Kreator, Sodom, and Destruction and injected it with a rawness and ugliness the Germans could never match. Hell, those ugly South American bands of the 80’s are the source of the fifty million different bestial/war metal bands we have today!

      • Tyree
        • Howard Dean
          • Tyree

            1:03 in, the picture of that dude at the bar with the giant goblet of beer is making me very thirsty. I got this bottle of imperial stout in my fridge (Can’t remember what it’s called) that is just crying my name right now. Jobs, eh.

          • Scrimm

            Just heading in now for a 9 hour shift, long time before any beer. FML

          • Howard Dean

            I have a fridge full of rugged brown ale at home calling my name.

        • RJA

          Hell’s Headbangers has copies of this right now on black and green vinyl. A worthy purchase I think?

          • Tyree

            Damn you. Good to know, I got Sarcofago’s The Laws of Scourge from there. The Rotting EP is where it’s at though. Thanks.

          • RJA

            I was waiting on them to have the portal reissues in stock before I made another order from there – I can’t order from them every other week right?

          • Tyree

            Ummm… Sure. Hahaha! I have impulse problems when it comes to buying records so I may not be the best one to ask.

      • Phoenix of the House Tendies

        Indeed.

        While I like newer Sepultura, they WISH they were still this brutal.

        https://youtu.be/uBVLYunMKbM

    • Dagon

      Another fun fact: the older bands were almost always comprised of teenagers on their inception, whereas today young’ns are not keen to the ways of brutal pre-Columbian war metal.

      • Colombia have the most amateur scene on that time. It was very very tiny. Brasil was more strong. And Venezuela was more lean to the Bay Area thrash side.

    • Hubert

      This is great. Raw as fuck guitar tone.

    • Void Dweller

      South America is just full of bestial shit.

    • Malted Hate

      This guys slay. Yet another release I need to grab.

  • Howard Dean
  • HessianHunter

    LONG LIVE RIPPER
    LONG LIVE SIMON PHOENIX
    LONG LIVE THE THRASHOLD
    LONG LIVE THE TOILET
    m/

    • Dagon

      I second this. I needed a new Crossing The Thrashold post.

  • EsusMoose

    The Last Day solo was pretty cool

  • Hubert

    Not having a bandcamp page, that’s disappointing.

    • KJM

      No Bandcamp page? That’s a paddlin’.

    • Howard Dean

      BANDCAMP IS FOR CLOWNS AND SODOMITES

      THRASH IS IN HEART FUCK OFF SHAVING PUSSY

      PUT IT IN BITCH MOUTH IT WILL MAKE YOU TO ILL

      SEXUAL METAL HOLOCAUST WILL CRUSH POSER GAY

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3BL6va-Lyw

      • Please come to Brasil m/

        • Howard Dean

          WE COME AND FUCK OFF RIO
          WE MAKE YOU THRASH BITCH
          HEAVY ROCKING METAL MOTHERFUCKER
          NEXT WE COME TO JAKARTA

        • that’s where Moshito lives

          • MoshOff

            gibe moni plos br br huehue @dagonthefishgod:disqus

      • Hubert

        Wow.

      • Tyree

        Have you heard their newest album yet? I have not.

        • Howard Dean

          No, I haven’t. But I should probably check it out. I still spin Rocking Metal Motherfucker every now and then for some good primitive fun.

          Looks like HH has it on CD and vinyl. Might need to grab it.

          http://shop-hellsheadbangers.com/barbatos-straight-metal-war.asp

          • Tyree

            I’ll probably stream it first and then make my decision, but I’m sure it’s going to kick ass. Hey, I can’t remember if I told you or not, but I did order Fallen Angel of Doom…. from NWN. I should be getting it within a day or 2.

          • Howard Dean

            Yeah, I remember you saying that! Nice! You got the CD, right?

            According to tracking numbers, I should have the SwarÞ – Omines Pestilentiae CD at my mailbox today. It’s flown under the radar a bit this year, but I’m super excited for it. Even after the Devouring Star delay, I ordered from Daemon Worship again. There was a delay of a couple weeks on the shipping again this time (not quite as long, though).

            https://daemonworship.bandcamp.com/album/omines-pestilentiae

          • Tyree

            I heard SWARÞ’s newest EP and that was it. I’ll make sure to check out this Compilation here.

        • IronLawnmower

          Thanks for reminding of that. It’s out now yay!

  • This is great thrash. The solo in The Last Day song is surprinsingly good. Great finding and nice to have another poser ripping article one more time by your hand, Simon.

  • Rho Stone

    Just so you know, Chile is the Sweden of South America. It’s best functioning place around and they get to have all the cool bands https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbbdqoGnHEc

    • Maik Beninton

      I agree with this statement.

    • Maik Beninton

      That guitar tone.

    • EsusMoose

      Do they also have a bunch saunas?

      • Rho Stone

        They got the crappiest part of the continent, it’s a wonder how well they’ve milked it.

    • Sir Tapir the Based

      Being the Sweden of anything is never good.

  • ME GROG™

    GROG LIKE!!!!!! BUT PREHISTORIKK THRASH ALWAYS BE GROG FAVORITE!!!!!!

  • IronLawnmower

    This a thing I like. Bit generic but it slays so who tf cares.

  • That band logo alone makes my penis the big penis. Will check these dudes out.

  • That’s a paddlin’

    I’d maul a man’s head in to this. Is nice.

  • Disgustache
  • Malted Hate

    This stuff is pretty killer. I’ve been bored with most thrash for a while, but this is great. It has that proto-death metal touch which is always a plus in my book.

  • JW(E)G

    Victoria has something of a thrash deficiency that goes back to at least the early oughts, if not the mid 90’s. It’s hard to maintain an enthusiasm for a subgenre that isn’t well-represented locally, but I keep an open mind and occasionally an open wallet.

    There’s only one active local band I can think of that’s explicitly a “thrash” band and not a subgenre-straddle (or a speed metal band instead):

    https://torrefy.bandcamp.com/

  • CT-12

    Fuck yeah Simon, this band slays. Sounds like what I wanted from the new Merciless Death album, but never got. Thanks for sharing dude!

  • Thank Surtr you wrote. So far this year, not a single thrash metal album has made it on my best of lists. I haven’t found very many thrash bands that have released anything at all, much less something good.