Ripped To Shreds – 魔經 – Demon Scriptures (Pulverised Records)
Review by Steve Thomas-Green
I am not a big fan of Death Metal, as a rule. But every now and then, a release hits the spot and I’m at a loss to why I don’t listen to the genre more often.
Here we have a California based project, which is the brainchild of Andrew Lee and he does everything on this EP, bar the drums, which are handled, superbly, by Kevin Paradis.
Confusingly, the live version of the band are Taiwanese, which I’m presuming is the heritage of Andrew Lee, especially as the subject matter for the songs is based around Chinese horror and folklore.
Throw into the mix some Swedish Death Metal and the feeling of a more evil/satanic version of Slayer and it’s a potent combination. And despite the heaviness of the music on offer, this is very accessible. And I like music that can beat the shit out of you, but can also offer a modicum of melody.
Andrew isn’t a slouch in the song writing department either, with the songs ranging from the 44 second blastfest of Pseudoelixir to the Doom influenced 10 minute epic, Sun Moon Holy Cult Part 1. The other 2 tracks are both around the 3 to 4 minute mark and are exactly what you’d expect to hear on a Death Metal release… lethal blasting with a pulverising rhythm section and a cool line in spewed out lead guitars.
I think Ripped to Shreds are a band with a very exciting future ahead of them… definitely a band worth checking out, whatever your taste in Metal may be.