Following the release of their acclaimed second full-length, Experiment Of Existence, Chile’s premier thrash band Ripper are back with their first new material in three years. Sensory Stagnation feels like a continuation and evolution of the band’s established sound.
The high-speed thrashing and intricate riffs are still there, as well as the philosophical lyrics and incomprehensibly good bass work. But the band has leaned a little further into their progressive influences, with a more pronounced presence of Atheist riding shotgun with their usual Teutonic and South American thrash forerunners. The result is an outing that feels rich despite a runtime of roughly 20 minutes, loaded with some of the band’s best playing and most fascinating ideas to date. The track Unreal,
Sensory Stagnation is coming September 30th on CD, cassette and digital platforms from Unspeakable Axe Records, with a vinyl release to follow from Dark Descent Records. Angry Metal Guy states about Ripper, «Boasting a robust, supercharged thrash engine, fueled by old school Kreator and Sepultura riffs, Chile’s Ripper do what their moniker implies, tearing it up with pinpoint precise thrash workouts delivered with the typical toughness and raw edge of their South American roots».