Coagulating Darkness is the new album by Hellripper, a one-man band from Aberdeen, Scotland, created by James McBain. The album will be released on April 14 through the German label Barbarian Wrath and the Scottish label Granite Factory Records, and we have for you the premiere of a song from the album called “Demdike (In League with the Devil)”.
This is Hellripper’s first full-length. It follows a debut EP in 2015 (The Manifestation of Evil), a trio of splits, and a compilation released last year (Complete and Total Fucking Mayhem). As you’re about to find out, Hellripper is a name that suits the music very well — because this is black thrash and speed metal that rips hell.
The high, rapidly vibrating riff that reverberates through the opening of “”Demdike…” is positively poisonous, and immediately infectious. It sinks its hooks in deeper and deeper every time it appears, but there’s a lot more to like as the song really starts to romp and ravage.
A pulsing demonic energy surges through the riffs, and a punk energy drives the drum rhythms (as Hellripper says, the music is “very much in the vein of old-school bands such as Venom, Bathory, Sabbat [JPN]”…). A hellish atmosphere surrounds this piece of addictive viciousness, thanks in part to the vibrancy of McBain’s sulfurous snarl, and on top of all that evil goodness, Mark Lerche contributes a guest guitar solo that’s pure hellfire.
Coagulating Darkness features cover art by Skadvaldur. It was recorded and mixed by McBain and mastered by Damian Herring at Subterranean Watchtower Studios. It includes guest vocal contributions by Calum Carruthers, Clark Core, George McBain, Yvonne Morrice — and the great David Ingram (Echelon, ex-Benediction, ex-Hail of Bullets).
Listen to both “Demdike (In League with the Devil)” and the previously released “Bastard of Hades” below. To pre-order the album, visit these locations:
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