Profile: James McBain of Hellripper

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One man band Hellripper is a fierce blend of black and speed metal, tinged with the stylings of NWOBHM outfits such as Motörhead, Tank and Warfare and drenched in an extra dose of first wave black metal for good measure. 2017 saw the release of debut full length Coagulating Darkness, an album as infectious as it is articulate. Relentless in speed and delivering some of the filthiest, most memorable riffs in recent history, the only real flaw here is simply that you’ll wish the fun lasted longer. James McBain was recently kind enough to take a pause from other projects (Lord Rot, Lock Howl, Rats of Reality) to answer our set of Profile questions. Check out what he had to say and make sure to give Coagulating Darkness a listen while you’re at it.

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Album Review: RAM – “Rod”

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I long for the day when new heavy metal can exist with a voice of its own. A voice strong enough to shed the nauseating “vintage” labels, rooting itself so deep in innovation that the world stops questioning the genre’s ability to exist in this decade. I have followed Swedish heavy metallers RAM for years in faith that the band will help eliminate this stagnation from my most beloved area of metal, and their newest release Rod is a commendable attempt. Referencing the 1980’s out of pure accessibility can be understandable, but it feels like an injustice to prioritize a mention of the state of metal thirty years ago when RAM have proven they have much to contribute in 2017. Continue reading