The chainsaw-doused RIPPED TO SHREDS return once again with the second conceptual full-length record “亂 (Luan)”, ten serrated tracks of galling, uncompromising Death Metal with labyrinthine structures; loosely based on an ancient Chinese war-themed folktale.
With a fresh line-up consisting of Justin Bean (Trenchrot, Daeva, etc) and Tom Warrior (Obscure Transmissions, Death Fortress, Siege Column, etc), “亂 (Luan)” also features forward-thinking sixstringer Takafumi Matsubara (Gridlink, Retortion Terror, etc), Phil Tougas (Chthe‘ilist, Funebrarum, etc) and Horrendous axeman Damian Herring on guest guitar solos. “亂 (Luan)” truly bridges the gap between old and new Death Metal by incorporating an interesting twist to a closely guarded sound for decades.
Mixed by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studio (Atrament, Extremity, Necrot, etc), mastered by Damian Herring at Subterranean Watchtower Studio (Blood Incantation, Suffering Hour, Witch Vomit, etc) and imposingly monumental artwork by Chinese artist Guan Yang (Infant Annihilator, Ritual Day, etc).
Vinyl versions of “亂 (Luan)” will be lavishly denominated in the following variants:
- 100 copies Mustard & Orange Merge with Black, Gold and Brown Splatter Vinyl
- 100 copies Beer Inside Ultra Clear with Orange and Yellow Splatter Vinyl
- 300 copies Black vinyl
Best extreme metal album from the last three or four years. Period. It's unrelentingly intense while allowing room to breathe. Heavy as an anvil on your ballsack, but never sacrificing melody. This music goes somewhere - no static riffing. Buy it in a physical format. The artwork is truly beautiful. dharmalogos