Album Review: Hellripper – Coagulating Darkness (Self Released)

The one-man blackened death/speed metal project, Hellripper released Coagulating Darkness in April 2017. Eight tracks that take the listener to Hell & back.

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With a furious roar, Coagulating Darkness lets rip with all its might. Hellripper are here to send a message, one built around a wicked blend of traditional heavy metal riffs & death/blackened metal vocals. Bastard of Hades is blazing hot blast of high-tempo rhythmic metal. Transfixing in its feverish delivery.

With that opening you know exactly what you’re getting with the following 7 tracks. Fast paced metal packed with plenty of riffs, hooks & screaming solos. Tracks like Anneliese fire off a guitar solo as if it’s the easiest thing in the world. It also helps that they are horn-throwing, head-banging perfection.

The constant & unrelenting pace would get tiresome, something that Hellripper are definitely aware of seeing as the 8 tracks end up equalling less then 28 minutes long. This short of an album, its very hard to not enjoy every second of it.

The highlight comes at the mid-point of the album with the fantastic snarl & bite of Within the Everlasting Hellfire. It’s quickly followed by the twisted blast of fiery metal that is From Hell, a throwback song if there ever was one.

The short high tempo Black Invokation is a chance for the riffs to really take centre stage before the penultimate track, Conduit Closing goes even further with the speed metal vibe. Super fast & super heavy.

Coagulating Darkness comes to a close with the title track. The longest of the album & from the moment it gets going it’s easy to see why. A slower paced & mood-altering intro merges into furious drumming. All of Hellripper’s energy & passion is thrown into this blast of angry metal resulting in a finale that is likely to make you sweat.

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Hellripper – Coagulating Darkness Full Track Listing:

1. Bastard of Hades
2. Anneliese
3. Demdike (In League With the Devil)
4. Within the Everlasting Hellfire
5. From Hell
6. Black Invokation
7. Conduit Closing
8. Coagulating Darkness

You can pick up the album in all different formats over on Bandcamp as well as via streaming sites like Apple Music below. You can find out more & keep up to date with Hellripper news via Facebook & Twitter. Make sure you check out some videos over on YouTube too.

Hellripper - Coagulating Darkness (Self Released)
  • The Final Score - 8.5/10
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