West Coast death metal trailblazers RIPPED TO SHREDS will unleash their Relapse debut full-length 劇變 (Jubian) on October 14th. In advance of its release, today the band shares new track, “漢奸 (Race Traitor).”
Frontman Andrew Lee comments, “I’ve been a melodeath fan from day one, so ‘Race Traitor’ is my take on Eucharist/Intestine Baalism style melodeath. The lyrics here directly speak to the experience of existing as a minority in a country where any action is seen as representative of their whole race.”
Stream RIPPED TO SHREDS’ “漢奸 (Race Traitor)” at THIS LOCATION.
View the band’s previously released video for “Reek Of Burning Freedom” (directed by Kevin Burleigh) HERE.
RIPPED TO SHREDS will perform at Bloodshed Fest in Netherlands April 29th-30th, 2023! Stay tuned for more RIPPED TO SHREDS live performance announcements soon.
Led by guitarist/vocalist Andrew Lee, RIPPED TO SHREDS emerges from the underground with their most fully realized and visceral work yet. Recorded and mixed by Lee in his home studio and mastered by Damian Herring at Subterranean Watchtower, 劇變 (Jubian) is RIPPED TO SHREDS at their most focused and refined.
劇變 (Jubian) bursts wide open with “Violent Compulsion For Conquest,” an elegantly dark, new kind of chainsaw sound teeming with acidic vocals gnashing out lyrics inspired by the Mukden Incident. From its lightning-flash solos to those immensely killer echoing “Ough!”s, this absolute scather, according to Lee, was born to lead. Elsewhere, longtime RIPPED TO SHREDS fans will find the latest chapter of the ongoing “Sun Moon Holy Cult” saga to be its most thrilling episode thus far. One of the album’s most impressive and catchiest tracks, “漢奸 (Race Traitor),” represents that “straight-up melodeath” banger Lee says he’s always wanted to produce while also giving vent to his experience as a minority in America. The charring “Reek Of Burning Freedom,” Lee notes, is “an anti-war song” that incites to remind its discerning listers of the United States’ “indiscriminate bombing” campaign waged on North Korea during the Korean War. Chainsaw guitars, relentless drumming, dizzying solos, and disgusting growling throughout, 劇變 (Jubian) is undeniably ripping death metal.
All of the intensity of power coursing through 劇變 (Jubian) is somehow perfectly captured and rendered by Chinese artist Guang Yang, who also painted the cover of the last RIPPED TO SHREDS album. The statue on the cover is Mazu, the Taiwanese sea goddess. The setting of the painting was inspired by several of the local temples Lee has visited in Taiwan. “I felt like it was important to have something standing in for Chinese people,” Lee says. “The cultural context and impact of RIPPED TO SHREDS as a Taiwanese-American band cannot be understated; Lee declares that a driving force behind RIPPED TO SHREDS has been “to increase the visibility of ABCs [American-born Chinese] in extreme metal by being very blatantly Chinese.”
It’s not about taking over. With 劇變 (Jubian), which translates to “upheaval,” RIPPED TO SHREDS makes their intentions clear.
“Chock full of scathing vocals, chainsaw guitars, and a brand-new chapter of the ongoing ‘Sun Moon Holy Cult’ saga, 劇變 (Jubian) showcases RIPPED TO SHREDS’ signature brutal-yet-melodic style at full chisel.” – Decibel Magazine