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RIPPED TO SHREDS announce EU tour dates; New album out now

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“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

West Coast death metal trailblazers RIPPED TO SHREDS Relapse debut full-length 劇變 (Jubian) is out now!

劇變 (Jubian) physical preorders on CD, LP, and cassette are available via Relapse.com HERE. Find digital downloads/streaming options HERE.

Additionally, RIPPED TO SHREDS announced April EU/UK 2023 headline tour dates! Tickets are on sale now & stay tuned for more RIPPED TO SHREDS live performance announcements in the near future.

Watch the “Reek of Burning Freedom” music video (Directed by Kevin Burleigh) HERE.

Read an in-depth interview with frontman Andrew Lee about劇變 (Jubian) and the band’s history on Stereogum HERE.

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“If you like your death-metal razor-sharp and lightly blackened, Ripped to Shreds is your new favorite band.”  – Revolver

“The San Jose band Ripped To Shreds are rising stars in the metal world thanks to their ferocious, electric take on death metal, largely inspired by their experiences as Asian-Americans.”  – Stereogum

“Cavernous death from this Taiwanese American entry to the Relapse release roster from their forthcoming 劇變 (Jubian) LP (translation: “upheaval”), and a brainripping vocal mix up face to face with a relentless instrumental avalanche.”  – Metal Injection

“Ripped to Shreds take it one step further, playing death metal that’s impeccably crafted and sonically mesmerizing, just a little faster, a little sharper and a hell of a lot more vicious.”  – Treble 

“a high-speed discharge of scathing, blizzard-like riffing tuned to chainsaw decibels, bullet-pumping drums, horrid bellowing growls, and deranged screams. The music scathes and boils but also gallops, clobbers, and menacingly broods, and it makes room for a fireball of a solo too. It’s utterly savage, and a great way to jump-start your heart, or to provide a welcome companion if you’re feeling really pissed-off.” – No Clean Singing

RIPPED TO SHREDS TOUR DATES:

Oct 22 Santa Cruz, CA @ Santa Cruz County Veterans Hall (劇變 (Jubian) Release Show)

EU 2023

Apr 21 Newcastle, UK @ Little Buildings
Apr 22 Leeds, UK @ Boom
Apr 23 London, UK @ Black Heart
Apr 24 TBA
Apr 25 Oberhausen, DE @ Emscherdamm
Apr 26 Weimar, DE @ Greber3
Apr 27 TBA
Apr 28 Selb, DE @ Rockclub Bayern
Apr 29 Hengelo, NY @ Bloodshed Festival

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劇變 (Jubian) Track Listing:

1. Violent Compulsion For Conquest
2. Split Apart by Five Chariots
3. 獨孤九劍 日月神教第三節 (In Solitude – Sun Moon Holy Cult Pt 3)
4. Harmonious Impiety
5. 漢奸 (Race Traitor)
6. Reek Of Burning Freedom
7. Peregrination To The Unborn Eternal Mother
8. Scripture Containing The Supreme Internal Energy Arts That Render The Practitioner Invincible Throughout The Martial Realm

Led by guitarist/vocalist Andrew Lee, RIPPED TO SHREDS emerge from the West Coast underground with their ferocious new album, 劇變 (Jubian). The death metal trailblazers unleash 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) proves to be RIPPED TO SHREDS at their most focused and refined.

The album 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 (Racetraitor),” 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 says, is “an anti-war song” that incites to remind its discerning listers of the 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 make their intentions clear.

Connect with RIPPED TO SHREDS:

facebook.com/rippedtoshredsband
instagram.com/rippedtoshredsdeathmetal
twitter.com/rippedtoshreds4
rippedtoshredsdeathmetal.bandcamp.com

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