Viridian Inferno, the debut album from these Australian blackened speed/thrash metallers, is an easy album to review.
Why, you may ask?
They worship the early (very early) work of Sodom, Destruction and Kreator and Reaper’s snarling, punked-up, charred and cauterized sound owes everything (everything!) to the gloriously primitive caterwauling of In The Sign Of Evil (1985) / Obsessed By Cruelty (1986), Sentence Of Death (1984) and Endless Pain (1985).
Which means one thing. You’ve heard this blasphemous racket a million times before and yet it’s endlessly enjoyable nonetheless.
Reaper play fast, they slow down, they speed up again. They spit, scream, shriek and growl and the whole thing is over in the blink of an eye. No complaints here.
Tried and tested old-school blackened thrash is the only suitable description for the noise Reaper make, and if you’re getting a nostalgic twinge just thinking about the raucous cacophony of the above mentioned reference points (with a little Bathory and Hellhammer thrown in for good measure) then Viridian Inferno will sure as hell make you grin. Blast it! 7/10
Reaper’s Viridian Inferno was released on April 22nd, 2022 via Dying Victims Productions