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Friday, October 20, 2017

Review: Night Viper - Exterminator


Night Viper, the metallers coming from Gothenburg, Sweden, only exists for three years. However, Night Viper, who plays another kind of metal than the style Gothenburg is known for, already have their second album released today. It is called Exterminator and is released through Listenable Records.

In 2016, Emil Ridderstolpe left Night Viper and since then he has been replaced by Johan Frick. On Exterminator Johan will, together with Tom Sutton, take care of the guitar-sound. Furthermore, Night Viper's lineup consists of vocalist Sofie-Lee Johansson, drummer Jonna Karlsson and bassist Ruben Ahlander Persson.

The first thing I noticed about Exterminator is of course the beautiful cover. What a very nice, detailed work of art is this. Hopefully it promises something about the music.

After the short build-up of Night Viper's first track, No Escape, it immediately can be heard that Night Viper brings a fresh sound. Night Viper's music has a vibe somewhere between doom, stoner and old school heavy metal, but it surely doesn't sound dated. Sofie-Lee Johansson's beautiful, doom-like voice perfectly fits the catchy but heavy music, in which guitarists Tom Sutton and Johan Frick really shine. For example, the solo's in Never Win and Revenge are really worth listening to. However, thrashy riffs aren't unknown to Tom and Johan, as can be heard in Ashes and Exterminator for example. Drummer Jonna and bassist Ruben take care of the solid rhythm section here. After the first nine tracks (35 minutes) Night Viper give all they have one more time in the 7-minute during All That Remains. When the last seconds of this beautiful final piece pass, you will realize how fast the past 42 minutes have gone by.

What a beautiful album Night Viper released with Exterminator! This album is highly recommended for everyone who digs doom, stoner and/or old school heavy metal.

Written by Tim van Velthuysen

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