The Hellbender Suite

by Reptiljan

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Reptiljan combines the blast-beats of grindcore and the broken rhythms of drill’n’bass/breakcore, samples in everything from 1980’s heavy metal to modern hip-hop and lets in a good dose of abrasive noise and distortion.

Reptiljan is a manic burst of noise, hectic rhythms and splintered guitars, making the listener squirm, laugh uncontrollably and see lizards on the walls.

Reptiljan is a mutant radiating energy, related in spirit to artists like Napalm Death, Venetian Snares, Kid606, Painkiller (John Zorn, Bill Laswell, Mick Harris), Beherit, who are breaking the different boundaries of music.

Reptiljan is a violent and humoristic combination of different styles and something completely new.

Reptiljan is music you can laugh at! This music is far removed from the dead seriousness and graveness all too often connected with electronic music. Reptiljan’s latest gig came to a grinding halt after just three minutes burst of ruckus and tormented beats as the PA went silent, leaving the artist swearing and laughing. The audience reacted with applause spiced with laughter. Even the mystical Snap Crackle Pope was laughing into his mitre somewhere behind the curtains…!

Reptiljan is a project by Niko Skorpio. A project where he lets go all the energy bubbling inside him, sparing nothing. Niko Skorpio has been actively involved in underground music scenes from the beginning of the 1990’s. He has behind him a number line-ups, styles and albums; this album by Reptiljan is the latest and certainly the loudest and most energetic!

The Hellbender Suite is a half-an-hour package of compressed energy, a dirty bomb purifying both mind and soul. In Pangrenade, blastbeats get layered over and over again, growing into an aggressive wall of sound, which collapses under its own weight in order to rise up again. Freegulls is arrogantly pilfering a recent hit, bending it into unrecognizable knots. Outauguration of the Chimp Zombie is an instinctual regurgitation on world politics pouring straight out from the spine… All in all, 11 tracks and 28 minutes.

The Hellbender Suite is dedicated to Nuclear Death, Beherit and Impetigo (cult bands from the change of the 80-90’s, in case you didn’t know) and naturally to Cryptobranchus alleganiensis, who lent his name to the album.


released May 23, 2005

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