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The extreme punk, rock, hardcore sounds of Ripsnorter on their third full length c.d. entitled “Infected”, energizes and catapults the listener’s senses into a frenzied variety of emotion’s. Through the use of catchy guitar hooks, harmonic guitar back drops, powerfully thumping bass lines, smoothly delivered vocals, tasty drums and exaggerated time change, many of the thirteen songs on “Infected” are a real addictive treat to the ears.
This Minneapolis based band has created uniquely energetic music since 1994 with a viable fan base of self acclaimed, “Die hards”, spanning from every corner of the U.S. and in many foreign markets. Ripsnorters current lineup on there 2008 release, “Infected” is quite simply a well produced and fit mix of music with instrumentation by JME on lead guitar and vocals. Andy on rhythm guitar. They bring out the fullest in a reputable punk hardcore guitar sound. Ripsnorter has a strongly enhanced back rhythm and beat that is catchy and ritualistically dark at the same time driven by Jay on drums and Rob on the bass guitar. Filling the void between heaven and hell through a wicked low end.
From the eerie sound effects that are surprisingly welcoming on the opening song, “Wasteland” to the last distorted guitar/sing along of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s cult song (the only cover on “Infected”)”Bad Moon Rising”
I found the vocal effect’s on “Cocoon” to be a joyous change that erupted my imagination with strongly delivered vocals that garnished my attention thoroughly throughout. I felt part of being human (is the pain) of wanting the song to continue long after its ending. “Box of Culture” is another one of my personal favorites with an irreplaceable bass guitar (Rob) and lead/rhythm guitars that are punctuated on the beat of a dime at a split second by drummer Jay. Surprisingly the emotions of JME shine dangerously through the vocal affects and falsifies any discern that punk is for screamers without harmonious, catchy vocals.
The bands MySpace posted song at , “Caught Between Heaven and Hell” is just a small tantalizing tease of what one can find on this well produced L.P.(Mixed/Mastered at Logic Studios-Engineered by Brian “Gary”Bart) With an all out frontal bass assault and penetration rhythm guitars (Andy) going the distance from song after song, any fan of quality punk music with a flare for change and dramatics, will find themselves in a sing along, long after a few listens.
For more information on who Ripsnorter is and how you can obtain your copy of “Infected” visit the above mentioned MySpace or log onto
Ripsnorter definitely takes the road less traveled in music today with an all out balls to the walls attitude and thunderous punk rock sound. Ripsnorter continues to give the middle finger to the establishment without missing a beat in the constantly growing hardcore, punk, rock scene. Sinfully, Q/5 - Muen Magazine


By Kaleb Bronson
Like a death march of punk madness, Ripsnorter has entered a new
plain of musical chaos with the improved sound and die-hard mentality
of the new album “Infected.”
A band that started in 1994 with a thrash heavy influence has gained
a triumphant Karate Kid-like structure of sound, from taking out the
Cobra Kai with chord progression to using the crane to knock-out the
last cymbal slam, Ripsnorter has compiled years of global hardcore
influence to create “Infected.”
The forceful layers of the album make the listener stand and yell
for more, without Billy Idol. A chant heavy album of “rock,” with a
dash of the 80s, lets ears pound with pleasure.
From “Horizon,” a track built on memories, to the intensely
solo-soaked “Against the Grain,” both of which have a thick wall of
attitude built off of a solid vocal influence, some may recognize as
Glenn Danzig of The Misfits era (Ripsnorter also has a Misfits tribute
band titled Ripfits).
Ripsnorter has gathered the taste of a Black Flag concert of 1992,
with the heart of a Iron Maiden show of 86′ within “Infected.”
If the ears are faint of getting fried by random thoughts and the
chaos of old school punk rock, this is not the album to kick over
Grandma’s glass table to, but if kickin’ down doors only to hang from
the chandelier before leaving the party sounds like a Saturday night
fiasco of fun, then “Infected” will do justice. - Rift Magazine


* The Horror of it All vol.3 - 2 CD Comp 2009
* Infected - 13 Songs CD 2008
* The Best of MN Punk & Ska - CD Comp 2007
* This is Horrorpunk 2 - CD Comp 2007
* Wiping Out the Human Race - 16 Songs CD 2005
* We Will be Heard! 2 - CD Comp 2004
* We Will be Heard! - CD Comp 2003
* The Harder the Better - CD Comp 2003
* When There is No More Room in Hell - Split vinyl 7" ep w/Impaler 2002
* Hardcore - CD EP 2002
* Misfits Tribute III Stillborn Monster Babies - Comp CD 2002
* Roots V - The Pentangle - Comp CD 2001
* Here Come the Dead - MiSFiTS Tribute Comp CD 2000
* Beyond the Grave - Split 7"ep w/Impaler Released 1999
* Wake the Dead - 7"ep - Released 1998
* Roots II: The Return - CD Comp 1998
* From Hell They Came - MiSFiTS Tribute Comp CD 1997
* 4 Hits from Mars - MiSFiTS Tribute 7"ep 1996
* Pulse - 12 song CD 1996
* Emergence - 4 song Cassette 1994



RIPSNORTER: adj; archaic slang: a violently energetic or noisily outspoken person; something extreme; something or some person of extraordinary violence or power; someone of exceptional merit or quality.

we play what we play and it sounds however we end up playing it. We have a "core sound" but don't adhere to it for every song. The Ripsnoter formula tends to mix old-school 80's hardcore punk and horrorpunk (say if Discharge and the Misfits had a hybrid stillborn monster baby). Two distinctly different styles, but it works. You get a frothy mix of the energy and aggression with catchy melody and hooks, plus more lyrical material than you can shake a politically correct skull at. Horror, politics, satire, opinion, you get it all.

Caution: Noise Pollution Ear Protection Required. There are songs that are uniquely us, and some that probably sound like "this band" or "that band" (we get "Misfits" a lot, 'nuff said). There is a lot of genres we like (punk, metal, etc) and it comes out in our songs. Lots of bands evolve over time (hence the "their older stuff is better" stigma), after all, playing the same style gets kinda boring. Ripsnorter takes it song by song. Some material stems from the Pre-Ripsnorter band Conspiracy w/three-chord, four-part politi-punk to the polished Ripsnorter hardcore "Wall of Sound". Whatever comes out is what it is in the end. It's as simple as that.

The louder you yell, the harder we play. At live shows, we kick ass and we are freakin' LOUD. We all out to have fun and release a ton of energy and noise. When it comes down to it, music is entertainment - we're out to have a good time, just like everyone else coming to the show. From the word go, Ripsnorter kicks it into high gear often shredding thru half a set of hardcore before stopping for some stage banter.

We've headlined shows, opened shows, played with local, national and international acts, etc. and so-on.

Earl Root sums it up best in his favorite bands listing description back in '99 "Ripsnorter is in it for the sheer sake of the music". That pretty much says it all.

Ripsnorter: Four guys beating the shit out of your ears until we rot.