About “The Ripper”
“The Ripper” is a hidden song by Overkill from their album W.F.O.
Tracks 12-95 of W.F.O. are blank 1 second tracks. Track 96 is 2:56, and track 97 is 9:00. Track 98 contains rehearsals for 3 covers: “Heaven and Hell” by Black Sabbath, “The Ripper” by Judas Priest, and “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” by Jimi Hendrix, in that order.
“The Ripper” was originally recorded by British heavy metal band Judas Priest. It was released on their 1976 album Sad Wings of Destiny. Written by guitarist Glenn Tipton, the song is known for its fast-paced and aggressive sound, showcasing the band’s signature heavy metal style.
“The Ripper” is inspired by the infamous serial killer Jack the Ripper, who terrorized the streets of London in the late 1800s. The lyrics describe the fear and panic caused by the mysterious killer and capture the chilling atmosphere surrounding his crimes. Lead vocalist Rob Halford’s powerful and soaring vocals add intensity to the song, while the driving guitar riffs and blistering solos create a memorable musical backdrop.
W.F.O. is the tenth studio album by American thrash metal band Overkill. Released in 1994, the album showcases Overkill’s signature aggressive sound and intense energy. The title stands for “Wide Fucking Open,” reflecting the band’s intent to deliver a raw and unrelenting thrash metal experience.
W.F.O. features a mix of fast and furious tracks, characterized by heavy guitar riffs, rapid-fire drumming, and Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth’s distinct vocals. The album maintains a consistent level of intensity throughout, with standout tracks like “Fast Junkie,” “Under One,” and the title track “W.F.O.” The lyrics explore themes of rebellion, social commentary, and personal struggles.
Despite being released during a challenging period for thrash metal, W.F.O. received positive reviews from fans and critics for its relentless aggression and memorable hooks. It captures the spirit of Overkill’s early sound while showcasing their evolution as a band. The album remains a favorite among fans of thrash metal and stands as a testament to Overkill’s enduring influence in the genre.
How to find “The Ripper”
On CD: Go directly to track #98 (second song)
Listen to “The Ripper”
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