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New Bongripper 7''

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Chicago's Bongripper drops a new 7'' to keep things nice and heavy in 2011.

The release's two tracks, "Sex Tape" and "Snuff Film," feature some surprising changes of direction. The band is still as loud as they've been on the LOVED Satan Worshipping Doom, but the tempo and style has changed a little bit.

Just as "Sex Tape" can't get any heavier, it speeds up into a drum beat a hardcore punk moshpit would go nuts for. I almost thought a blast beat was on the way.

"Snuff Film" makes a change that's even more surprising. Though I like song's dark and looming introduction, the track's bassline changes formation and leads the track into a stint that's almost pop punk in nature--or maybe heavy metal circa 1984. All I know is I could see Bruce Dickinson laying down some lyrics about a medieval battle over it. It's not long before the chords start booming again, though.

Overall, some pretty solid tracks and sounds. The two songs are available for a buck fifty on Bongripper's Bandcamp. What do you make of these two tracks?