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CD REAPERS RIDDLE DROP CD SINGLE REVIEW

REAPER'S RIDDLE

DROP (SINGLE)

 

SELF-RELEASED

 

AUGUST 2013

 

 

 

 

 

Reaper’s Riddle has always been that local Metal band that you thought had the talent, the ability and the sheer bloody-mindedness to succeed in a world where seemingly everything is going against Rock Music. The disintegration of the labels, the fragmenting of genres to the point where people don’t even realise the irony in believing that they really are an ‘Industrial Folk Metal’ band or whatever tiny sub-genre they might want to be kings of for a day until someone else takes up that tag or re-splits the genre in two. To me there’s Metal and there’s Hard Rock and there’s great, good, bad and promising…

 

 

 

Well on the basis of this single (and God do I hate the tantalizing nature of singles that always leave you wanting to hear if the band can sustain it) Reaper’s Riddle has taken that step towards greatness. The track ‘Drop’ is as powerful, brooding, dark and well-constructed as anything Metallica happened upon up until The Black Album. It has all the hallmarks of what I love about Metal but also sounds startlingly accessible and that’s in part due to Clayton Mitchell’s fine vocal and some great production that adds a layer of keys and some great flourishes to what is already a very solid and absorbing song.

 

 

 

In fact the thing that really gets the blood pumping about this release is how it all fits together – the production is spot-on, execution exemplary, Clayton’s lyrics too offer more than most. There’s a nice homage to Metallica in there too (whether fully intentional or not). This really could be the start of something on an entirely different level for a band that has always delivered live: but like so many great local bands it’s very much a case of who’s listening and where to next? The answer should be everyone and some very big stages.

 

 

 

The single offers one further track and it’s always great to start with a scream: ‘Devil’s Fire’ underlines its arrival with a decent throat-clearer. The song has a great groove to the extent where you can almost imagine it getting the most ardent non-Metalhead’s foot tapping. It’s again built on a solid riff and I love the slight pause before the solo and the vocal effect on the chorus.

 

 

 

On the evidence of this advance single from what will be Reapers’ highly anticipated concept album 'The Ballad of Tristan Daye' there is not only good enough reason to believe it may well herald the best we’ve seen yet from Reaper’s Riddle but also some of the best Metal to come out of Perth for a long time.

 

CATCH THE SINGLE AND NEW VIDEO RELEASE AT:

The Civic Hotel, 981 Beaufort St, Inglewood WA 6052

DATE: 16th of August 2013

DOORS: Open at 8pm untill 12am

ENTRY: $10 entry with free Single

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

REAPERS RIDDLE DROP CD SINGLE REVIEW 2013