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LIVE REAPERS RIDDLE DROP SINGLE LAUNCH 2013

REAPERS RIDDLE

DROP CD SINGLE AND VIDEO LAUNCH

THE CIVIC HOTEL, PERTH

16TH AUGUST 2013

 

 

SETLIST: Labyrinth | Selfish | Fall away | Devils fire | The Clock (Part 1) | Look At You | Withered | Stride | My Blood | Zombified | Drop

ENCORE: Anti Karma

 

 

 

 

As far as local Metal goes Reaper’s Riddle has always been one of the bands I’ve kept a keen eye on. Over the last few years and after witnessing numerous shows with a number of different line-ups the philosophy has always been the same – get out there on the stage you’re given and put on a show that that will make people remember you. It’s a simple philosophy but one that has served Reapers well.

 

 


Building up a set of solid songs too always helps, and when you add to the mix a solid backline and some memorable guitar from Jason Edwards and Michael Willis you have the sort of foundation that can take you places.
Tonight’s show at The Civic also had the added attraction as being the official launch of the new single and video for ‘Drop’ which shows exactly how far Reapers has come in embracing not just their metal roots but also the hardest of hard rock. In truth ‘Drop’ may just be the best they’ve yet produced, but this is a band you always feel will stretch themselves to do so much more and the impending release of their new album may just provide that watershed.

 


On stage Reapers also have that special something. In Clayton Mitchell they have a front-man in the truest sense of the word – one that can engage and encourage the crowd from the first note to the last.  With snake-eye contacts and a mane of wild hair he’s part Rob Zombie and part James Hetfield with the delivery of a devlish David Lee Roth.

 


Bursting onto the stage with ‘Labyrinth’ there’s also another component worth mention – lyrically Reapers are both intriguing and artriculate which is something often forsaken in the Metal genre, usually for tried and tested cliche.

 

 

 


With the crowd on their side they proceed through some of their most memorable songs like: ‘Fall away’, new single B-side ‘Devils fire’ and the sublime ‘The Clock (Part 1)’ before cutting to the chase and blasting out highlights ‘My Blood’; ‘Zombified’ and new single ‘Drop’ which I at least am convinced if it a sign of things to come is the song that will take them to the next level – recalling as it does Metallica in their prime.   

 

  
With the crowd also gathered to witness the premiere of that single of the big screen the future looks bright as Mitchell’s eyes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

words and images by Mark Diggins

LIVE REAPERS RIDDLE DROP SINGLE LAUNCH 2013