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REAPERS RIDDLE GAME OVER EP REVIEW 2014

 

REAPER'S RIDDLE - GAME OVER (EP)

SELF-RELEASED

JANUARY 3 2014

 

 

Reapers Riddle is a Metal band from Perth Western Australia that really deserves to break out of the local scene and not only be heard nationally, but internationally. Over the last few years each release has built upon the last, and now, so soon after the excellent single ‘Drop’ hit late last year, we get another EP of fine Metal.

 

Leading off with the Metallica-flavoured ‘Game Over’ this is and EP that shows subtle diversity while also playing to the strengths of the band members. There’s a solid as Arnie’s abs backline and some wonderful guitar, but it really is Mitchell’s vocals that prove to be Reaper’s ace in the hole. From outright power – like on the Nu-Metal of ‘Fade to Grey’ through the more atmospheric – almost vintage Queensryche-like ‘The Clock Part 1’ it’s a band playing with a loaded deck.

 

What you get here is a solid four tracks from a band at the top of their game, who love their Metal but don’t play the genre game. Rob Zombie both visually and musically is clearly an influence on tracks like the driving ‘Labyrinth’ but this is no dreary sound-alike band – it’s a band full of life and with energy to burn.

 

Taking it down a notch ‘If You Died Tomorrow’ with acoustic opening and progressive leanings is another layer to unpeel. This is a band that seems capable of anything and one that isn’t defined by narrow genre boundaries. It’s Metal for sure, but it’s that self-assured and has such a sense of identity  they end up sounding like no one but themselves and that in itself is so rare these days.

 

We look forward to the next full length release with baited breath. Let’s hope the rest of the world catches on soon.

 

 

by Mark Diggins

 

 

REAPERS RIDDLE GAME OVER EP REVIEW 2014