CD review HIGH REEPER ‘Higher Reeper’

(7/10) High Reeper is based in Philadelphia and plays doom and stoner rock. The band was formed in 2016 and the newest longplayer ‘Higher Reeper’ is their sophomore album after having premiered in 2016 with ‘High Reeper’.

Although the title of the sophomore release is more kind of playing with words the new longplayer is a bit higher in the ranking than their first strike. After the addition of their new drummer Justin Di Pinto the line-up was completed and ready for some new adventures in the doom metal. High Repper are inspired by bands like Black Sabbath. Songs like the fabulous ‘Bring the Dead’ are built on some ‘Paranoid’-inspiration, a songs that belongs to the best on the album.

The strongest part of the album is anyhow the middle section, which is kick-started by ‘Bring the Dead’. The Endzeit-like acoustic ‘Apocalyptic Hymn’ is next on the tracklist and a well-placed contrast on this tracklisting. It’s this anthem that’s certainly the most emotional moment on the album before slo-mo riffs return with ‘Foggy Drag’. A sinister bassline starts the song that builds up to slowly rolling sonic avalanche.

The rest of the album isn’t bad either but also spreads less excitement than the great middle section. Doom metal fans can check out this album that shows an underground scene that’s still intact.


(7/10)

Tracklist:

  1. Eternal Leviathan
  2. Buried Alive
  3. Bring The Dead
  4. Apocalypse Hymn
  5. Foggy Drag
  6. Obsidian Peaks
  7. Plague Hag
  8. Barbarian

Label: Heavy Psych Sounds

Genre: Doom Metal / Stoner

Release Date EU: March 24th, 2019

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