REAPERS - World In Chains

Reapers - World In Chains

8 songs
42:29 minutes


Italian metalheads Reapers have been hit by bad luck. Shortly before they wanted to release their second CD World In Chains on Deadsun Records, who also took charge of their debut Metalness, the band was dropped from their label. As the recordings and mastering were already done, the band decided to take the more tedious way of releasing it by themselves.

The four members of Reapers play traditional metal of the slightly heavier kind. The basics of most songs consist of crunchy thrash riffs, with James Hetfield having them inspired more than a little in the vocal department. This can be heard immediately on the opener Anywhere But Here, a track which is not only rather fast and straight forward, but also sports a dirty production as was the fashion twenty years ago. Unfortunately, this song is already the highlight of the album, even though the guitar solo is already a little too much for me. Half of the songs are traditional thrash metal, although never as convincing as performed by the classic and even some contemporary bands. Sometimes it seems as if Reapers have problems getting started or add unnecessary parts to their music. Cut This Head for instance needs two entire minutes for the vocals kicking in, making its start sound like the pseudo-metallic entrance themes of certain professional wrestlers.

There is also a softer side to Reapers where they are more technical than on their thrash material, although they sound awkward at that too. The rather unusual structures paired with the soft vocals would fit better a Steve Vai than a thrash band. All in all, their thrash as well as their softer side are too enamoured with their guitar skills, which after a certain time can become quite unnerving.

As of now, the band is looking for a new label and a new guitarist. The former will be a lot harder than the latter, because Reapers might have to develop a more aggressive sound to gather more acceptance from the metal community.

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