Album: The Reaper Awaits Damnation
Reapermanser comes ripping into the scene with their debut The Reaper Awaits Damnation. It’s a great slab yet again in one of my favorite families of extreme metal–filthy black/punk that rings true of street metal. It’s all about the filth and the mess, getting up in one’s face. The fact that Reapermanser hails from Miami is another testament to this global reach of extreme metal. No longer are we limited to our local scenes, and sounds can find themselves anywhere on Earth with a router.
Reapermanser’s sound heavily emphasizses punk and thrash elements to drive forward their pieces, interspersed with metal transitions and structures. The songs aim to utilize punk aggression and tempo to drive the and promote a lively atmosphere, thus abandoning the potential mystical side of black/thrash that one would find in something like Destroyer 666. This rings true much more of Abigail and Gehennah, but it does have that down home dirtiness of something like Discharge or Sacrilege. I wouldn’t say that the sound is overly dominated by punk, but they are using punk aspects to come to the same conclusions. This combination proves to work well–the songs very easily and it is an incredible listenable album with some serious depth that requires multiple listens to understand. That being said, it is neither pretentious or overtly high minded, as good black/thrash/punk should be.
Unfortunately the production seems to be a major detriment here, in particular the drums–they are far too loud (and possibly triggered) and they do not gel with the guitar or vocals, making the whole record feel stilted. It’s a shame too, as most of the songs do hold up incredibly well despite their lack of tempo diversity.
The Reaper Awaits Damnation is a well written record that will absolutely appeal to previous fans of the genre, but the production may make it a bit more of a hit or miss for some. Either way, I look forward to Reapermanser’s efforts in the future and hopefully they’ll stick around and give us more raw American black/punk.
Check them out here on Bandcamp: https://reapermanser666.bandcamp.com/album/the-reaper-awaits-damnation