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| 13 February 2014 | Reply

Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar

Reapers Riddle - Game Over EP cover

Reaper’s Riddle is that rarest of Heavy Metal bands – one that crucially understands that to be heavy, modern and relevant, you do not have to forgo all trace of melody and intelligibility, and consequently every release from them is more compelling, interesting and enjoyable that the last.

All the elements of a world class metal band are present on Game Over – crushing riffs, frenzied solos, memorable songs covering interesting lyrical themes, and in Clayton Mitchell they are fronted by a singer who can really sing, not to mention growl menacingly at the appropriate moment.

There’s a touch of prog-metal to what these Perth stalwarts do, in their over the top zombie-edged live show, their intricate playing and lyrics that go far over the horizon from the stereotypical ‘hey baby let’s go out tonight’ brand we’ve heard so many times before.

The Clock Part 1 sees an edgy Mitchell over a riff worthy of Tony Iommi’s Heaven & Hell, his performance showcasing his vocal range as it alternates between clean and melodic and raw and intimidating.

Closing track If You Died Tomorrow thought provokingly reflects on the legacy we’ll leave behind when we’re gone, starting softly and again showcasing Mitchell’s talent atop a band that knows when to go at breakneck speed, and when to show restraint and a lighter touch.

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