donderdag 9 november 2017

Bell Witch – Mirror Reaper


Bell Witch – Mirror Reaper
Profound Lore Records – 2017
Rock, Doom, Metal, Funeral, Post, Sludge
Rated: ***

Every one-track album lasting over an hour, (or in this case 83 minutes) will be mirrored to Sleep’s Dopesmoker. There is no way around it. But Seattle’s drone doom duo Bell Witch’s  record Mirror Reaper has very little similarities to Dopesmoker. Without making any more comparisons to that legendary album Mirror Reaper is an album full of contradictions. Warm and glowing on many levels but always cold to the touch. Sickening and grief evoking with a slow funeral march, yet also with a glimmer of hope and light. Massive but also modest. The best thing about Mirror Reaper is the way the drums hypnotize and its ethereal, almost esoteric feeling. On both intense and ghostly parts. Cause like two sides of a coin and all the contradictions present, there is a distinct break in this droning funeral doom masterpiece. Which on vinyl will surely be represented by side A and side B. And like the album itself, it is a break from the world, a break from reality, and from past and present. Yes, it sits exactly right on that Number 5 spot of this months Doom Chart. Mirror Reaper is quite an album. You will live in it!

(Written by JK)



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