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Reapter - Cymatics

by Andrej Romić (Nekrst Fanzine) at 26 February 2017, 7:14 PM

REAPTER are an Italian band with rather a weird, experimental, and albeit somewhat original playing style; and their newest record 2016’s “Cymatics” proves exactly that.

The album starts off with a nice progressive, experimental Death/Thrash riff, which is a bit odd for the Thrash Metal genre, but is still somehow unique in its own bizarre way. The vocals kick in and they instantly remind you of the legendary TESTAMENT. The fact that the band does sound a bit like a younger copy of them isn't a secret, and I bet they are proud of it - they should be. Of course, the record is not entirely influenced by the latter-named masters. The vocals are, the riffs only sometimes; however, they remain original, aggressive, and they follow the path of the vocals constantly. The vocals are audible and quite literally ‘crystal clean’.

It's all about the clean vocals on the first track “Repeat”. I fully understood some of the lyrical content, and it impressed me greatly; I liked the chorus and the ever-repeating “repeat”! (Haha). “Tsunami” is the second track, and it's way faster than the first one; it's aggressive, catchy, and it reminds me of classic, furious Thrash Metal from the 80's. Just by looking at the cover art, you can tell that the experience that the listener is about to get is going to be incredible. You can clearly see the band is influenced by sci-fi themes: technology, robots. The third track “Time Lapse” strays from the old school sound; it’s pretty modern, progressive Thrash Metal in the likes of  VEKTOR, RIPPER and EXPAIN. Next track, “The Alchemist” is a pretty diverse track, which varies between eras and is a mix of everything. It starts off with a slow, nice bass line, solid guitar riffs, and mad vocals.

If you want to hear some good and quality Thrash Metal done right, give this band a listen.

Songwriting: 7
Originality: 6
Memorability: 5
Production: 8

3 Star Rating

  1. Repeat
  2. Tsunami
  3. Time Lapse
  4. The Alchemist
  5. Life and Horror
  6. Behind a Mask
  7. Useless
  8. Fallen Angels
  9. Tram Out
  10. Omega Revolution (Instrumental)
Claudio Arduini - Vocals
Max Pellicciotta - Rhythm/Lead Guitars
Daniele Bulzoni - Rhythm/Lead Guitars
Jury Pergolini - Bass
Emiliano Niro - Drums
Record Label: Revalve Records


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