Staking claim to the Philly/Delaware corner of stoner rock is the five piece known as High Reeper and they have set November 3 for their independently released self titled debut. It’s an album full of Sabbathian riff worship mixed with the kind of DIY ethos St. Vitus was known so well for in their early days (think Born Too Late). The power of the riff definitely compels this band as they bend and mold each one with an unfettered ease generally reserved for the more seasoned vets. But on top of that they keep a mean groove throughout and the vocals remind of early Ozzy so there’s that, and it doesn’t hurt a bit. Today we have a premiere of lead off track “Die Slow” and it’s all of the above and much more so dive in to take a listen.
As stated previously, riffs rule this track alongside fuzzy production and crystal clear vocals. High Reeper kicks out the good feelings and the old school metalhead jams that remind me of high school days spent with a Sony Walkman and big headphones, so stay tuned for their self titled full length on November 3. The band’s Bandcamp page will be up and running soon but for now keep up with all things High Reeper on their Facebook page.