Bell Witch - Mirror Reaper



8.4 | 12 votes |
Release date: 20 October 2017
Style: Funeral doom metal

Owners:

5 have it
11 want it


01. Mirror Reaper (As Above)
02. Mirror Reaper (So Below)

Additional info
Cover Art: Mariusz Lewandowski

Format: 2xCD/2xLP/Digital

Staff review by
ScreamingSteelUS
Rating:
8.7
Bell Witch already had a broader emotional span and more colorful sonic palette than most funeral doom bands, but informed by the untimely death of former drummer/vocalist Adrian Guerra last year, Mirror Reaper embodies something even heavier and more personal. The sober, reflective nature of the band's sound feels even more palpable than before. Thrice now they have produced a serious contender for doom album of the year.

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published 20.10.2017 | Comments (1)

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07.08.2017 - 17:37
3rdWorld
The Psilosopher
This.looks.insanely.cool.

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07.08.2017 - 17:39
DeliciousDishes
Cover looks amazing and they haven't let me down yet, but I really am unsure wether I can be hyped for this album. A single 83 minute track (or 2 tracks according to bandcamp EDIT: I think that might be the song size limit of bandcamp? Other single song albums get split up as well) might be too much for my tastes. Let's hope they can mix things up more than before, or else this might end up being way too long for its own good.
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08.08.2017 - 14:00
LuciferOfGayness
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Written by DeliciousDishes on 07.08.2017 at 17:39

Cover looks amazing and they haven't let me down yet, but I really am unsure wether I can be hyped for this album. A single 83 minute track might be too much for my tastes. Let's hope they can mix things up more than before, or else this might end up being way too long for its own good.

Ive spun Four Phantoms today and its the best genre offers imo, it certainly doesnt need any " more mixing up". Ive never understood people who listens to albums and then wants them to be different or sound like another genre. This is funeral doom and then the most interesting thing you can do with it is taking the genre to its limits. So I am hoping that this is the most boring, repetetive and drag out album of all time - then it will appeal to my funeral doom taste.
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08.08.2017 - 14:21
DeliciousDishes
Written by Guest on 08.08.2017 at 14:00

Written by DeliciousDishes on 07.08.2017 at 17:39

Cover looks amazing and they haven't let me down yet, but I really am unsure wether I can be hyped for this album. A single 83 minute track might be too much for my tastes. Let's hope they can mix things up more than before, or else this might end up being way too long for its own good.

Ive spun Four Phantoms today and its the best genre offers imo, it certainly doesnt need any " more mixing up". Ive never understood people who listens to albums and then wants them to be different or sound like another genre. This is funeral doom and then the most interesting thing you can do with it is taking the genre to its limits. So I am hoping that this is the most boring, repetetive and drag out album of all time - then it will appeal to my funeral doom taste.

Four Phantoms is probably my favourite in the genre as well (at least of the more emotional funeral doom variety), but Four Phantoms is really different here. Those are 4 songs with distinct features and themes, ranging from 10 to 20 minutes roughly. Especially Suffocation II sticks out a whole lot and is one of my favourite songs of all time. But would it have been if it was 90 minutes long? I doubt that. What I mean by "mixing things up", is that they have enough distinct parts for me to not get bored. Not necessarily that they experiment a ton or bring in other genres. You know, something like Suffocation II or the end of Rows (of Endless Waves). I'm also more of a song person (as in that I rarely listen to albums from beginning to end), so for me the album also has to overcome that hurdle. In just one track I'd like a bit more variety than Four Phatoms had.
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08.08.2017 - 14:34
LuciferOfGayness
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Written by DeliciousDishes on 08.08.2017 at 14:21

Written by Guest on 08.08.2017 at 14:00

Written by DeliciousDishes on 07.08.2017 at 17:39

Cover looks amazing and they haven't let me down yet, but I really am unsure wether I can be hyped for this album. A single 83 minute track might be too much for my tastes. Let's hope they can mix things up more than before, or else this might end up being way too long for its own good.

Ive spun Four Phantoms today and its the best genre offers imo, it certainly doesnt need any " more mixing up". Ive never understood people who listens to albums and then wants them to be different or sound like another genre. This is funeral doom and then the most interesting thing you can do with it is taking the genre to its limits. So I am hoping that this is the most boring, repetetive and drag out album of all time - then it will appeal to my funeral doom taste.

Four Phantoms is probably my favourite in the genre as well (at least of the more emotional funeral doom variety), but Four Phantoms is really different here. Those are 4 songs with distinct features and themes, ranging from 10 to 20 minutes roughly. Especially Suffocation II sticks out a whole lot and is one of my favourite songs of all time. But would it have been if it was 90 minutes long? I doubt that. What I mean by "mixing things up", is that they have enough distinct parts for me to not get bored. Not necessarily that they experiment a ton or bring in other genres. You know, something like Suffocation II or the end of Rows (of Endless Waves). I'm also more of a song person (as in that I rarely listen to albums from beginning to end), so for me the album also has to overcome that hurdle. In just one track I'd like a bit more variety than Four Phatoms had.

Ok, I can see your doubts. But the cover(in relation to the concept of the album), the bands description of the album and their earlier releases makes me pretty sure that this, despite the length of that single track, will be great. And then there is also this now: "Mirror Reaper sees the band explore the more meditative, melancholy, and introspective aspects to their sound through the introduction of long, lonely organ passages." Those parts could be up to 30-40 minutes and then there isnt much left so this could actually be a bit short
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10.08.2017 - 12:58
Dima
If Beksinski was still alive i'd have wagered it were his work. So good. Love the colour palette.
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17.08.2017 - 00:24
Jaeryd
Nihil's Maw
Written by Dima on 10.08.2017 at 12:58

If Beksinski was still alive i'd have wagered it were his work. So good. Love the colour palette.

It's actually Mariusz Lewandowski--indeed his work is somewhat similar to Beksinski, which is part of what drew me to it. He has an awesome Facebook page if you want to see more if his work, and in fact I had never heard of Bell Witch until he shared this album cover on his own page.
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22.08.2017 - 18:55
LuciferOfGayness
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From what I hear in the clip is that the growls has changed which was expected as the line up isnt the same - with all respect to Adrian the growls here sound awesome. But also that some of the minimalism is gone since there is an organ going in the background? I loved the minimalism on FP but this sounds as good as that with the organ. And they have added a bit of atmosphere or reverb to the cleans as well. Overall this actually sounds like Bell Witch and I havent heard anything....blablabla.
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22.08.2017 - 21:37
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
I don't usually delve into funeral doom all that much but that artwork!
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19.09.2017 - 19:47
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Oh fucking joy just received the download promo for Lords Of Metal. Btw the dowload promo is just one track of 83 minutes. SO it seems the CD en LP version will have the song split up into two parts.
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20.09.2017 - 17:49
Rating: 8
BitterCOld
Gringo
Imagine this is gonna be a swell release. can't wait.
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16.10.2017 - 22:04
DeliciousDishes
Hmmm, really don't think I like those vocals at the beginning of So Below.
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16.10.2017 - 23:33
VIG
Axxon N
Listening, I like it a lot so far, even better than Longing
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18.10.2017 - 18:22
DeliciousDishes
Has been basically on repeat the last three days and yeah it's pretty great.
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21.10.2017 - 23:36
Rating: 9
Paz
News Man
This must be here:



It took me a while to really appreciate this band's sound.. Mainly due to the tracks length and modest instrumentation. But damn, the atmosphere compensates for everything else. Terrific album!
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Axxon N
Written by Paz on 21.10.2017 at 23:36

It took me a while to really appreciate this band's sound..

Took you long enough
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Today - 05:12
Dima
Written by Paz on 21.10.2017 at 23:36

This must be here:



It took me a while to really appreciate this band's sound.. Mainly due to the tracks length and modest instrumentation. But damn, the atmosphere compensates for everything else. Terrific album!


where's the wallpaper version? D: 2small
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