German Mindreaper start out really, really strong with a simple,
heavy as shit riff, much like Swedish Mustasch in fact. Very promising beginning!
And it's an excellent production for a demo CD!
Sadly, the rest of the debut full-length doesn't quite live up the standard of
the first track. Every time I've listened to the album and reached track seven, Absolute Zero,
I've had the feeling that I've heard the track already. My mind wanders
a bit, I loose track of the album, even if High Water Mark catches my attention
for a while.
This is a sign that the compositions aren't sharp enough, there isn't enough
diversity - in other words; the song writing isn't consistently strong.
A few tracks stand out with excellent riffing and coherent composition, most
prominently so the already mentioned album opener Black Head, Power Commandment and High Watermark.
The very polite letter which accompanied the CD states that Mindreaper is one of
the more serious and ambitious bands in the metal scene. I can't really tell if
this is true, but I can tell that lots more work has to be put into the next CD.