Power of Metal.dk Review

An Atheist Monument
Style: Heavy Metal
Release date: 25 July, 2014
Playing time: 64:30

The German band Reaper is celebrating the band's 30th anniversary with a new album. They were formed in 1984 and played plain heavy metal (think Grave Digger, Running Wild, Accept). This is their fourth album so you can imagine that they have been out of the picture for quite some time.

In general their music is teutonic metal. Sometimes you hear a sporadic influence from other metal genres, a little black metal and a bit death metal, but that shouldn't have a name. The instrumental "Hetoimasia" is immediately one of the more interesting tracks. Also the guitar riff at the beginning of "Realms of Chaos" starts rather nice, and make me think of Metal Church a little. Then the song carries on like a Grave Digger track and the vocals of Daniel Zimmermann see to that also. It certainly would have been a pleasure telling you that the rest of the album is very interesting stuff, but I would be a liar then. The majority of the tracks to follow are average German heavy metal songs that do not get the same level as the songs of a band like Grave Digger. After the first 2 tracks I expected more, but it left me a bit dissapointed. They sure can't compete with Grave Digger yet.

I'm sure there will be a large fan base in Germany, but I think that's about it for them.

01. Hetoimasia
Realms of Chaos
Of Sheep and Shepherds
Horse Brigade
Hail the New Age
Voice Within
Well of Poison
09. Taste My Revenge
10. Ship of Fools
11. Fields of Joy
12. La Tristesse
Label: Massacre Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 24 July, 2014
Website: www.facebook.com/reapermetal