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Soul Reaper - Life Erazer -Hammerheart Record - 2003 Reviewed by Chaoslord

Soul Reaper is one of those bands that I just have to buy anything they put out.

Granted this is only their second album, but still they are just bad ass. Featuring members from Dissection and Runemagick, Soul Reaper delivers classic death metal a la Morbid Angel/Death style. This album makes the first, "Written in Blood" look rather tame. This is one that will beat you down faster than a police officer in East L.A. Upon my first listen of this album, my mouth was agape at the sheer speed and heaviness that they play with. My arm gets tired of playing speed riffs after about 20 minutes and listening to this album just makes my arm scream out in pain. Not to mention I can't imagine how these guys are able to pull this stuff off live.

This is a fast album and if you aren't looking for something that is going to make you want to bang your head and break out the trusty air guitar, then stay away from this album. The drums are just skull crushing at times and the guitars and chunky and driving enough to jar the bones of a century old skeleton. For those of you looking for an evil tint to your music, Soul Reaper is quite evil as far as that is concerned. It's obvious that they are not fond of Christianity at all, and while this is an obvious fact for those familiar with the band, they are also quite Satanic. This album is definitely something that most bands dream of when their second album comes around. It shows you their growth and the fact that they don't plan to slow down and them getting a record deal wasn't a fluke.

Hopefully Soul Reaper will be around for awhile, because I will definitely continue to allow my ears to be massacred by their malevolent sound.


--Chaoslord 03.17.04
About this Writer:
Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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