Clocking in at just under 17 minutes, this is slightly deceptive as almost a third of the time is devoted to a surprisingly faithful cover of Pantera’s Mouth for War.
The remaining 12 minutes or so of the band’s own music is much more ferocious, and definitely not your normal brand of extremity.
So, this mixes grindcore savagery with mathcore extremity and the kind of technical metal shredding that would shame a virtuoso. Think of some over-the-top techdeath band mixed with Agoraphobic Nosebleed, crossed with Discordance Axis, then add in some Training for Utopia and a touch of Zao in the slower moments.
Grizzly are inventive and stuff a lot of good ideas and interesting riffs into this short release. Brutality and technicality share an easy truce in their war against each other, and although the band take advantage of both of these, it sounds as if technicality will win the big prize eventually.
Reaper is both impressive and enjoyable, as well as having a more individual approach than most, which is always to be applauded. It’s very much niche music, of course, but if you’re into frenzied insanity and unhinged chaos, then Reaper is definitely for you.