Genre: Stoner, Heavy Metal
Country: U.S.A.
Label: Heavy Psych Sounds
Year: 2019

Whoever knows the Branca studios in Barcelona, probably know their famous motto “you can only trust yourselves and the first six Black Sabbath albums”. A damn catchy phrase that explains a lot for many bands out there that worship the early years of the genitors of Doom and Heavy Metal. Heavy Metal / Stoner rockers Higher Reeper formed in 2016, is made up of Zach Thomas, Justin Di Pinto, Andrew Price, Pat Daly and Shane Trimbleand and are coming from Philadelphia, U.S. . These quintet without doubt have the Branca studios slogan as their life motto. ‘Higher Reeper’ is their new, sophomore album that will come out on March 22nd 2019 via Heavy Psych Sounds. Their sound based on thick guitars is nice but it needs more personality though. Because as many bands that are inspired from Iommi’s riffing and the gloomy aura of Black Sabbath, they just can’t escape from their influencers. They have some interesting ideas and some parts are really worth exploring, but still we are in 2019 almost 50 years after the birth of heavy metal and the listener needs something much more than fanboy attitude in order to spend his time and money to you. They have the potential and I think that if they behave braver, they will find their place in the sun in the near future. Until that day comes…

2,5/6