If a heavy dose of trippy stoner doooooom is the order for the day, well thank the Grim Lord you’ve landed in the right place. Once again the prolific Heavy Psych Sounds continue to bring us mammoth riffs drenched in fuzz, and that latest honour is brought to us by North Carolina’s Cosmic Reaper, who are literally about to drop their Self-Titled debut album.
Containing seven monstrous tracks that weave their way through a kaleidoscopic journey of heavy doom metal, today, and just twenty four hours before the official release date, we can bring you this crushing forty five minute debut in its entirety. So what are you waiting for, click play below, then head over to the Heavy Psych Sounds webstore where it’s available on Digipak CD and various glorious vinyl pressings.
More On Cosmic Reaper & Their Self-Titled Debut
Hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina, psych-doom outfit Cosmic Reaper delivers classic doom & stoner metal elements dipped in psychedelia. In its infancy, bass player Garrett Garlington and guitar player Dillon Prentice, together in Garrett’s kitchen, mixed heavy and fuzzy harmonies with crushing riffs.
Not long after, the duo added Thad Collis. His ethereal vocals and impassioned guitar harmonies are what built the band’s foundation. Jeremy Grobsmith, a Colorado Springs metal veteran (The Great Redneck Hope, Matterhorn and Worry) had recently moved to The Queen City, befriended the guys and was quickly asked to join. His hard-hitting and eclectic drum style rounded out the Cosmic Reaper sound and the band was born. Following a year of practice and fine tuning their sound, Cosmic Reaper made their live debut in July of 2019.
In September of that same year, they recorded the Demon Dance EP at Greensboro’s recording studio The Parliament House, alongside owner and maverick Jacob Beeson. Noteworthy exposure from doom metal focused podcasts and web-zines helped in the success of their first offering. Following the release, the band continued to perform regionally and then capitalized on the time afforded by the unfortunate shutdown of venues and they began writing their first full length album.
The band returned to Beeson’s studio in the summer of 2020 to start recording. Laden with droning riffs and down tempo walls of monolithic sound, they completed their crushing Self-Titled debut full length. Dripping with a classic 70’s attitude, mixing sci-fi oriented lyrics, brief but satisfying moments of prog exploration, all while keeping one foot firmly planted in modern doom, you start to get an idea of the interstellar journey that awaits. The heaviest elements are there and are guaranteed to move planets. The stars align and engines ignite as Cosmic Reaper claws at the soul of the genre.
Cosmic Reaper Tracklisting:
02. Heaven’s Gate
03. Stellar Death
04. Wasteland I
05. Wasteland II
06. Planet Eater
Cosmic Reaper are:
Thad Collis – Guitar, Vocals
Dillon Prentice – Guitar
Garrett Garlington – Bass
Jeremy Grobsmith – Drums
Cosmic Reaper will release their debut Self-Titled album tomorrow, 19th March via Heavy Psych Sounds, to purchase, head over to the labels webstore.