Article By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker ‡ Edited By: Leanne Ridgeway
The mastermind duo of Dylan Desmond (bass, vocals) and Jesse Shreibman (drums, vocals, and organ) have pushed far beyond the acknowledged parameters of doom here. The artwork for ‘Mirror Reaper’ was painted by Mariusz Lewandowski.
‘Mirror Reaper’ sees the band explore the more meditative, melancholy, and introspective aspects of their sound through the introduction of long, lonely organ passages and the return of honorary Bell Witch member, vocalist Erik Moggridge (Aerial Ruin), offering a prominent presence.
On the themes surrounding the concept and lyrics of ‘Mirror Reaper’, the band states,
“The title ‘Mirror Reaper’ is indicative of the Hermetic axiom ‘As Above, So Below,’ written with two sides to form one whole. The song is both its own and its reflection, as an opposite is whole only with its contrary. Our focus as a band has always been the perception of ghosts and the implied archetype of the dichotomy of life/death therein. ‘Mirror Reaper’ is a continuation of that concept.
During the writing process we were devastated by the loss of our dear friend and former drummer, Adrian Guerra. In love and respect to his memory, we reserved an important yet brief section in the song for him that features unused vocal tracks from our last album.
This specific movement serves as a conceptual turn in the piece, or point of reflection. We believe he would be proud of it as well. ‘Mirror Reaper’ was the first collaborative writing project with the new lineup, and Adrian’s death during it brought extra emotional weight. We sought to match the complexity and weight of these events within the composition of the piece.”