Mirror Reaper
Bell Witch - Mirror Reaper
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2017 Ratings: #145 / 711
User Score
Based on 33 ratings
2017 Ratings: #47
October 20, 2017 / Release Date
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A.V. Club
All told, it’s a haunting listen.

Mirror Reaper very nearly reaches the heights/depths of Four Phantoms. One of the most exceptional qualities of Bell Witch is, despite the many aching ways they find to describe death’s sting, the band does not appear to intend to drag listeners down to the grave. That is a significant distinction, as a number of critically and commercially successful heavy metal bands are currently pushing deeper into Nihilism and Satanism.


Mirror Reaper is certainly an outstanding accomplishment in the Bell Witch catalogue. It may be their most emotionally stirring and musically ambitious record to date.

Tiny Mix Tapes

All of Bell Witch’s music is about death in one way or another, but Mirror Reaper represents a different kind of immersion with it.


Doom metal works with fewer notes at a time than thrash or death metal, so the key to its emotional power is to pour everything you’ve got into each one. Bell Witch do just that in Mirror Reaper’s quiet moments, which are more abundant than their previous albums, and also in its loud ones, where Shreibman lurches forward one kick of the bass drum at a time and Desmond carves mournful leads out of his extra wide fretboard.


Were Mirror Reaper trimmed in the right places, it would compliment some of the outstanding moments that are present throughout. Instead, said moments are flashes of brilliance lost in a sea of noise.

Oct 30, 2017*
EDIT: Okay maybe I'm not patient enough for it.

EDIT: Lol nevermind. I'm undergoing a bit of an unholy rebirth as a metal listener, and as a result I'm beginning to realize all the fantastic metal releases I overlooked this year. Mirror Reaper is actually quite wonderful, another metal highlight of 2017 for me--I just wasn't being patient enough with it before. It's slow moving, sure, and much of the runtime is relatively low key, but the compositions are uniformly great and the climaxes, when ... read more
Mar 16, 2018
this album is exactly how i like my spaghetti long and exquisite
Jan 19, 2018
80 minute song. No.
I know it's 80 minutes as an album, and if I take it in in sections maybe I will have a better time, but it's just a psychological thing i guess. I mean I listened to the BLUE intro in Jaden Smith's album, and I think it's a great opening to a fairly unmemorable album, but if it was a 13 minute song I would skip it, and that's 13 minutes. I just can't take it. It's too long, and also a bit too slow for me.
Jan 4, 2018
The effect of this album comes in waves, alternating between pulling me down with calm sadness, lifting me up with steeling resolve, pushing me down with death’s doors, and moments of comfort spruced in. It’s a patient and immersive listen, and feels intimate while reflecting the world.

More: https://medium.com/@bentn/my-top-40-albums-of-2017-fafe0848a2bf
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Added on: August 7, 2017