Review: Bell Witch’s Mirror Reaper

Bell Witch depicts loss in the abstract, its lyrics contemplating the meditative and melancholic limitations of what it means to be grateful. Their drummer, Adrian Guerra, provides most of the vocals on the record; he died prior to the album’s release. Though his presence hangs over every note on Mirror Reaper, the album’s greatness should not be defined by the tragedy surrounding it. The piece itself is a towering achievement—a balance of empty space and endless sound.

 

Mirror Reaper is undeniably melodic, yet the experience of listening to it is less defined by the arc of a melody than by the tension of each note. It’s a cliché to say the space between notes is just as important as the notes musicians play. In Mirror Reaper, Bell Witch leaves space wide enough to hear the meaning.

 

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