Reaper – Unholy Nordic Noise

Rating: 4/5
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Released: 2020
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Band lineup:

Duca the Impaler – Drums, Bass, Vocals
Ityphallic Flaggelator – Guitars, Vocals


1. Intro
2. Hero of the Graveyard Flies
3. Severing Tentacles of Faith
4. Arctic Wrath – Blood and Bone
5. Order of the Beelzebub
6. Horn of Hades
7. The Birth of War
8. Surrender to the Void
9. This Crystal Hell
10. Ravenous Storm of Piss
11. De Krälande Maskarnas Kör
12. Outro


Unholy Nordic Noise is the debut studio album from Swedish Blackened Speed Metal group, Reaper – or as I like to think of it, a lost Bathory demo released to the public for the first time. Yes indeed, Reaper have channelled so much of the early Swedish sound into their raspy, jagged output of lightening fast old school black metal, you’d think this was how Bathory would sound had Quorthon not followed the Viking metal route.

If you’re someone who cannot get enough of old school contemporaries like Midnight or Hellripper, Unholy Nordic Noise is compulsive listening. You will not be disappointed one iota when playing this record. It is packed with enough punk rock energy to please any kid who loves things fast and angry, and if you want music inspired by horror stories and general evil then Reaper have got you covered.

The longest tracks on this record last about 3 minutes, so check it out if less is more for you. Reaper have it in them to take basic themes of the occult or classic stories of dread and make them even more hellish by putting them to fast tremolo picking and thrash metal style drumming.

Overall, I was impressed from start to finish with these boys, so I hail Reaper as the unholy new leaders of the Swedish scene – particularly for those who like to keep it old school.

Review by Demitri Levantis