The vaunted Doom Sessions series has run through some heavy hitters so far: everything from Conan to Acid Mammoth to Grime. However, the upcoming Doom Sessions Vol. 5 might have the upper edge when it comes to sheer riff density: Delaware riff rockers High Reeper join the fray, packing their signature commitment to delivering exuberant stoner metal and an abundance of replay-ready licks. Alongside them is Portland's Hippie Death Cult, whose 2019 album 111 still has the best fusion of album art/band name I've ever seen and jams righteously as well. To get you a head start on this heavy dose of doom, here's a track from High Reeper's side of the affair: witness "Winter King/Devil's Grip" in its full glory now.

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While we all wait with bated breath to find out if High Reeper is going to follow up their first two albums, High Reeper and Higher Reeper, with the logical conclusion "Highest Reeper," Doom Sessions Vol. 5 gives us our first taste of non-full-length material from the band and a sign of things to come: "Winter King/Devil's Grip" shifts away from the bouncier cadences of their past material, feeling a little heavier and more grounded in early stoner metal than previously evidenced. I doubt that their future material will ever really lose their sense of groove, which is still here in its own right, but it's fascinating to see how the formula shifts here without losing sight of the key High Reeper identity. If the pandemic has been good for anything, it's been for getting super high and writing heavy stuff, and High Reeper are clearly disciples of both endeavors.

From the band:

Doom Sessions Vol. 5 marks another step in the evolution of our sound and we couldn’t be more stoked for it. Our new material is heavier, forward looking and we’ve added more texturally to the music. We are very excited to share it with everyone.

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Doom Sessions Vol. 5 releases May 14th via Heavy Psych Sounds.