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Reaver
Corvus
December 2010
Released: 2010, Self Released
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz

Reaver is a relatively young Canadian quintet specializing in melodic death metal, and is currently supporting their self-released debut, CORVUS. Reaver’s got a lot of fire in its belly, and what CORVUS lacks in execution, it makes up for in heart.



Most of the tunes on CORVUS center around the twin guitars of Michael Gignac and Josh Desjarlais, who appear to have studied at the Hammet/Hetfield school of guitar harmonies. The band offers a lot of different dynamics within the tunes – seven string guitars, different time signatures, and lots of angry emotion. CORVUS reminded me a lot of what melodic death metal used to sound like in the early ‘90s, before it became synonymous with In Flames and Soilwork. Depending on your frame of mind, you’ll either take that as a compliment or a detriment. As an aging old-schooler, I dug it.



Songs like the opening “God Weapon,” “Duality Exposed,” “Inverted Coma” and the epic closing title track really show what the band’s made of – powerful riffs with plenty of hooks to pull you in. The only thing that turned me off about CORVUS was vocalist Brandon Reynolds’ one-dimensional delivery. He’s got a raspy scowl that doesn’t allow for much inflection or intonation. When the band’s rockin’ it out, it works fine – but where they attempt to cover some more diverse musical terrain I felt it more of a distraction. But that’s just my humble opinion; I encourage you to check it out for yourself.



CORVUS is a good debut that gets more right than it does wrong. Reaver sounds like a band with plenty of potential, and I hope that future releases shows the band discovering more of its own identity. Check out the band’s website for more information on CORVUS.
Track Listing

1. God Weapon
2. Duality Exposed
3. Disappearing Act
4. Wither and Fade
5. Barricade
6. Unholy Justice
7. The Mute Harbinger
8. Inverted Coma
9. Corvus

Lineup

Michael Gignac - Guitar
Josh Desjarlais - Guitar
Brad Kennedy - Bass
Brandon Reynolds - Vocals
Cam Saunders - Drums

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Reaver
Corvus
January 2011
Released: 2010, Unsigned
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Erich

Melodic death metal is a genre of ever increasing proliferation, and now comes Reaver to throw their name in the hat. Hailing from British Columbia, Canada, the band formed in 2007 and spent the next three years honing their craft to offer up their debut LP, 2010’s CORVUS. The band sent me a fully realized and professionally produced CD, complete with lyrics and respectable cover art, quite impressive for an unsigned band. Happily, the music contained within matched the dedication and effort of the package.



The opening track, “God Weapon” grabbed me immediately featuring a melodic keyboard intro and acoustic guitar, gradually building to melodic guitars before an articulate tremolo riff and bowel curdling growl. Brandon Reynolds vocals are exactly the kind I like for melodic death metal, discernible and devoid of constant growls, a worthy combination of Anders Fridén and Max Cavalera. Likewise the guitar work is stellar, tight, and confident, happily fusing Iron Maiden’s penchant for harmonic twin leads with In Flames minor key aggression. Drummer Cam Saunders smartly avoids the clichéd blast beasts, unnecessary fills, and general overplaying that is characteristic of most death metal percussions.



From a production point of view, this is top notch. True, it is a little lacking in punch, but that is to be expected without the backing of a major label. Only minor complaints are that the album is a little long, with only one song clocking in at under five and a half minutes and a sort of samey sound to most of the songs. The tempos are mostly mid-paced and the songs could have benefited from a little more variation in that respect. However, when the dust has settled these are minor gripes on what is a fantastic debut from a band that merits attention and a shot at a major label. Recommended for fans of In Flames, Dark Tranquility and melodic death metal in general.
Track Listing

1. God Weapon

2. Duality Exposed

3. Disappearing Act

4. Wither And Fade

5. Barricade

6. Unholy Justice

7. The Mute Harbinger

8. Inverted Coma

9. Corvus

Lineup

Brandon Reynolds - Vocals
Michael Gignac - Guitar
Josh Desjarlais - Guitar
Brad Kennedy - Bass
Cam Saunders - Drums

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by Aaron Yurkiewicz

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