HIGH REEPER and HIPPIE DEATH CULT share ‘Doom Sessions Vol. 5’ split EP in full; out this Friday on Heavy Psych Sounds.

Philadelphia proto-metallers HIGH REEPER and Portland progressive heavy rockers HIPPIE DEATH CULT team up with Doomed & Stoned to present their ‘Doom Sessions Vol.5’ split EP, ahead of its official release this Friday 14th May on Heavy Psych Sounds. 

This fifth episode of Heavy Psych Sounds’ vaunted ‘Doom Sessions’ series merges the forces of Philadelphia proto-doom specialists HIGH REEPER and Portland prog-heavy weirdos HIPPIE DEATH CULT. Weaving their exuberant and replay-ready songwriting and firepower, each band displays his own vision of the heavy spectrum, offering over half an hour of deliciously subversive and riff-heavy anthems, wrapped in a stunning artwork from Italian artist Luca SoloMacello. 

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High Reeper drummer Justin Di Pinto comments: « When we were given the opportunity to be on a ‘Doom Sessions’, we jumped at the chance. Shane moved over to guitar and our music is definitely evolving. The lineup change propelled us in a new direction and our sound is much more metal now — and being able to do Doom Sessions allowed us to take our first steps in crafting a completely new direction for the band. Being on the split w Hippie Death Cult is great for us too because it allows both bands to draw from different audiences while still being able to share EP. Their tracks are really great and their new album totally kicks ass.

‘Doom Sessions Vol. 5’ split EP
with High Reeper and Hippie Death Cult

Out May 14th on Heavy Psych Sounds

Side A — High Reeper

1. Vermillion Iron
2. Winter King/Devil’s Grip
3. Withering Decay
Side B — Hippie Death Cult
1. Fill The Fires
2. Towards Infinity

Formed in 2016, HIGH REEPER is made up of Zach Thomas, Justin Di Pinto, Pat Daly and Shane Trimble. Originally started as a studio band, it rapidly became apparent that these songs were meant to be heard live and loud. The band made their debut in the Philly/DE stoner rock scene in early 2017 with success, followed up by the recording of their self-titled debut in May. With a sound deeply rooted in modern stoner rock while giving a nod to early days Sabbath, their self-titled debut was driven by pounding rhythms, thick guitars and soaring, screeching vocals. For their sophomore record, the addition of Di Pinto on drums helped focus in an even more powerful direction. After their sophomore album release and a successful 2018 European tour that included Desertfest Berlin, High Reeper hit Europe once again in 2019, visiting ten countries as well as an appearance at Desertfest London. The band has been working on new material since then, with a new album yet to be announced on HPS Records. FacebookBandcampInstagram

HIPPIE DEATH CULT has proven to be one of the more exciting hard rock bands to surface in recent years. Described as a band who « perfectly fuses classic rock sounds with a more modern fuzzy doom sensibility » by Metal Injection and « definitely ones to watch » by Classic Rock Magazine, the Portland, OR quartet only began writing and performing in early 2018, while the roots of the band go much deeper. A stream of musical consciousness swept over guitarist Eddie Brnabic inspiring him to create the band, but it would take a few lineup attempts and a little luck to bring the right members together. With a solid lineup of Laura Phillips, Ryan Moore and Ben Jackson in place, they set out with fierce dedication to rehearse, record and perform a string of successful live shows, securing a deal with Cursed Tongue Records, who released their politically and ecologically-driven debut album ‘111’ in 2019. In 2020, HDC signed a worldwide record deal with Heavy Psych Sounds Records to release their sophomore full-length in the spring of 2021. WebsiteFacebookBandcampInstagram