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Reverend Bizarre : In the Rectory of the Bizarre Reverend

Doom fans like to argue about the "trueness" of their doom. "I'm tr00er than thee" seems to be the motto of many doomsters. This argument is usually based on the faultless taste of said doomster, who hereby distinguishes himself from the "others". And so it happens that many doom death fans loathe traditional doom, while traditional doom fans advocate the opinion that doom death fans (and those doom fans who listen to "modern" doom in general) are snotty noses who don't have a clue about how "true" doom is supposed to sound.

However, once in a while there comes a doom release which has that magic ability to unite both adversaries and make them sit near each other, hot pop corn in the hand, while enjoying the excellent heavy sounds that reach their doomed ears. I'm highly convinced that Reverend Bizarre is one of those few bands that have that charisma.

Slow as a hopelessly aged turtle, heavy as a tombstone weighting on the rotting bones of a corpse, the Reverend' preaches the word of Doom, while spitting around his curses directed towards anyone who dares to suggest a link between doom and stoner rock. The groovy 'Sabbath riffs are the point of departure, but in the Reverend's church they sound much more painful, torturing slow and threatening. The occassional acceleration keeps the attention of the listener to the desired level through the whole recording. That such thing is not easy, proves the monstrous length of the 6 mammoth-tracks: 74 minutes of heavy DOOM, what else do we want?

Magister Alberts' incantations evoke images of a tipsy priest, whose drunk mental state encourages him to spit out in fury his blasphemic thoughts in front of a baffled audience. The guitars sound occasionally groovy, sometimes they create a wall of sound while at other times they offer subtle harmonies, seemingly underlining the Reverend''s evil thoughts. The pounding drumming shall certainly be appreciated by old-school doom fans and 'modern' doom fans alike.

Who is going to dig this? In the first place those who are into old-school doom in the vein of St. Vitus, The obsessed and the other early doom gods. However, the evilness, grimness, and dark atmosphere of this material shall most probably attrack doom death fans and even funeral doom fans as well.

Highly recommended to the whole doomy community.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Burn in Hell!
2. In the Rectory
3. The Hour of Death
4. Sodoma Sunrise
5. Doomsower
6. Cirith Ungol

Duration : Approx. 74 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kostas Panagiotou
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