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Reverend Bizarre : Harbinger of Metal

When I first heard the demo of those Finish true doom metallers I was totally shocked. Their torturously slow traditional doom metal was simply amazing. A thunder in the peaceful, withering doom metal sky. Their debut 'In The Rectory Of The Bizarre Reverend' is - in my opinion - the black doom metal bible of nowadays, together with the debut of US doomsters Abdullah. Those two masterpieces manage to catch the spirit of doom metal and spread it to those that will come after them.

But enough about the past: let's move to the present. To tell you the truth I wasn't expecting for the band to release again a record of such a quality as their debut. This thought immediately withered when I came across their second masterpiece 'Harbinger of Metal', which is considered to be an EP and yet it is 74 minutes long!

The diving into the depths of hell has already been started on the debut, but now they are reaching the total doom metal abyss. 7 tracks, - like the 7 gates of hell - you will find in this release. The opening track 'Harbinger', prepares the listener for what is about to follow. Like a creeping ghost it introduces us to the 'Bizarre world. The doom metal ceremony - that has just started - continues. 'Strange Horizon' is well known from the 'Slice Of Doom' demo and in my opinion it is one of the best compositions that the band has ever written. The dark narration of 'The Ambassador', prepares the listener for the next track that is called 'From The Void', a doom metal hymn born within the circles of hell, under the dance of ghosts with names like Black Sabbath, Saint Vitus, Pagan Altar, Pentagram etc. A very dark and obscure track, it is maybe the heaviest tune ever written by the band. Obscure atmosphere, creeping drums, heavy riffs, a trip to the darkest pits. The following track 'The Wandering Jew' is slow and heavy as an elephant, while meanwhile very melodic. 'Into The Realms Of Magickal Entertainment' is a dark mystic and obscure tune with no vocals that introduces the listener to the final chapter... 'Dunkelheit'. This is a cover. Originally this track belongs to the Norwegian black metal band Burzum, and it appeared on their 'Filosofem' album. In both versions words are meaningless to describe this track. A black mourn that should be listened during those strange hours just before the dawn and just after the long night hours, when the skies are painted in their darker colors and the silence seems to be almost deathlike. In this track the band shows once more a more aggressive feeling in some vocal parts. Possibly they want to pay tribute to the original tune, which is characterized by the aggressive meanwhile mournful vocals of Varg Vikernes (the only Burzum member).

Well to make a general conclusion about the new stuff I would point out that the band has become slower, heavier and darker! Even the vocals have become darker and from time to time, they become more aggressive as I pointed out earlier. In my opinion this release is a must for every doom metal fan. Reverend Bizarre have managed once more to drive us on a trip through hell and just for this, they are worth our respect.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Harbinger
2. Strange Horizon
3. The Ambassador
4. From The Void
5. The Wandering Jew
6. Into The Realms Of Magickal Entertainment
7. Dunkelheit

Duration : Approx. 74 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Chris Papadakis
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