Reverend Bizarre - In The Rectory Of The Bizarre Reverend review



Reviewer:
9.9

75 users:
8.44
Band: Reverend Bizarre
Album: In The Rectory Of The Bizarre Reverend
Release date: 2002


01. Burn In Hell!
02. In The Rectory
03. The Hour Of Death
04. Sodoma Sunrise
05. Doomsower
06. Cirith Ungol


Christians are usually obsessed with when the world will end and some even claim that there are already signs showing that this is the end of days. Thinking about the apocalypse and the second coming of Christ had me stuck in 6 months of deep thought as to what album would best represent the end of days and could serve as a soundtrack to the apocalypse. Ladies and gentlemen, In The Rectory Of The Bizarre Reverend is the perfect soundtrack to the end of days. I can now safely join Christian eschatological discussions and point to this album as the harbinger of the second coming of Christ. I am actually surprised that Christ has resisted coming 17 years after this soundtrack to His second coming was released.

This album is not just a piece of art but a deep sermon from men sent by Yahweh Himself to warn the sinners of the impending doom and hellish fires that they risk. In fact, the three men behind this album represent the Trinity itself: Albert Witchfinder is God the Father, providing order and leadership through his mournful, meaty, and menacing bass rhythms. His proselytizing vocals in this album can convert even the most militant of atheists and is arguably the best traditional doom delivery, perhaps rivaled only by Wino on Born Too Late. Peter Vicar is God the Son with his accompanying riffs and the Earl of Void is God the Spirit, uplifting your spirit with his slow-timed drumming, which will force you to speak in tongues like any good Christian.

As a fan of traditional doom metal, I often wondered what a combination of the epicness of Candlemass, the mournful cries of Saint Vitus, and the spirit of Pentagram would sound like. Reverend Bizarre manage to perfectly blend in those qualities and slap our souls with this masterpiece.

"Burn In Hell" serves as the perfect introduction to this doomsday soundtrack, full of haunting riffs and Witchfinder's demonic vocals. The ending where he yells "you bastard" is the most haunting thing I have ever heard. Reverend Bizarre truly demonstrate that they are not just a simple, one-trick, slow-paced pony on "In The Rectory," where they up the pace and kick your teeth in with fast-paced, almost thrashy riffs for about 2 minutes before descending into the preachy, slow, soul-burning doom that we all love, which is repeated in "Sodoma Sunrise".

The rest of the album is in the same vein of soul-crushing riffs and Witchfinder delivering his sermon in the most convincing manner. Talking about the riffs and delivery of this album is a waste of time since this is a spiritual journey best experienced just before Christ descends from the clouds or when you are on your deathbed.

This album is simply the best traditional doom album to ever be released and if you are yet to listen to this album or rate it less than a 9; I HOPE YOU BURN IN HELL, YOU BASTARD!


Rating breakdown
Performance: 10
Songwriting: 10
Originality: 9
Production: 9

Written by Maasai Mara | 06.07.2019


 


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