Reverend Bizarre
In The Rectory Of The Bizarre Reverend


5.0
classic

Review

by username345 USER (52 Reviews)
July 16th, 2008 | 24 replies | 11,022 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An incredible doom metal album with plenty of crushing, heavy riffs and a dark claustrophobic atmosphere

3 of 6 thought this review was well written

This is quite a difficult review to write as there isn’t really a lot that separates ‘In the Rectory of the Bizarre Reverend’ from the hordes of other doom metal bands. However, despite doing little new, the quality of what they do play towers above that of most other doom.

Everything that epitomises doom metal is present here: painfully slow tempos, down tuned guitars, heavy crushing riffs and extended song-lengths. What separates ‘In the Rectory of the Bizarre Reverend’ from other similar doom bands is the incredibly dark, oppressive atmosphere. It just sounds more well, doomy, than other traditional doom. The atmosphere is quite similar to (but arguably even better than) that created by that of Thorr's Hammer, but this manages to create the gloomy atmosphere without the help of death metal growls, as everything here except one small hardly noticeable point in ‘Doomsower’ is sung clearly.

The music is much slower than that of the band’s traditional doom peers like Candlemass and Solitude Aeturnus, but not too slow to become at all boring. It is still accessible enough to be easy to listen to all the way through despite it’s long running length of an hour and a quarter. The music is gripping and at times could even be described as ‘catchy’. The slow tempo puts a large emphasis on every single note making each and every one of them sound completely important and powerful. The drumming is fantastic, keeping the music interesting while also retaining the bleak and melancholy mood, with plenty of inventive drum fills and rolls. The bass, played by the vocalist, also plays a prominent role in the album with equally inventive bass-lines adding to the drums perfectly.

The music is very simple, but complexity is not necessary at all here. If it were more complex it would probably ruin the atmosphere. This simplicity is taken to extremes on the album’s last track, ‘Cirith Ungol’, which runs it’s entire 21 minute length on a few simple riffs and ponderous drumming but never gets boring because of the strong atmosphere that is easy to get completely lost in.

‘In the Rectory of the Bizarre Reverend’ really shines during the faster-paced sections where it retains a similar atmosphere but at the same time sounds much more energetic. It is really no surprise that 2 of the best songs, ‘In the Rectory’ and ‘Sodoma Sunrise’ feature these sections. These parts keep the music from getting stale and give it more variety from the otherwise constant bombardment of crushing guitar riffs, so it is a pity these parts are few and far between. This is only a minor complaint however, and isn’t really that noticeable. Guitar solos are also nearly completely absent, with most of the music staying at a very low pitch.

Vocalist Reverend Witchfinder doesn’t have the range and can’t quite pull of the ‘epic’ soaring vocal style of acclaimed doom metal singers like Messiah Marcolin but he doesn’t really need to for the atmosphere of the music. His singing is low in the mix, buried under the heavy guitars as if it is trapped underneath, really contributing brilliantly to the claustrophobic atmosphere. At times it does sound like he is trying to go for a similar vocal style to the aforementioned Messiah Marcolin but doesn’t manage it, though he usually keeps the singing more restrained. Reverend Witchfinder does however have a decent enough range and sings in quite a few different styles, sometimes almost shouting the lyrics and as earlier mentioned at one point even growling them in a death metal style, as well as singing in a typical melodramatic doom metal fashion. The lyrics are well written but can be quite cheesy, if you hadn’t worked out from the song titles like ‘Cirith Ungol’ and ‘Burn in Hell!’.

Overall, this is an incredible doom metal album, but probably too intense for those new to the genre. Fans of doom will love it, but those new to the genre would probably find Candlemass or Solitude Aeturnus a more accessible introduction.



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username345
July 16th 2008



594 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I was inspired by rasputin's review of 'So Long Suckers' XD

username345
July 16th 2008



594 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Way to ruin my 100% approval rate you bastard =P

foreverendeared
July 16th 2008



14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

it has to happen to the best of us

Slaytan
July 16th 2008



1186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is really good.

masscows
July 18th 2008



2236 Comments


I've been checking out more doom recently and this seems like the perfect thing to get next

Good review

masscows
July 18th 2008



2236 Comments


hey there again be my friend ok

Myrrhman
August 13th 2008



83 Comments


it's too bad my review for this was lost

rasputin
August 13th 2008



14516 Comments


rewrite it i want to neg it ive missed u

username345
August 14th 2008



594 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

it's too bad my review for this was lost


Well I hope this is a decent enough substitute.

IAmInsect
August 14th 2008



3800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album rules, still need to listen to the EP that came with it

rasputin
August 17th 2008



14516 Comments


I've decided to give the band another chance, with this album. We'll see how it goes.

Mendigo
January 7th 2009



2299 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

finally got this. cool stuff.

KYZAR
February 23rd 2009



513 Comments


sweet will get.

rasputin
August 25th 2009



14516 Comments


yeah the songs are far too long and 95 percent of rev bizarre riffs are boring

McP3000
September 8th 2009



3941 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

its like listening to 40 different ways to play 8 power chords

BillEco
September 8th 2009



67 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's power chords with power chords and some more power chords thrown on top. But I love it

Buccaneer
June 18th 2010



692 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album would be amazing if it wasnt for its length. Still pretty good though

DeafMetal
December 25th 2010



8584 Comments


rules nice av 2 ^

Ovrot
March 7th 2012



10462 Comments


good album

Digging: Jean Michel Jarre - Oxygene

MoosechriS
March 2nd 2013



4787 Comments


Just ordered this, checked a few samples out amd liked what i heard



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