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Review: Reverend Bizarre - In the Rectory of the Bizarre Reverend
Reverend Bizarre
In the Rectory of the Bizarre Reverend

Label: Spikefarm Records
Year released: 2002
Duration: 74:06
Tracks: 6
Genre: Doom Metal


Review online: October 14, 2007
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 4.73/5 (94.63%) (41 Votes)

I have mixed feelings about Reverend Bizarre. One one hand they are really cool, and on the other hand, I don't like them as well as all that. This was the first RB album, and yes, the title is supposed to be a King Crimson joke. In case you don't know, Reverend Bizarre are the most excessive Doom band ever, with EPs that clock in over 70 minutes long and a final album that's a double CD with eight tracks on it. Everything about this album is totally over the top, with super-slow riffs, ultra-doomy lyrics, and did I mention slow?

I like this CD, but even I have to admit it's a bit much. I love doom, but a lot of these songs are long for no other reason than to be long, and sometimes the drawn out arrangements just become boring. The guitar tone is a little weak, and vocals of Albert Witchfinder are likewise a bit weak. Not bad by any means, but they lack anything extraordinary. This is an album where every song could have been shortened by three minutes and everything would have been much better. This is the least ridiculously long RB album, and so it's my favorite one. Doom fans already love this album, everyone else approach with caution, because this is like Grand Magus played at about 5 rpm. If you aren't in the mood for extr-emely slow and doomy music, then this will not be for you.

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