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Reverend Bizarre - Harbinger Of Metal (8/10) - Finland - 2003

Genre: Doom Metal
Label: Spikefarm
Playing time: 74:00
Band homepage: Reverend Bizarre

Tracklist:

  1. Harbinger
  2. Strange Horizon >mp3
  3. The Ambassador
  4. From The Void
  5. The Wandering Jew >mp3
  6. Into The Realms Of Magickal Entertainment
  7. Dunkelheit
Reverend Bizarre - Harbinger Of Metal
Wooah, this is truly a heavy, stringy stuff, I received from the distant Finland. REVEREND BIZARRE play Doom with much heartblood and prove it impressively on their 74 minutes EP (?). Actually, there are only four real songs on their second effort. But they last for between twelve and twenty minutes. It's not that this troup offers much breaks or variety - in contrary. They ennoble monotony into art.

Sipping, dragging mini epics determine this one. They sometimes repeat some riffs that gives the songs nearly a hypnotic feeling. Nevertheless this band has an undescribable aura and they somehow convey a strange feeling of felicitousness within all the total desperation. Because these songs are the embodiment of musical suffering, of a total surrender and melancholy. But one feels comfortable within all these mourning arias. At least this is my feeling and those who know me can confirm that I'm normally all but a melancholic person. The vocals are actually clean, but depending on the mood they can also be snarling or growling. Hard stuff, there's no doubt about.

In any case, this CD is only for the hardest of the hard, for the eagle owl within the fogeys. Who associates Doom only with CANDLEMASS or SOLITUDE AETERNUS will be fairly shocked!!! Overlong songs like "Dunkelheit" or "From The Void" are totally morbid - but impressive! REVEREND BIZARRE are the Gods of all dreary Metal! (Online February 6, 2004)

Ralf Henn



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