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Reverend Bizarre - Harbinger Of Metal (7,5/10) - Finland - 2003

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


  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

Slowly, really slowly and deliberately the wild giant called REVEREND BIZARRE strides through the finnish forest and leaves deep foot prints in the forest ground. It’s Doom time, baby! The band combines the unbelievable speed of old SAINT VITUS albums with the sleaziness of WINTER in lengthy song webs. And the roots of these harsh plants go back damn far to the time when Heavy Metal learned to walk.


Really nobody can avoid the song “Black Sabbath“ by the band of the same name in the Doom Metal field, neither can the nasty Reverend. It is only the drummer who has bumble-bees in his ass and at times hops up and down quite nervously on his little stool. The band is slow but not lame and so to say it impersonates the dark side of the force. However you can’t just drink several bottles of high-proof alcohol between the single parts, otherwise you quickly lose the common thread, even though variation is rather unimportant here.


But the songs are so uncannily intense that you have to concentrate on the action with full force. On the song “From The Void” there is even a drum solo to be amazed at. It doesn’t reach legends such as Ian Paice or Cozy Powell, but it is still better than nothing, isn’t it? With “Dunkelheit” there even is a BURZUM cover version on the album and the title speaks volumes.


Those to whom WHILE HEAVEN WEPT are too crazy about melodies and CANDLEMASS too hectic, may reach out joyfully for this. May he/she feel flattered. (Online October 5, 2004)

Falk Kollmannsperger

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