In anticipation of their upcoming full-length album “II: Crush The Insects!,” the REVEREND has chosen to release a single highlighting one of their new songs, “Slave Of Satan.” This song will appear on “II: Crush The Insects!,” but the version found here is, as it says on the sticker on the case, “TOTAL DOOM – an unabridged version.” Yep, this single clocks in at 20:59 and is probably the only 20+ minute Doom Metal single that will ever debut at No.2 on the Finland National Charts. Yes, it really did just that.
“Slave Of Satan” is, as one would expect from the honourable REVEREND BIZARRE, a spine-tingling Doom Metal masterpiece. Opening with sadistic, frightening screams and continuing into a recitation of the Black Liturgy (“Hail Satan!”), the song eventually takes form as a true Doom Metal composition, complete with monstrous riffs and Albert Witchfinder’s awesome vocals. The lyrics warn against dealing with the Devil, for as Albert tells us, he has met the Prince of Darkness and he is much stronger than we think. At the end of this monster, we are treated to a sped-up section, closing the song in a very rocking fashion.
I had heard that the new album was going to be a little less Doomy than “In The Rectory…” and a bit more Heavy Metal, but this version of “Slave Of Satan” is among the Doomiest tracks the band has released to date. If the rest of “II: Crush The Insects!” is as good as this single, it will be a definite contender for Doom Metal album of the year, if not Metal album of the year. (Online August 3, 2005)