Album of the Day 12/7/11: Reverend Bizarre - In The Rectory of the Bizarre Reverend

Did you ever listen to a band, become a fan and buy their albums however you didn't truly realize the importance of the band and their body of work until much later.  For me, one of those bands is Reverend Bizarre.

Nowadays "doom" is a word that bands and fans love to throw around in the metal scene.  That wasn't always the case.  Doom, in general, had spent most of the 90's as sort of this fringe sub genre, all too often and incorrectly associated with the goth scene in the mainstream music press (you can thank Type O Negative for that).  However when bands today talk about doom metal and what influenced them almost inevitably the name Reverend Bizarre comes up.  That's a good thing because in retrospect there are few bands of this current metal era that should be remembered for carrying the torch of doom metal better than Finland's Reverend Bizarre.

In The Rectory of the Bizarre Reverend was the bands debut full length album originally released in 2002.  The music itself is the type of slow, heavy, at times droning traditional style of doom that fans of the genre will immediately gravitate to.  The vocals are really what set this band apart.  The dramatic flair for which they are delivered is phenomenal.  When Albert Witchfinder screams out "I hope you burn in Hell..." it's the type of classic auditory moment that can give metal fanatics the chills.  In 2004 the album was reissued by Season of Mist with a bonus CD - the Return To The Rectory EP.  Both albums combined clock in at over 135 minutes of pummeling brutality.  Highly recommended for fans of Black Sabbath, St. Vitus, Pentagram, Candlemass, Sunn O))), etc.  


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