Rev­erend Bizarre

IN THE REC­TORY OF THE BIZARRE REV­EREND SIN­IS­TER FIG­URE 2002

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Albums - OLIVIER BADIN

It had to be per­fect. It had to. It didn’t mat­ter the orig­i­nal la­bel folded soon after­wards, nor that their front­man Sami ‘Al­bert Witchfinde­r’ Hyn­ni­nen lost his san­ity over it – or even that they were just an un­known band com­ing from Lo­hja, a small town 40km out­side of Helsinki, made of one straight-edge drum­mer, one soon-to-be mar­ried gui­tar player and one ma­niac-de­pres­sive com­pul­sive artist. From its roar­ing opener, Burn In Hell, down to the final cym­bal sound of the mas­sive, 21-minute-long

Cirith Un­gol, or even its band pic­ture in­side fea­tur­ing a per­fect replica of the Para­noid gate­fold il­lus­tra­tion, this mother of all de­buts didn’t just res­ur­rect the whole clas­sic doom move­ment, it sat on its throne, for­ever.

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