Reverend Bizarre

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Reverend Bizarre
Reverend Bizarre.jpg
Reverend Bizarre in 2005
Background information
OriginLohja, Finland
GenresDoom metal
Years active1995–2007
LabelsSpinefarm
Associated actsThe Puritan, Lord Vicar, Orne, Spiritus Mortis, Paul Chain
Past membersAlbert Witchfinder
Peter Vicar
Earl of Void

Reverend Bizarre was a doom metal band from Finland. They played slow and heavy traditional doom with dramatic vocals, following in the footsteps of bands such as Saint Vitus, Pentagram and Black Sabbath. The band was one of the biggest names in the fourth wave of traditional doom metal.

According to Albert Witchfinder, the band had planned three more full-length albums, after their second album – titled Songs from the Funereal World, Heavier Than Life and How It Was Meant to Be – but this plan was later scrapped and the band made only one more LP, disbanding Reverend Bizarre "before it started to suck." The album, III So Long Suckers, was recorded in the first half of 2007, and released in August of that year. The band's last concerts were played during the autumn and winter of 2006 culminating in a final performance in Turku.

Two of the band's EPs, Harbinger of Metal and Return to the Rectory, actually exceed 60 minutes in length.

Since their disbanding, Albert Witchfinder had a new band called The Puritan, as well as a solo project called Opium Warlords, and Peter Vicar founded a new band called Lord Vicar. Both of them released (alongside original material) songs originally meant for Reverend Bizarre and that were to appear on future two albums which were never released. Furthermore, all three members of Reverend Bizarre continue doing music together in Orne (originally known as Mesmer), Vicar's old school progressive rock band in which Void plays the drums. Witchfinder has appeared on vocals on both Orne full-lengths, the 2006 debut The Conjuration by the Fire and the 2011 second album The Tree of Life.

History[edit]

Beginnings (1994–1999)[edit]

Earl of Void playing with Reverend Bizarre.

The band was formed in 1994 in Lohja. After their military service, Albert Witchfinder, Peter Vicar and Juippi began playing in autumn 1997. In the summer of 1998, Albert moved to Turku to continue Reverend Bizarre with Vicar. To complete their training, they get back in touch with Earl of Void, at this time recently released from prison. They recorded the Slice of Doom demo in three days (August 16, 17 and 23, 1999), which they send to several labels in the hope of signing a contract.[1]

Disbandment and side projects (2007)[edit]

Initially, five albums were planned.[1] On August 17, 2007, after scrapping this plan, the band announced on MySpace their intention to publish their final album III: So Long Suckers. At the end of September 2007, however, they announced the registration and publication of several recordings.[2]

After the break-up of Reverend Bizarre, the band members focus on their other groups and projects. In 2005, Albert Witchfinder became a member of The Puritan.[3]

Members[edit]

Previous members

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
FIN
[4]
2002 In the Rectory of the Bizarre Reverend
  • Released: 24 November 2002
  • Label: Sinister Figure
2005 II: Crush the Insects 36
2007 III: So Long Suckers
  • Released: 8 August 2007
  • Label: Spinefarm
6
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

EPs and singles[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
FIN
[4]
2003 Harbinger of Metal
  1. "Harbinger" (3:27)
  2. "Strange Horizon" (13:51)
  3. "The Ambassador" (1:47)
  4. "From the Void" (20:18)
  5. "The Wandering Jew" (18:27)
  6. "Into the Realms of Magickal Entertainment" (3:41)
  7. "Dunkelheit" (Burzum cover) (12:26)
  • Released: 2003
  • Label: Spinefarm
2004 Return to the Rectory

Disc 1

  1. "The March of the War Elephants" (8:17)
  2. "The Festival" (10:42)
  3. "The Goddess of Doom" (12:10)

Disc 2

  1. "Aleister" (11:58)
  2. "For You Who Walk in the Land of Shadows" (8:35)
  3. "Dark Sorceress (Autumn Siege)" (Barathrum cover) (7:29)
  4. "The Wrath of the War Elephants" (6:38)
  • Released: 2004
  • Label: Spinefarm
2005 Slave of Satan
  • Released: 20 April 2005
  • Label: Spinefarm
2
2006 Thulsa Doom
  1. "The Tree of Suffering" (6:41)
  2. "The Children of Doom" (8:24)
2007 Teutonic Witch
  • Released: 30 May 2007
  • Label: Spinefarm
1
2008 Dark World/Deceiver
  • Released: 14 August 2008
  • Label: Primitive Reaction
The Goddess of Doom
  1. "The Goddess of Doom" (12:10)
  2. "Dunkelheit" (Burzum cover) (12:26)
  • Released: 24 November 2008
  • Label: What
2009 Magick with Tears
  • Released: 2009
  • Label: Tyrannus
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Splits[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
FIN
[4]
2003 7" split with Ritual Steel
  • Released: 20 August 2003
  • Label: Metal Coven
2004 12" split with Orodruin
  • Released: 11 February 2004
  • Label: Hellride Music
7" split with Minotauri
  • Released: 6 April 2004
  • Label: Metal Coven
2006 7" split with Mannhai
  • Released: 7 November 2006
  • Label: The Church Within
2008 7"/CD split with Kuolema
  • Released: 15 July 2008
  • Label: The Church Within
12" split with Rättö ja Lehtisalo
  • Released: 30 July 2008
  • Label: Ektro
4
12" split with Electric Wizard 8
12" split with Mr Velcro Fastener
  • Released: 5 November 2008
  • Label: Solina
5
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Demos[edit]

Compilations[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
FIN
[4]
2004 Slice of Doom 1999–2002
  • Released: 2004
  • Label: psycheDOOMelic Records
2009 Death is Glory...Now
  • Released: 2009
  • Label: Spinefarm
23
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://users.utu.fi/kierka/reverend/history.html
  2. ^ http://www.myspace.com/reverendbizarre/blog/314384493
  3. ^ http://www.metalglory.de/interviews.php?nr=653
  4. ^ a b c d "Discography Reverend Bizarre". finnishcharts.com.

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