Reverend Bizarre - _III: So Long Suckers_
(Spikefarm, 2007)
by: Nikola Shahpazov (8.5 out of 10)
Years ago, the mighty Finish purveyors of doom delights had foreseen the entirity of their career, a schedule complete with album titles. Reverend Bizarre were to release five albums and then disintegrate, leaving behind scattered ashes and a musical legacy. Things didn't go according to plan however, and now we're faced with their third and officially final album. Even so, few premature burial ceremonies have ever sounded as epic as this doom-laden opus.

As is often the case with this particular rock genre, the length of the tracks is humongous, so be prepared for musical pieces spanning from a quarter to half an hour at times. Not unlike previous Reverend Bizarre releases, _III: So Long Suckers_ is a predictably traditional doom offering of occult obscurity and monotonously slow riffing -- and still, it is nothing short of impressive. Unavoidably, its blend of murky rock music and esoteric lyrical concept makes it reminiscent of Black Sabbath, Cathedral and Count Raven at their best; but it is also another lengthy, inspired Reverend Bizarre album that entrances and enchants without sounding dated or boring for a single heavy second.

The ├╝ber slow, intensely repetitive riffing in "Sorrow" works like a charm with Albert's vocals, while thick bass lines and slightly muddled drums weave their tales of cosmic horror and earthly desperation. The upbeat sections present on "They Used Dark Forces / Teutonic Witch" or "Kundalini Arisen" are pure old-school rock 'n' roll straight out of the '70s, while "Funeral Summer" and "Caesar Forever" are brooding, stomping, staggeringly epic pieces of grand Sabbathian metal. A fitting swan song, this one.


(article published 11/10/2007)

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