Lauded as the leading contenders of purist doom, Finland's REVEREND BIZARRE have achieved the seemingly impossible by putting their twenty-one minute, single-track CD, "Slaves of Satan", into the national Finnish single chart at No. 2!
The Lohja-based trio, consisting of vocalist/bassist Magister Albert, guitarist Peter Vicar and drummer Earl of Void, debuted with the cult "In the Rectory of the Bizarre Reverend" album on Mastervox in 2002. Their first outing on the international stage would be a track included on a free CD inclusion on the Rockdetector "A-Z of Doom Metal" book.
REVEREND BIZARRE have trod an underground path until very recently, with Magister Albert's involvement in such bands as ANAL RAPIST, PATH CALLED PENIS, HERVEN AGAL, ARMANENSCHAFT, LOHJA SS, THE CANDLES BURNING BLUE, WERWOLF LODGE, THRESHOLD OF YOUR WOMB, ORNE, SOIHTU and SUFFERING SERPENT OF THE LORD. Earl of Void (as "Jay Lovely") and Vicar also operate "bleak progressive metal" band MESMER. Both Earl Of Void and Albert are also active with doom-noisecore endeavour KLV, which stands for "Kehitysvammaisen Lapsen Vanhemmat."
The band's first compilation was delivered by PsycheDoomelic Records, "Slice Of Doom" collecting together demos and rehearsals. Signing to the Spinefarm label saw a re-issue of the "In the Rectory of the Bizarre Reverend" album. This new version added a bonus disc entitled "Return to the Rectory" of a video and eight audio tracks including a cover of BARATHRUM's "Dark Sorceress (Autumn Siege)".
In January of 2005 Albert Magus featured as guest vocalist on SWALLOW THE SUN's interpretation of the CANDLEMASS classic "Solitude". REVEREND BIZARRE's "Slave of Satan" includes a recitation of the Black Liturgy by Daniel Nyman of OAK. The band releases the full-length "Crush the Insects" in June.
A full REVEREND BIZARRE biography and discography of demos, singles and albums, plus a gig listing, can be found at Rockdetector.com.