The band's original plan was to release these seven tracks as an extended EP titled "Reverend Bizarre Blesses You With Fire", but fate and Spinefarm had other things in store for this material. And eventually it came to pass that the seven tracks were released on a bonus CD titled "Return to the Rectory" with the CD reissue of the band's first album "In The Rectory", which Svart Rec released on vinyl last year.
Black vinyl, gatefold jacket. With large booklet.
Now, for the second time in history, Return To The Rectory is available on its own and on vinyl. Wrapped in a thick foil-stamped gatefold cover featuring the Goya painting “Aquelarre”. The package also contains a large 12 page booklet including unseen material from the era. Return to the Rectory starts off with a immensly heavy droney track that goes by the name of March of the War Elephant. It serves as a good intro and prepares the listener for a heavy onslaught of delicious doom. After the rather heavy starter things take a more mellow turn when The Festival kicks in. The first two minutes an acoustic guitar serves as the perfect intro and helps create the mystical ambiance in which The Festival is drenched. Even when the acoustic guitars are replaced by electric ones it never loses its mellowness and creates a very gentle atmosphere complemented by the charismatic voice of Albert.
Goddess of Doom starts off with a bang and some serious kickass bass-lines. Goddess of Doom has a lyrical content which is just awesome. Goddess of Doom most of the time progresses in a more up-tempo fashion with some slower sections in between and the usual excellent pack of riffs. After the first half, Goddess of Doom takes take again an interesting turn in the lyrical departement as Albert begins singing about more than a handful of Doom bands (Saint Vitus, Warning, Candlemass and Witchfinder General amongst others) before letting them all kneel at the altar of the almighty Goddess of Doom, Christina. Brilliant! The second part of Return to the Rectory remains of equal standard with some surprises ahead. As always Reverend Bizarre delivers quality and a more than enjoyable slab of doom.