17 Years Ago: REVEREND BIZARRE finish recording In the Rectory of the Bizarre Reverend

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17 Years Ago: REVEREND BIZARRE finish recording In the Rectory of the Bizarre Reverend

It is a record full of music that is heavy and slow and has lyrics that don't deal with marijuana, hot rods, tits or pussies, but death, horror, loss, judgment and destruction. The atmosphere is that of discipline instead of relaxation. This isn't any chill out music. If I may say so, and I may, this is a very definitive Doom Metal record. The production is good and the playing is decent, not too good, but good enough. What you should know about us is that we know exactly what we are doing; that we truly cherish the tradition of Saint Vitus and Witchfinder General, that we don't fool around and that we come from Finland which is the land of silent people hardened by the long and cold winters.
- Albert Witchfinder / Reverend Bizarre interview, Abandon All Hope, 2003

REVEREND BIZARRE recorded their classic debut album over a week at Red House mk I and II, Turku; completing the LP on this day in 2001. The record was mixed and mastered over the next couple of months and released in 2002 by Finnish label Sinister Figure.

We could have done a bit better album if we had had a few days more for mixing and for vocals, but as the time has gone by I dare say that we achieved quite closely what we were trying to do! At first I was very disappointed about the whole album. I heard only the weak moments! The other guys were a bit more pleased right from the start, I think. To me these songs are closer. I have carried them for so long. It is impossible to record them just the same way I hear them in my head.

...our album has been quite much praised everywhere, which is of course a delightful thing for us, after we have done so much work and fought to get everything as we wanted it to be. As I said, I was personally very disappointed when I heard the album for the first time, but after reading all these reviews and hearing all the comments I have begun to accept this album. It is still our child even when it is a bit retarded. We have had such a good response so far that from now on it really doesn't matter what will be said in the future about this album. In the end all these words don't mean a thing, as we know what we tried to do, and we know where we succeeded and where we failed. In the future we will try to do everything a bit better. More than I am glad for our personal success, if we can speak about success with the record sales that we have had, even when we don't know any numbers, I am glad for the fact that Doom Metal itself is getting more respect nowadays. Our album is just one piece of the tradition. Doom Metal is more important than just one band. We are very conscious of ourselves being a part of something bigger.
- Albert Witchfinder / Reverend Bizarre interview, Abandon All Hope, 2003