Picks and Pans Review: Reverend
Former Metal Church shouter David Wayne heads up this new horde of headbangers, one which incorporates two members of Heretic, an L.A. band that had lost its lead singer to Metal Church. Gee, metal music sure is a small world. (But you wouldn't want to sponge-bathe it.)
Wayne has a fierce, excoriating voice, which is to Ozzy Osbourne what Ozzy is to Debby Boone. Wayne sounds like Torquemada on the phone to his ex-wife, reading her the riot act. And he has found in Reverend a group of musicians ready and willing to participate in his mayhem.
Not a blessed one of them has a sense of melody, but that would probably just slow them down. The band members get tangled up in their own feet at times, as on the stinky sludge of "Dimensional Confusion." But when they hit an even stretch and can go flat out, as on "Power of Persuasion," with Scott Vogel's drums egging on the twin guitar attack of Brian Korban and Stuart Fuji, these boys come at you like a pack of jackals.
It's not pretty. Matter of fact, on songs like the aptly named "Wretched Excess," their sound is downright ugly. But you have to hand it to Reverend. They sure are relentless. (Caroline)