Pilgrim - Misery Wizard
Listening back to Misery Wizard, the debut offering from New England trio Pilgrim, you could be forgiven for thinking Reverend Bizarre had secretly reformed under a new moniker, so complete is the duplication. That does mean there is a lot to admire about the record, as the lumbering - yet surprisingly melodious - riffs shake you to the very core, while the doom-laden monstrosities weave their extended tales without ever meandering or sinking into apathy. But did they really need to try and pick up exactly where the much-missed Finns left off?
Not quite having the confidence to be as adventurous as their predecessors were on their last album, Pilgrim frequently hit the ten minute mark, but go no further; this does them credit as Misery Wizard picks its way through the well-worn paths of doom, littered as it is with the remains of too many forgotten bands that have blindly copied the likes of Black Sabbath and St Vitus. But it must be said that Pilgrim are perilously close to joining them unless they can quickly find avenues less travelled. Reverend Bizarre is dead, long live Rever... I mean Pilgrim.