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Post RevBizzian Tidings, Part 2 - 91%

unclevladistav, June 21st, 2009

Apparently, change can be good as well. Fresh from the break-up of Reverend Bizarre (and the half dozen releases that followed), guitarist Peter Vicar returns as "Peter Inverted", ready to once again make the earth shudder from his riffs of doom in his practically self titled band. Vicar brings fellow unsigned doomian Christian Lindersson with him, formerly of Saint Vitus and Count Raven. I wasn't such a fan of ol' Chritus' performance in Saint Vitus, but his vocals in Count Raven were downright Ozzy-like yet still original, so this would be an interesting experience.

Rounding out the lineup of this doom metal supergroup of sorts is drummer Gareth Millsted, known for his involvement in a couple of English doom acts, and bassist Jussi "Iron Hammer" Myllykoski, an apparent newcomer. The two lesser known members of Lord Vicar had a lot to live up to, and while they didn't excel, this turned out to be a good thing, ensuring most of the attention can be spent on Vicar's riffs and Chritus' mournful wails.

With the arrival of this album, it appears clear Peter wanted to move away from the sound and aesthetic of the Bizarre Reverend. Gone are the excessive bass fills and lengthy solos. Also gone are the sometimes tedious repetitions. You'll find no twenty five minute epics on here. Riffs hearken back to old school, traditional doom, more than ever before. The riffs are all crushing and despaired, but not evil, depressive, or dissonant. All of them flow well into each repetition and into each other. Peter's solos are his typical fair, melodic and composed, yet never flashy or overly technical. The overall tempo is also a nice change on "Fear No Pain". While only a handful of RB songs were mid paced, nearly everything on here is a more mid tempo doom song, the most noticeable example being the doomy rocker, "Pillars Under Water" (imagine "Paranoid" done right). Also thrown in for variety is the use of acoustic guitars, most prominently on the fourteen minute epic "The Funeral Pyre". The first few minutes are completely acoustic, with some soft singing and even a falsetto by Chritus.

The second most important aspect of "Fear No Pain" is, as mentioned, Chritus' vocals. Hardly a newcomer to the scene (his work with Saint Vitus was way back in 1993), Chritus' vocals are an incredibly unique form of clean singing. The could again be described as (early) Ozzy Osbourne influenced, but this does not do them justice because they are so unusual and distinctive. I truly hope Lord Vicar continues on for many albums, and Chritus does not deviate from his brilliance on any of them. They are best described as melodic yet mournful wailing, but control is also tightly maintained.

Nearly every aspect of Lord Vicar equates doom metal excellence. Chritus sorrowfully sings about death, history, and Lovecraft, the drums keep rhythm and provide fills, and Peter churns out riff after doomy riff with a new and improved tube-distortion laden tone. Yes, it does not get much better than this.