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Thursday, February 5, 2009

CATHEDRAL (ABO #160)


CATHEDRAL
THE AGE OF GROTESQUE


It's universally agreed that the originators of the doom metal genre are Black Sabbath, but there were several bands of the '80s/early '90s who kept the style alive (during Sabbath's "lean years"), such as Saint Vitus, Trouble, Candlemass, and, especially, the U.K.-based Cathedral. When singer Lee Dorrian jumped ship from grindcore godfathers Napalm Death during the late '80s, he sought to form a new outfit that would focus on the plodding sounds of Sabbath, rather than the all-out assault of his former band. As a result, Cathedral was formed in early 1990, with a lineup consisting of Dorrian, guitarists Mark Griffiths and Gary Jennings, plus drummer Andy Baker. Almost immediately, however, the new group experienced some personnel fluctuation (a sign of things to come). Baker was replaced by Ben Mochrie after only several rehearsals, Griffiths switched over to the bass, and a second guitarist was added, Adam Lehan. 1991 saw the release of a self-produced demo, In Memoriam, issued via Dorrian's own label, Rise Above Records (the album would be reissued on CD almost ten years later, with an expanded track listing).Cathedral was signed by renowned U.K. metal label Earache shortly thereafter, resulting in the release of their full-length debut, Forest of Equilibrium, in 1991. With many figuring that grindcore would become the next globally preferred sub-genre of heavy metal, U.S. major labels began signing such outfits as Entombed, Carcass, and Napalm Death. As a result of their ties to the genre, Cathedral signed on with Columbia Records, even though they displayed little resemblance musically to the aforementioned acts. Lineup instability failed to derail Cathedral, as they delivered arguably the finest album of their career, The Ethereal Mirror, in 1993. A year later, Cathedral got to open a European tour for their heroes, Black Sabbath (albeit the Tony Martin-fronted version).By this time, Dorrian and Jennings were the only members left in attendance from their early days, but more importantly, the group was dropped by Columbia after only a single album. The group has persevered nonetheless -- returning back to the Earache label, and throughout the remainder of the '90s and early 21st century issued such strong releases as 1995's The Carnival Bizarre, 1996's Supernatural Birth Machine, 1998's Caravan Beyond Redemption, and 2001's Endtyme. 2002 saw Cathedral sign on with Spitfire in time for the release of their seventh full-length overall, The VIIth Coming. Despite all of their ups and downs, Cathedral can be credited for opening the door for other subsequent doom bands, as countless groups (who had obviously studied Dorrian and company) cropped up during the mid-/late '90s: Orange Goblin, Electric Wizard, Spiritual Beggars, and more. (allmusic)





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My CATHEDRAL Top
1 - The Carnival Bizarre (1995)
2 - Caravan Beyond Redeption (1998)
3 - The Garden Of Unearthly Delights (2005)

4 - Forest Of Equilibrium (1991)
5 - Supernatural Birth Machine (1996)
6 - The Ethereal Mirror (1993)

7 - Endtyme (2001)
8 - The VIIth Coming (2002)

11 comments:

Vaughn said...

Lux Interior has died. RIP. How about a Cramps comp in his honor?
Merci.

Raven176 said...

So, it's expect the unexpected at this fine blog, is it? lol.
I hated their first albw, have enjoyed most of the others.
Thanks.

S.F.P. said...

You'll never know what's going to come next, indeed. ;)

S.F.P. said...

@Vaughn,
Your request have been considered and accepted. Lux will be duly homaged very soon.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, since Lux is dead why not steal his music as well! Great plan!

S.F.P. said...

Since when paying homage to someone is robbing him?
Our compilations are ONLY meant to draw other people to artists we enjoy (dead or alive).
If you're not happy with what we're doing I don't even see what you are doing here, on a music sharing blog. Maybe, just maybe, you're a little bit full of shit.

kingpossum said...

Great call on the Cramps Baistophe, Vaughn! Baistophe is about love and respect, not undermining, as most of us know and appreciate.

Separately, thanks for the Cathedral post. I'm exploring black metal and doom metal--and purchased a Children of Bodom disc, BTW, as a result of the Baistophe on them--so the peek at Cathedral is appreciated.

Best to all,

Vaughn said...

Anon is a self-righteous turd in the punch bowl of life whose only purpose in this world is to inflict a joyless guilt on any fun we might be having. We call them Republicans in my country, what do you call them>

S.F.P. said...

assholes? ^^

Vaughn said...

Oui

Estelle said...

merci.

Gilles.