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Cathedral

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 that 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 were 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. In 2002 Cathedral signed on with Spitfire in time for the release of their seventh full-length overall, The VIIth Coming. The band signed to Nuclear Blast in 2004, and two years later released The Garden of Unearthly Delights. In 2010 the band released its ninth album (and first double album), The Guessing Game. Despite all of their ups and downs, Cathedral can be credited with opening the door for other subsequent doom bands, as countless groups (who had obviously studied Dorrian and company) cropped up during the mid- to late '90s: Orange Goblin, Electric Wizard, Spiritual Beggars, and more. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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If you like these guys you should check out Earthride they are so much better !
Napalm death? Brutal truth? Why were the fathers of grindcore playing with a doom metal band? Doesn't make sense to me but they all rock so I'm cool with that
Saw them with Carcass, Napalm Death, and Brutal Truth in 1992-ish...a n d fell head over heels for doom metal.
I too got introduced to these guys via Soul Sacrifice and was hooked instantly!! Lee has the best voice in doom!!!!
Been a fan since soul sacrifice.
carlosfernan d e 2
Where is Seventh Coming??? Where is Ethereal Mirror???
I don't hear much prog in this.
This is awfully more prog than metal. Interesting.
I was floored the first time that I heard their "Soul Sacrifice" ep. I became a fanboy almost immediately. I saw them open for Mercyful Fate back in like 1994 when they were touring the States. Cathedral was awesome live. Totally and completely underrated!! ! ! !
Probably the most underrated metal band of all time. Metal fans; overlook cathedral at your own peril!
because its at home in my apartment.
Why do I not see ethereal mirror listed above?
always incredible-d o r r i a n - q u i t e they guy with starting napalm death and cathedral and most importantly having a large vinyl collection of kraut rock and mellotron records.
markgentile6 9
The Guessing Game...GREAT NEW ALBUM!!
ultratekk
Huggy Bear.....ooo o o h yeah...
Ooo so Doomtastic
Cathedral in my opinion was one of the best doom metal band to come out of the 90's!!! There still one of my favorite bands!!
somehow I dont think he'll be back to check for an answer
Cathedral is my favorite post-Sabbath doom metal band.
To the questioner on how to avoid mistakes:
Type part of the band name, then select from the drop-down list. If there are too many choices there, add it from the edit menu.
I was asking for "decent comments", not this Gospel commenter. Please advise how to delete the commenters no one wants to hear. Thank you.
Hail Satan
Sounds pretty good to me
pokerdig
i was asking for "the cathedrals" not this horrible sound. please advise how to delete the creations i do not want. thank you.

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