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CATHEDRAL’s critically-lauded final album debuts on Billboard charts

May 10th, 2013

CATHEDRAL’s The Last Spire was released last week in North America and serves as the final entry in the band’s vastly influential, decade-spanning career. Lee Dorrian explains that he feels “comfortable leaving The Last Spire as our legacy. The funeral of Cathedral has been a long but gratifying process. Deciding to end the band wasn’t an easy decision to make but we knew deep down in our hearts that it was the right thing to do.”

Fans have responded and The Last Spire debuted on several Billboard charts this week: #24 on the Heatseeker Chart, #44 on the Current Hard Music Chart, and #113 on the Independent Albums Chart. About.com proclaimed that “Cathedral will be missed, but they have left us a lovely monument to weep over” and MetalSucks.net described The Last Spire as “just that right mix of doom n’ groove that makes Cathedral, well, Cathedral”. The Last Spire is a fitting finale to a tremendous career.

Recently, CATHEDRAL launched their final music video, Tower of Silence. The video was inspired by classic cult British film institutions such as “Amicus” and “Hammer House of Horror,” and was shot on location during the British Winter of 2012 at Gunnersbury Park Tower, London. It features a guest appearance from Purson’s Rosalie Cunningham, who places a symbolic black orchid on the tombstone of each member in the clips closing scenes. Directed by UK based Paraffin City Productions, Tower of Silence will be the last full production promo video ever made by this British doom metal institution.

View Tower of Silence and order The Last Spire at metalblade.com/cathedral.

The Last Spire was recorded by:
Lead Vocals – Lee Dorrian
Guitars – Garry Jennings
Bass -  Scott Carlson
Drums – Brian Dixon
Hammond, Mellotron, Moog & Synths – David Moore
Guest Vocals on ‘Cathedral Of The Damned’ – Chris Reifert
Backing Vocals – Rosalie Cunningham

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CATHEDRAL’s final music video, “Tower of Silence”, now available

March 27th, 2013

“The Last Spire” to be released April 30th in North America

UK doom legends, CATHEDRAL, will be releasing their final album, The Last Spire, next month. In addition to the album, the band also recorded their final music video, which is streaming now at youtube.com/cathedral.

Tower of Silence was inspired by classic cult British film institutions such as “Amicus” and “Hammer House of Horror”, Tower of Silence was shot on location during the British Winter of 2012 at Gunnersbury Park Tower, London. It features a guest appearance from Purson’s Rosalie Cunningham, who places a symbolic black orchid on the tombstone of each member in the clips closing scenes. Directed by UK based Paraffin City Productions, Tower of Silence will be the last full production promo video ever made by this British doom metal institution and is taken from their final album, The Last Spire.

The Last Spire is available for pre-order now at metalblade.com/cathedral.

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CATHEDRAL stream new single, unveil cover for “The Last Spire”

March 13th, 2013

Cathedral‘s The Last Spire will be released in North America on April 30th, 2013. Recorded at Orgone Studios in London, produced by Lee Dorrian and Garry Jennings with assistance, mixing by Jamie Gomez Arellano, and art by Dave Patchett and Arik Roper, The Last Spire will stand as the band’s final effort. The first single to be released, Tower of Silence, can be heard now at metalblade.com/cathedral.

And lo, Lee Dorrian, mouthpiece of Cathedral for 23 years, doth solemnly intone the death rites of this mighty British metal Titan. Born in the dying days of Thatcher’s Britain, bonding over then-unfashionable, obscure names like Saint Vitus, Pentagram, Trouble and Dream Death, Cathedral’s sole ambition was to record a demo tape. In fact they revolutionized doom metal, first pushing their influences into new avenues of grinding extremity, then pioneering groovier forms of ’70s-indebted stoner doom.

Lee Dorrian adds:“When the last mix was finally done, there was a massive sense of relief. I think this was partly due to the fact that it meant Cathedral could finally be put to rest but also because we felt we’d done something that we were all very pleased with. I feel comfortable leaving The Last Spire as our legacy.” Dorrian continues, “The funeral of Cathedral has been a long but gratifying process. Deciding to end the band wasn’t an easy decision to make but we knew deep down in our hearts that it was the right thing to do.”

Read the full bio, written by Chris Chantler, at metalblade.com‘s Cathedral artist page HERE.

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Cathedral: The Last Spire

February 26th, 2013

IN MEMORIAM: CATHEDRAL 1990-2013

Cathedral 2013

Cathedral 2013

“The funeral of Cathedral has been a long but gratifying process. Deciding to end the band wasn’t an easy decision to make but we knew deep down in our hearts that it was the right thing to do.” And lo, Lee Dorrian, mouthpiece of Cathedral for 23 years, doth solemnly intone the death rites of this mighty British metal Titan. Born in the dying days of Thatcher’s Britain, bonding over then-unfashionable, obscure names like Saint Vitus, Pentagram, Trouble and Dream Death, Cathedral’s sole ambition was to record a demo tape. In fact they revolutionised doom metal, first pushing their influences into new avenues of grinding extremity, then pioneering groovier forms of ’70s-indebted stoner doom.

They’ve remained a reassuring and singular presence in our lives, building a rabid following worldwide with their wholly distinctive blend of rollicking British heavy metal, true doom, 70s hard rock, psych-folk, mad prog and spiky crust-punk. There was a worrying hiatus between 2005 and 2010 when some dared to wonder if Cathedral were coming back at all – but they re-emerged with ‘The Guessing Game’, an overflowing treasure chest of weird and wonderful goodies exploring new, bold variations on their craft. So when news came that Cathedral really were approaching the Endtyme, it was a shock.

“Announcing that we were splitting way in advance of recording ‘The Last Spire’ gave us time to adjust to the fact that the end really was in sight. This took a lot of the pressure off off us, as it meant that we no longer had anything to prove and could make this album purely on our own terms, especially by releasing it through Rise Above.”

DESCENDING ‘THE LAST SPIRE’

“Personally speaking, this is the album I’ve been waiting to do since the first one, it almost feels like we made our second album last in some respects. We actually recorded a lot more material but decided to sacrifice many of the tracks to make the overall album feel more complete in its nihilism. I don’t like happy endings, I never have. So many good films are ruined by happy endings and I didn’t want that to be the case with Cathedral, it was my dream to bring everything full circle.”Although exploring many twists and tempos, with Hammond, Mellotron and Moog deployed to stunning effect, ‘The Last Spire’ is grounded in a vast, blighted and shuddering doom metal landscape, studded with morosely magnificent career-best epics like ‘Pallbearer’, ‘Infestation Of Grey Death’ and ‘An Observation’. ‘Forest Of Equilibrium’ remains a one-of-a-kind recording, but ‘The Last Spire’ brings the best tricks Cathedral have learnt since to bear on a similarly monumental and obsessive total doom framework, the sound gritty and heavy as hell, musical chemistry at full pelt, each song gradually built and honed into optimum shape.

“Nothing was forced, we just let it happen. We had the luxury of being able to record at certain stages over a period of time, which was great, as we had chance to let the songs sit with us and watch them grow, whilst still allowing for elements of spontaneity. The process was as strange as it was enjoyable, it felt like we were writing out the band’s will.”

And what a bonded unit the band sound as a result. Gaz’s final sally for Cathedral is a copious, triumphant dark labyrinth of monstrous riffs, ripping leads and beguiling melodies, Repulsion’s Scott Carlson drops jaws with his vicious, attacking bass-work, and we’re going to miss the thunderous wallopings of Brian Dixon more than we know. Meanwhile Lee’s voice sounds more impassioned and commanding than ever, his Baudelaire-in-a-Midlands-squat lyrics attaining new heights of solemn, acid majesty. Clearly there was new impetus for reconnecting with that early spirit of doleful abjection, of sinister obsessions and lamented desires; on ‘The Last Spire’ Cathedral are literally doomed. We are commiserating the celebration, and in what thrilling style.

“When the last mix was finally done, there was a massive sense of relief. I think this was partly due to the fact that it meant Cathedral could finally be put to rest but also because we felt we’d done something that we were all very pleased with. I feel comfortable leaving ‘The Last Spire’ as our legacy.”

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New CATHEDRAL track featured in this month’s Decibel Flexi Series

February 6th, 2013

Decibel Magazine to feature CATHEDRAL on the cover of their May issue

UK mainstays and international cult act CATHEDRAL, has released their first new recorded material in three years exclusively via Decibel Magazine’s subscriber-only Decibel Flexi Series. The song, Vengeance of the Blind Dead, can be heard in the flexi included in this month’s issue, which hits newsstands tomorrow. The track is also streaming on Decibel’s soundcloud page: soundcloud.com/decibelmagazine. Limited quantities of the issue with the flexi can be ordered on decibelmagazine.com HERE.

Additionally, CATHEDRAL will be the featured cover story for Decibel Magazine’s May issue, on newsstands in April. The feature will highlight the band’s storied career, as well as discuss their final studio release, The Last Spire. More info on The Last Spire, including cover art and music will be available shortly. The album is scheduled for worldwide release this April/May.

In 2011, CATHEDRAL released Anniversary, a two disc live album, captured during a special show at the Islington Academy in London. Disc one features the band’s original line up performing their 1991 debut, Forest of Equilibrium, in its entirety. The second set featured the longstanding line-up of Lee Dorrian, Garry Jennings, Brian Dixon and Leo Smee, in which they performed a raucous selection of songs old and new. Sample a track from Anniversary and order your copy at metalblade.com.

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Cathedral – remastered edition of “Garden of Unearthly Delights” out in March

February 8th, 2012

Metal Mind Productions is proud to announce the exclusive reissue of “Garden of Unearthly Delights”, the eighth studio album by the legendary doom metal band – Cathedral. Anyone who is even slightly familiar with the term “doom metal” must have heard about this group. Throughout the last 21 years, not only did Cathedral manage to forge a style of their own, but they also helped shape the entire doom metal scene, both in Europe and the US. This exclusive digipack reissue of the band’s eighth opus brings back Cathedral at its finest, a truly exceptional album for all those enchanted by the heaviness and melancholy of doom metal…

 

Cathedral was founded in Coventry, England in 1989 after vocalist Lee Dorian (formerly performing with grindcore pioneers Napalm Death) met with bassist Mark “Griff” Griffiths (who at that time worked as a roadie for Carcass) and the two discussed their mutual love for doom acts such as Trouble, Pentagram, Candlemass and Witchfinder. After recruiting guitarists Garry “Gaz” Jennings and Adam Lehan (both ex-Acid Reign) and drummer Mike Smail, the group started working on their debut album – “Forest of Equilibrium” – which saw the light of day in 1991 via Earache Records. Throughout the following years the band released eight more albums along with six EPs and a live album called “Anniversary”. “Garden of Unearthly Delights”, Cathedral’s eighth LP, hit the stores on September 26th, 2005. The album took the listeners by surprise, offering some of the harshest and heaviest songs ever composed by the band. Tracks like “Oro the Manslayer”, “Tree of Life and Death” and “Upon Azrael’s Wings” showcased attitude never heard in Cathedral’s music before. Apart from the rougher cuts, “Garden of Unearthly Delights” brought also the trademark Cathedral sound in such songs as “North Berwick Witch Trials”, the Sabbath-influenced instrumental “Fields of Zagara” or the nearly 27-minute epic title track (full of beautiful, melancholic passages coupled with brilliantly varied riffs). Cathedral released their ninth studio album entitled “The Guessing Game” in March, 2010. In February, 2011, the band announced that Cathedral’s next album will be their last and that the group will disband in 2012 after releasing their final LP – “The Last Spire”. As Lee Dorian explained: “It’s simply time for us to bow out. Twenty one years is a very long time and it’s almost a miracle that we managed to come this far!”

 

“Garden of Unearthly Delights” remains one of the most breathtaking doom metal releases of all times and definitely deserves a place among Cathedral’s finest albums. This doom masterpiece is one psychedelic trip you don’t want to miss out on! New digipak edition of the album is limited to numbered 2000 copies. The album is remastered using tube technology, digitally edited on a golden disc. The release date is scheduled for March, 6th in Europe and May, 8th in USA (via MVD).

 

Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)
Release date: 06.03.2012 Europe / 08.05.2012 USA

Tracklist:

1. Dearth AD

2. Tree of Life & Death

3. North Berwick Witch Trials

4. Upon Azrael’s Wings

5. Corpsecycle

6. Fields of Zagara

7. Oro the Manslayer

8. Beneath a Funeral Sun

9. The Garden

 

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CATHEDRAL: 2CD live album “Anniversary” to be released by Metal Blade Records in North America

October 13th, 2011
CATHEDRAL

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CATHEDRAL: 2CD live album “Anniversary” to be released by Metal Blade Records in North America

Final studio album, The Last Spire, and one final live show in the works

“The best doom metal band of the past two decades.” Albert Mudrian – Decibel Magazine/Choosing Death

In conjunction with Rise Above Records, Metal Blade will be releasing the double-disc live album Anniversary from UK mainstays and international cult act CATHEDRAL. Set for release on Monday, November 21st in North America, Anniversary captures CATHEDRAL in all their raw and live glory and marks the first official live album to be ever released by the doom metal legends. Recorded live in London, 2010, Disc 1 features Forest of Equilibrium in its entirety, delivered impeccably by the original lineup of Lee Dorrian on vocals, Garry Jennings and Adam Lehan on guitar, Mark Griffiths on bass and Mike Smail on drums. Disc 2 is a greatest hits set courtesy of the long lasting lineup featuring Leo Smee (bass) and Brian Dixon (drums) alongside Dorrian and Jennings.

Vocalist Lee Dorrian comments on the band’s first ever live album and the impending final live show: “The release of Anniversary is both exciting and sad for us. Exciting, as it is the first ever official CATHEDRAL live album, recorded at our twentieth anniversary show on Dec 3rd in London last year, where we reunited with our original line up and performed the entirety of or debut album Forest of Equilibrium for the first (and last) time ever. Sad, because December the 3rd this year will be the night we perform our last show ever, before calling it a day as a live band. So more than anything, we would like to dedicate Anniversary to everyone who has followed and supported Cathedral over the years. Your support really means and has meant the world to us – thanks and stay heavy!

Words by Dom Lawson, August 2011

… and so it ends as it began, with the grim but compelling sound of mankind’s most artful and potent response against the dying of the light: the almighty riff…sacred, remorseless, oppressive and sublime…it towers above us like a shadow cast by the collected follies of humanity itself, giving us succour and protecting us from the lure of the grave …

Whether you regard them as the saviours of doom metal, the rightful heirs to the Sabbathian throne, the masters of the arcane, profane and avowedly eccentric or merely one of the finest British heavy metal bands of all time, CATHEDRAL have made an indelible and undeniable mark on the heavy music scene over their two decades of sonorous, lethargic service. Led by vocalist Lee Dorrian and his perennial riff-deliverer Gaz Jennings, the band emerged at the dawn of the 90s amid the clattering clangour of an extreme metal scene that had simply forgotten how to slow down and synchronize with the miserly grind of tectonic plates and the ticking of time. Righteously inspired by Black Sabbath, Pentagram, Trouble, Candlemass, Saint Vitus and many other purveyors of superlative snail’s pace riff worship, CATHEDRAL made it their principal aim to resurrect the very concept of doom within the metal scene, both in terms of the musical subgenre that bore that name but also with regard to the haunting emotional might that had steadily been drained from the heart of heavy.

After grabbing the attention of many like-minded souls with their early demo recordings, Dorrian and the original line-up of the band released their debut album, the astonishing Forest Of Equilibrium, in December 1991, single-handedly reversing metal’s runaway momentum and dragging it back to its fundamentally slow, soulful and crushing essence. From that moment on, CATHEDRAL became revered guardians of true doom and embarked on a steadily mutating path towards total riff nirvana. Upping the pace for 1993’s The Ethereal Mirror, they embraced evolution with alacrity. By the time 1995’s The Carnival Bizarre arrived, Dorrian and Jennings had been joined by bassist Leo Smee and drummer Brian Dixon, thus cementing a formation and focus that would serve the band well over the next 15 years. The series of albums that followed veered from the kaleidoscopic psychomania of Caravan Beyond Redemption (1998) through to the blistered, necrotizing funeral grind of Endtyme (2001) and on to the wild progressive hues of 2010’s The Guessing Game, covering all points in between.

CATHEDRAL’s live shows were always celebratory affairs, as the band traversed the globe spreading the bleak gospel and sharing grandiose riffs with generations of lost souls. By the year 2010, it became clear that CATHEDRAL mission had been effectively accomplished, and Dorrian began the countdown to oblivion. The band played a 20th anniversary show at London’s O2 Islington Academy on December 3rd, reconvening that legendary original line-up to perform Forest Of Equilibrium for the very first time in its devastating entirety, followed by a bold stride through the rest of that glorious catalogue courtesy of that equally classic but more enduring latter-day configuration. Fans and friends travelled from all around this wicked world to witness the event and despite the fact that many British disciples were unable to get to London due to harsh weather conditions and a dismal public transport system, “CATHEDRAL acquitted themselves with humble grace and splendor. Urged on by the news that CATHEDRALwill completely retire from the mortal metal realm after one more show this coming December, the entire 20th anniversary gig is now to be unleashed as Anniversary, a double-disc extravaganza of crippling, ultra-doom that is as raw and uncompromising as these desolate days demand. Next year will see the release of The Last Spire, the final chapter in the CATHEDRAL story, but for now Anniversary is doom’s last word. And so it ends…

Disc One – ‘Back to the Forest’
01. Picture of Beauty and Innocence 0.47
02. Comiserating the Celebration (of Life) 11.13
03. Ebony Tears 8:07
04. Serpent Eve 8:38
05. Soul Sacrifice 3:18
06. Funeral Request 10:10
07. Equilibrium 6:23
08. Reaching Happiness Touching Pain 10:52

Disc Two – ‘Bleak Winter’
01. Funeral of Dreams 9:17
02. Enter the Worms 6:46
03. Upon Azrael’s Wings 5:13
04. Midnight Mountain 4:51
05. Cosmic Funeral 6:17
06. Carnival Bizarre 11:06
07. Night of the Seagulls 9:06
08. Corpsecycle 5:51
09. Ride 6:30
10. The Last Spire Pt.1 (Entrance) 3:44
11. Vampire Sun 4.37
12. Hopkins 7.53

Keep up to date with CATHEDRAL at the following locations:
http://www.cathedralcoven.com/
http://www.metalblade.com/cathedral/

CATHEDRAL: 2CD live album “Anniversary” to be released by Metal Blade Records in North America
Final studio album, The Last Spire, and one final live show in the works

“The best doom metal band of the past two decades.” Albert Mudrian – Decibel Magazine/Choosing Death

In conjunction with Rise Above Records, Metal Blade will be releasing the double-disc live album Anniversary from UK mainstays and international cult act CATHEDRAL. Set for release on Monday, November 21st in North America, Anniversary captures CATHEDRAL in all their raw and live glory and marks the first official live album to be ever released by the doom metal legends. Recorded live in London, 2010, Disc 1 features Forest of Equilibrium in its entirety, delivered impeccably by the original lineup of Lee Dorrian on vocals, Garry Jennings and Adam Lehan on guitar, Mark Griffiths on bass and Mike Smail on drums. Disc 2 is a greatest hits set courtesy of the long lasting lineup featuring Leo Smee (bass) and Brian Dixon (drums) alongside Dorrian and Jennings.

Vocalist Lee Dorrian comments on the band’s first ever live album and the impending final live show: “The release of Anniversary is both exciting and sad for us. Exciting, as it is the first ever official CATHEDRAL live album, recorded at our twentieth anniversary show on Dec 3rd in London last year, where we reunited with our original line up and performed the entirety of or debut album Forest of Equilibrium for the first (and last) time ever. Sad, because December the 3rd this year will be the night we perform our last show ever, before calling it a day as a live band. So more than anything, we would like to dedicate Anniversary to everyone who has followed and supported Cathedral over the years. Your support really means and has meant the world to us – thanks and stay heavy!

Words by Dom Lawson, August 2011

… and so it ends as it began, with the grim but compelling sound of mankind’s most artful and potent response against the dying of the light: the almighty riff…sacred, remorseless, oppressive and sublime…it towers above us like a shadow cast by the collected follies of humanity itself, giving us succour and protecting us from the lure of the grave …

Whether you regard them as the saviours of doom metal, the rightful heirs to the Sabbathian throne, the masters of the arcane, profane and avowedly eccentric or merely one of the finest British heavy metal bands of all time, CATHEDRAL have made an indelible and undeniable mark on the heavy music scene over their two decades of sonorous, lethargic service. Led by vocalist Lee Dorrian and his perennial riff-deliverer Gaz Jennings, the band emerged at the dawn of the 90s amid the clattering clangour of an extreme metal scene that had simply forgotten how to slow down and synchronize with the miserly grind of tectonic plates and the ticking of time. Righteously inspired by Black Sabbath, Pentagram, Trouble, Candlemass, Saint Vitus and many other purveyors of superlative snail’s pace riff worship, CATHEDRAL made it their principal aim to resurrect the very concept of doom within the metal scene, both in terms of the musical subgenre that bore that name but also with regard to the haunting emotional might that had steadily been drained from the heart of heavy.

After grabbing the attention of many like-minded souls with their early demo recordings, Dorrian and the original line-up of the band released their debut album, the astonishing Forest Of Equilibrium, in December 1991, single-handedly reversing metal’s runaway momentum and dragging it back to its fundamentally slow, soulful and crushing essence. From that moment on, CATHEDRAL became revered guardians of true doom and embarked on a steadily mutating path towards total riff nirvana. Upping the pace for 1993’s The Ethereal Mirror, they embraced evolution with alacrity. By the time 1995’s The Carnival Bizarre arrived, Dorrian and Jennings had been joined by bassist Leo Smee and drummer Brian Dixon, thus cementing a formation and focus that would serve the band well over the next 15 years. The series of albums that followed veered from the kaleidoscopic psychomania of Caravan Beyond Redemption (1998) through to the blistered, necrotizing funeral grind of Endtyme (2001) and on to the wild progressive hues of 2010’s The Guessing Game, covering all points in between.

CATHEDRAL’s live shows were always celebratory affairs, as the band traversed the globe spreading the bleak gospel and sharing grandiose riffs with generations of lost souls. By the year 2010, it became clear that CATHEDRAL mission had been effectively accomplished, and Dorrian began the countdown to oblivion. The band played a 20th anniversary show at London’s O2 Islington Academy on December 3rd, reconvening that legendary original line-up to perform Forest Of Equilibrium for the very first time in its devastating entirety, followed by a bold stride through the rest of that glorious catalogue courtesy of that equally classic but more enduring latter-day configuration. Fans and friends travelled from all around this wicked world to witness the event and despite the fact that many British disciples were unable to get to London due to harsh weather conditions and a dismal public transport system, “CATHEDRAL acquitted themselves with humble grace and splendor. Urged on by the news that CATHEDRALwill completely retire from the mortal metal realm after one more show this coming December, the entire 20th anniversary gig is now to be unleashed as Anniversary, a double-disc extravaganza of crippling, ultra-doom that is as raw and uncompromising as these desolate days demand. Next year will see the release of The Last Spire, the final chapter in the CATHEDRAL story, but for now Anniversary is doom’s last word. And so it ends…

Disc One – ‘Back to the Forest’
01. Picture of Beauty and Innocence 0.47
02. Comiserating the Celebration (of Life) 11.13
03. Ebony Tears 8:07
04. Serpent Eve 8:38
05. Soul Sacrifice 3:18
06. Funeral Request 10:10
07. Equilibrium 6:23
08. Reaching Happiness Touching Pain 10:52

Disc Two – ‘Bleak Winter’
01. Funeral of Dreams 9:17
02. Enter the Worms 6:46
03. Upon Azrael’s Wings 5:13
04. Midnight Mountain 4:51
05. Cosmic Funeral 6:17
06. Carnival Bizarre 11:06
07. Night of the Seagulls 9:06
08. Corpsecycle 5:51
09. Ride 6:30
10. The Last Spire Pt.1 (Entrance) 3:44
11. Vampire Sun 4.37
12. Hopkins 7.53

Keep up to date with CATHEDRAL at the following locations:
http://www.cathedralcoven.com/
http://www.metalblade.com/cathedral/

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Jalometalli 2011 – Oulu Finland

September 20th, 2011

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Here we are again… The mighty Jalometalli Open Air Metal festival strikes back once again with a killer line-up to maintain its metallic lofty status on the Finnish festival map. The festival is known for relying on an old school metal approach offering traditional metal to extreme metal. The festival offered a great deal of bands from the classic metal to the extreme black metal. The festival had also paid attention to young rising and local bands which had been placed to play at the small third sage. That was unique and thankfully most of the bands sounded killer. The Metal Rules team hit the ground of Oulu to testify several absolutely killer bands. The whole Jalometalli as a festival is so unique and one of kind that anyone reading this article should take a glance at the offering of the festival. Here is a brief article on the fest.

Article – Arto Lehtinen and Petri Seppänen Da Costa

Pics by Arto Lehtinen

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CATHEDRAL To Record One Final Studio Album

May 22nd, 2011
Cathedral (2010)

Cathedral (2010)

According to The Quietus, seminal U.K. doom metal act CATHEDRAL will play its last-ever show on December 3 at the London Kentish Town Forum. Support will be provided by kindred spirits GRAND MAGUS, COMUS, and GENTLEMAN’S PISTOLS. The band will record one final studio album entitled “The Last Spire”, to be released in 2012 as a follow-up to last year’s “The Guessing Game”. There will be no live shows to support the album, as frontman Lee Dorrian claims that it’s time for CATHEDRAL to “move on” and hopes “to leave our recorded legacy to linger.”

When asked if he feels he has achieved all he could with CATHEDRAL, Dorrian told The Quietus, “Yes, way beyond what we ever thought we could achieve, to be honest. For a start, when we first formed the band, we seriously never saw beyond making a demo. What we were doing was purely out of love for our favorite doom metal bands, and they were so few and far between. To have had the opportunity to develop as a band and follow our own path has been nothing short of a miracle in the face of adversity. We had no plan, we just let it happen and we are utterly grateful to the people that have supported us, enabling it to come this far.”

Regarding what his happiest and weirdest memories are from being the frontman of CATHEDRAL, Dorrian said, “So many things, not just being the frontman but being part of it. When me and Gaz first got the band together, we had no idea that we would become friends with members of WITCHFINDER GENERAL, TROUBLE, THE OBSESSED, PENTAGRAM, et cetera. Tony Iommi actually played on one of our albums. These are things that mean the world to us above any kind of commercial success.”

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CATHEDRAL Announce Last Ever Show

May 20th, 2011
Cathedral (2010)

Cathedral (2010)

British doom legends CATHEDRAL have announced they will play their last ever show at the HMV Forum in London, England on Saturday, December 3rd.

 

In an explanatory statement, vocalist and founding member Lee Dorian says: “Well we’ve been doing this for over 21 years now and I think it’s a bit of a cop out when bands get back together. I never-say-never, but I honestly can’t see it ever happening. The music means more to us than that and it’s not as though people haven’t had enough chances to see us over the years. I would say it’s very unlikely.”

 

Support will come from GRAND MAGUS, COMUS and GENTLEMAN’S PISTOLS. Tickets, priced at £22.50 each, go on sale tomorrow, May 20th.

 

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Legendary UK doom metallers CATHEDRAL call it quits

February 6th, 2011
Cathedral (2010)

Cathedral (2010)

Their statement reads as follows:

After a twenty-one year career, Cathedral announce their forthcoming retirement from the scene. The band will make their exit from the live arena at the end of this year and plan to record one final studio album to be released in 2012.

According to vocalist Lee Dorrian: “It’s simply time for us to bow out. Twenty-one years is a very long time and it’s almost a miracle that we managed to come this far! We’ve had a great time during Cathedral’s existence and it has literally been our life. It’s just time to move on and leave our recorded legacy to linger”.

Since forming in 1990 the band have released nine studio albums and several EP’s. A large part of their career was spent recording for Earache Records, debuting with the landmark 1991 Doom Metal classic Forest of Equilibrium. This was followed by the seminal 1993 Ethereal Mirror album which was released by Columbia records in America to large critical acclaim.

More recently Cathedral have continued to expand on their overall sound, releasing two albums for the Nuclear Blast label. Dorrian continues: “Our latest album The Guessing Game is exactly where we wanted to be after all this time. Staying in one place, being repetitive and predictable is something we wanted to avoid right from the off.”

The band’s uncompromising individual style has gained them a large cult-following around the world. They recently reunited with the original line-up for their twentieth anniversary concert to perform their aforementioned debut in its entirety. They are scheduled to make several final live appearances 2011, including dates in Japan and at the Maryland Deathfest. More dates will follow including a farewell London show later in the year.

Dorrian concludes: “We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to those special people who have supported Cathedral over the years. It may sound like a cliché but it’s certainly true – we simply wouldn’t have been able to do it without you, thanks!”

CATHEDRAL Call It Quits

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Posted on Sunday, February 06, 2011 at 14:15:47 EST

Legendary UK doom metallers CATHEDRAL have called it quits.

Their statement reads as follows:

After a twenty-one year career, Cathedral announce their forthcoming retirement from the scene. The band will make their exit from the live arena at the end of this year and plan to record one final studio album to be released in 2012.

According to vocalist Lee Dorrian: “It’s simply time for us to bow out. Twenty-one years is a very long time and it’s almost a miracle that we managed to come this far! We’ve had a great time during Cathedral’s existence and it has literally been our life. It’s just time to move on and leave our recorded legacy to linger”.

Since forming in 1990 the band have released nine studio albums and several EP’s. A large part of their career was spent recording for Earache Records, debuting with the landmark 1991 Doom Metal classic Forest of Equilibrium. This was followed by the seminal 1993 Ethereal Mirror album which was released by Columbia records in America to large critical acclaim.

More recently Cathedral have continued to expand on their overall sound, releasing two albums for the Nuclear Blast label. Dorrian continues: “Our latest album The Guessing Game is exactly where we wanted to be after all this time. Staying in one place, being repetitive and predictable is something we wanted to avoid right from the off.”

The band’s uncompromising individual style has gained them a large cult-following around the world. They recently reunited with the original line-up for their twentieth anniversary concert to perform their aforementioned debut in its entirety. They are scheduled to make several final live appearances 2011, including dates in Japan and at the Maryland Deathfest. More dates will follow including a farewell London show later in the year.

Dorrian concludes: “We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to those special people who have supported Cathedral over the years. It may sound like a cliché but it’s certainly true – we simply wouldn’t have been able to do it without you, thanks!”

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CATHEDRAL CELEBRATE 20 YEARS WITH ORIGINAL LINE UP

September 1st, 2010

The year 2010 marks the Twentieth Anniversary of Cathedral and in order to commemorate the occasion the band will perform a one-off show on December 3rd 2010 at the O2 Academy in Islington, North London.

For one night only Cathedral will be performing two sets, including the entirety of their landmark debut album and Doom Metal classic ‘Forest of Equilibrium’ where Lee Dorrian and Garry Jennings will be joined by the recording line up Mark “Griff” Griffiths, Adam Lehan and Mike Smail.

This will be followed by a second set of songs performed by the current line up of Lee Dorian, Garry Jennings, Brian Dixon & Leo Smee.

Vocalist Lee Dorrian elaborates: “Cathedral has come along way since those dirge-ridden smoke-filled, cheap lager and sweat infested early rehearsals back in 1990. To be brutally honest, back then we never imagined that we would have continued on a twenty year journey and still be here to tell the tale”.

“A lot of bands that have been around this long tend to shy away from their roots, in favour of more ‘accessible’ material that they wrote in their “maturing” stages. Well, despite the fact that we may have expanded on our sound and style since those early days, we are certainly not embarrassed by our origins, in fact the opposite is true. To commemorate (Commiserate?) this twenty year marathon, we thought it would be a cool idea to regroup the line up of our first studio album for a special one-off show, and perform it in it’s entirety. Fortunately, everyone from those days agreed. This will mark the beginning of the evening, which will be followed by a set of material ‘post-Forest’ bringing us right up to date with our latest album, ‘The Guessing Game’. We are excited about this event and look forward to seeing you there”.

Cathedral
Friday December 3rd 2010 O2 Academy Islington N1 Centre
16 Parkfield Street London N1 0PS

Tickets available from www.kililive.com

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Hammerfest – Pontins Holiday Village, Prestatyn, Wales

June 1st, 2009

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Pontins Holiday Village, Prestatyn, Wales

24th-25th April 2009

All pics and review by HannTu

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Monterrey Metal Fest III – Monterrey Mexico 2006

January 27th, 2007

Monterrey Metal Fest III
November 17-18, 2006. Monterrey, México.
By Chico Migraña and Jacobo

Pics by German “Gallo” Garcia 

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