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The Serpents Gold
September 2004
Released: 2004, Earache
Rating: 5.0/5
Reviewer: MetalGeorge

How do you review a band who, in every sense of the word, helped you discover a genre? Well, this is the dilemma I have when I'm trying to explain to you how GODLY Cathedral are to my world. It was years ago when a little ep by this British Doom Institution, entitled COSMIC FUNERAL (STATIK MAJIK in Europe) single-handedly lead me to the wonderful world of Doom Metal. Now in 2004 I'm sitting with a killer "best of" collection spinning in my discman, hitting my ears with classic track after classic track of Heavy Metal greatness.

If for some reason you are still ignorant of the mighty Cathedral's existance, than this is the absolute perfect introduction to some of the mightiest music penned this side of Birmingham legends, Black Sabbath. In fact, I'd venture to state that, in my humble opinion, Cathedral stand alongside Candlemass and Trouble as the undisputed KINGS of Doom Metal in our time.

THE SERPENT'S COLD is a massive double disc collection. The first disc compiles the band's major hits and more well-known tunes. All of these tracks are taken from their many studio released, with each period of the Cathedral story given it's time and place. From the melancholic madness of FOREST OF EQUILIBRIUM to the rockin' grooves of CARNIVAL BIZARRE or ETHEREAL MIRROR, you'll get it all here, and then some.

Speaking of "then some", that's what disc two is all about. This is the true treat for Cathedral fans, like myself. Containing numerous demo outtakes, live tracks, covers, and unreleased material, this is a true treasure trove of doomy goodness. Add to this a massive booklet containing interviews with both guitarist Gaz Jennings and Doom Shaman Lee Dorrian himself, and you have a collection truly worth it's weight in gold. Absolutely essential.--mg
Track Listing

Track Listing

Disc One:
1. Ride
2. Hopkins (Witchfinder General)
3. Autumn Twilight
4. Midnight Mountain
5. Soul Sacrifice (EP version)
6. Enter the Worms
7. Stained Glass Horizon
8. Vampire Sun
9. Cosmic Funeral
10. Ebony Tears
11. Melancholy Emperor
12. Equilibrium
13. Utopian Blaster
14. Voodoo Fire
15. Imprisoned in Flesh

Disc Two:

1. Hide and Seek
2. Neophytes for Serpent Eve (demo)
3. Violet Breath
4. Night of the Seagulls (demo)
5. Magic Mountain
6. A Funeral Request (live, feat. Victor Griffin/Joe Hasselvander
(Pentagram) and Scott Carlson (Repulsion)
7. The Olde Oak Tree
8. Schizoid Pupeteer
9. Carnival Bizarre (demo)
10. Rabies (Witchfinder General cover)
11. Blue Light (live)
12. Commisrating the Celebration of Life (demo)





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