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It's universally agreed that the originators of the doom metal genre are Black Sabbath, but there were several bands ofthe'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 Deathduring thelate '80s, he sought to form a new outfit that would focus on the plodding sounds of Sabbath, rather than the all-out assaultof his former band. As a result, Cathedral was formed in early 1990, with a lineup consisting of Dorrian, ...read more

It's universally agreed that the originators of the doom metal genre are Black Sabbath, but there were several bands ofthe'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 Deathduring thelate '80s, he sought to form a new outfit that would focus on the plodding sounds of Sabbath, rather than the all-out assaultof his former band. As a result, Cathedral was formed in early 1990, with a lineup consisting of Dorrian, guitaristsMarkGriffiths and Gary Jennings, plus drummer Andy Baker. Almost immediately, however, the new group experiencedsomepersonnel fluctuation (a sign of things to come). Baker was replaced by Ben Mochrie after only several rehearsals,Griffithsswitched over to the bass, and a second guitarist was added, Adam Lehan. 1991 saw the release of a self. produceddemo, InMemoriam, issued via Dorrian's own label, Rise Above Records (the album would be reissued on CD almost ten yearslater, withan expanded track listing).

Cathedral were signed by renowned U.K. metal label Earache shortly thereafter, resulting in the release of their full. lengthdebut, Forest of Equilibrium, in 1991. With many figuring that grindcore would become the next globally preferred sub. genre ofheavy metal, U.S. major labels began signing such outfits as Entombed, Carcass, and Napalm Death. As a result oftheir tiesto the genre, Cathedral signed on with Columbia Records, even though they displayed little resemblance musically totheaforementioned acts. Lineup instability failed to derail Cathedral, as they delivered arguably the finest album of theircareer,The Ethereal Mirror, in 1993. A year later, Cathedral got to open a European tour for their heroes, Black Sabbath(albeit theTony Martin-fronted version).

By this time, Dorrian and Jennings were the only members left in attendance from their early days, but more importantly,thegroup was dropped by Columbia after only a single album. The group has persevered nonetheless -- returning back totheEarache label, and throughout the remainder of the '90s and early 21st century issued such strong releases as 1995'sTheCarnival Bizarre, 1996's Supernatural Birth Machine, 1998's Caravan Beyond Redemption, and 2001's Endtyme. In2002Cathedral signed on with Spitfire in time for the release of their seventh full-length overall, The VIIth Coming. Thebandsigned to Nuclear Blast in 2004, and two years later released The Garden of Unearthly Delights. In 2010 the bandreleased itsninth album (and first double album), The Guessing Game. Despite all of their ups and downs, Cathedral can becredited withopening the door for other subsequent doom bands, as countless groups (who had obviously studied Dorrian andcompany)cropped up during the mid- to late '90s: Orange Goblin, Electric Wizard, Spiritual Beggars, and more. « hide

Similar Bands: Electric Wizard, New Keepers Of The Water Towers, Reverend Bizarre, Saint Vitus, Trouble

LPs
The Last Spire
04/29/2013

3.9
46 Votes
The Guessing Game
2010

3.7
51 Votes
The Garden Of Unearthly Delights
2005

3.5
58 Votes
The VIIth Coming
2002

3.5
26 Votes
Endtyme
2001

3.6
32 Votes
Caravan Beyond Redemption
1998

3.2
32 Votes
Supernatural Birth Machine
1996

3.2
29 Votes
The Carnival Bizarre
1995

3.9
80 Votes
The Ethereal Mirror
1993

4.1
117 Votes
Forest of Equilibrium
1991

3.8
107 Votes
EPs
A New Ice Age
2011

2.8
2 Votes
Hopkins (The Witchfinder General)
1996

3.5
18 Votes
Cosmic Requiem
1994

3.2
3 Votes
Statik Majik
1994

3.8
10 Votes
Soul Sacrifice
1992

3.5
22 Votes
In Memorium
1990

3.3
2 Votes
Live Albums
Anniversary
2011

3.8
3 Votes
Compilations
The Serpent's Gold
2004

3.5
5 Votes
In Memoriam
2000

3.5
4 Votes
Statik Majik / Soul Sacrifice
1999

3.6
4 Votes

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