Cathedral
The Carnival Bizarre


4.5
superb

Review

by USER (14 Reviews)
September 17th, 2005 | 13 replies


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist


Oh yeah, this is what Doom Metal is about, grinding riff that say we are here to rock you! First song I heard on this album was Hopkins (Witchfinder General) It was the first bit of Doom Metal I had and the video was wierd and medieval and I was like "Woah!" That is rocking! Though not commercial, they keep a tight fanbase in the underground.

You can't describe the band but it is a mix of Black Sabbath and the traditional Doom metal style. The singer can't really sing but his style just suits the music, you just can't help but sing along to it. The lyrics are quite strange in their own right, very cheesey =D with lyrics about the “devil" and such. The riffs just smooth along with the singing.

Hopkins (Witchfinder General) was the soul of the album, the accessible song you could call it. It was so cool when I listened to it on MTV2’s 120 Minutes. I love the guitar breakdown half way through it, it then proceeds to a guitar riff then an awesome solo. That is one good thing, the guitarists have solos not very technical but it is short and sweet.

Night Of The Seagulls is one gloomy number. It starts off creepy and scary and the vocals are rough to perfect this mood. This time it has a bass breakdown. This is one seven minute epic you would love start to finish. Vampire Sun starts off the album. It is a straight-forward rock song. No seven minute epic here, just rock start to finish. So you guessed it was up-tempo =P

Overall this album was impressive, one album you can sit in the dark and indulge in. Guitar solos, amazing drums, stand-out bass. This album is awesome. My only grip is that the songs sound similar and it is the same singing style and same guitar tone the whole way through but that is only my opinion. It is certainly a grower though so give this album a chance if you didn’t like it the first time.
I give this album

4.5/5



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any14doomsday
September 17th 2005


679 Comments


Hell yeah DOOOOOOM yeah this is a cool album, they have some way doomier stuff, but i like this cause its got more of like a straitfoward stoner rock kinda vibe to it.This Message Edited On 09.17.05

Neoteric
October 17th 2005


3243 Comments


Slight re-hash, I think this deserves more of a 3.5 now.

dragonaut
June 30th 2009


62 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This has strong riffage for a band unknown to many, deserves more respect.

StinkyWizzelteats
January 22nd 2011


68 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

HUGGY BEAR OH YEAH

Taoboxer9
May 23rd 2011


174 Comments


You forgot to mention that Tony Iommi plays on track 3 !

seedofnothing
November 15th 2011


3425 Comments


m/




beeroine87
January 24th 2012


36 Comments


if only dorian's voice didn't suck so much in this recording this album would be one of the best in doom/stoner metal's history

seedofnothing
January 24th 2012


3425 Comments


Vox are true.

beeroine87
January 28th 2012


36 Comments


bad =/= true

When you hear him in forest and rampton (teeth of lions rule the divine) you wonder why the fuck doesn't he sings like this, instead of this dissonance bullcrap that he uses after ethereal mirror ... i think i know the answer his retarded guitarist probably decided that it was a good idea to play stoner even if dorian can't follow ...

Sigh i will never understand this band

beeroine87
January 28th 2012


36 Comments


^ i almost agree

rockandmetaljunkie
April 26th 2012


3848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fantastic album.
Vampire Sun, Hopkins, Utopian Blaster, Night of The Seagulls, Carnival Bizarre, Palace, Electric Grave are all magnificent songs. This album is full of gems. Iommi's solo in track 3 is vintage. I wish it was a little bit longer.

rockandmetaljunkie
April 26th 2012


3848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The review is good although it should be more informing.
I pos'd it nonetheless.

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
November 25th 2013


1922 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album completes the trilogy of classic albums from one of Doom Metal's most inspiring bands. Although I prefer "The ethereal mirror" musically, "The carnival bizarre" sees the band pursuing more groove-based structures and rhythms which have more of a stoner rock vibe than ever before. Though Doom Metal influences are still apparent-as on the zombie-like pace of 'Night of the seagulls'-the band here sound driven by faster-paced instrumentation and more simplistic, straight-to-the-point songs. Unfortunately after this album the band would sort of lose their magic and spirit, they regained on the more recent releases.

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