Having been called behind the times for much of its existence, it comes as no surprise that even after the revivalist movement of Stonehenge rockers came and went faster than you can say Man's Ruin, Cathedral neither achieved a commercial breakthrough, nor did they decide to call it a day. The former is an unsurprising bit of a shame; the latter is a blessing, since The VIIth Coming is as good a record the band has ever made, one that lacks the filler of many of the band's releases, even if it also is devoid of a signature track that stands out as a keeper. Lee Dorrian has all but abandoned his trademark menacing growl, leaving in its place a less-distinctive but much easier-on-the-ear singing voice that doesn't need to be buried in the mix as on the band's previous releases, and isn't. The musical output has a more subtle charge; sure, the Black Sabbath is still there, but the keyboards layered underneath the riff of "The Empty Mirror" and in the foreground of "Nocturnal Fist" seem a lot closer to Uriah Heep, and there are nods to more modern influences as well, such as on "Iconoclast," which sounds like slowed-down, grunged-out Pantera.
Lee Dorrian (vocals)
Garry 'Gaz' Jennings (guitars)
Brian Dixon (drums)
Leo Smee (bass)
1 Phoenix Rising
2 Resisting the Ghost
4 Aphrodite's Winter
5 The Empty Mirror
6 Nocturnal Fist
8 Black Robed Avenger
9 Congregation or Sorcerer's
10 Halo of Fire
Cathedral is a truly great band.
Led by Lee Dorrian, this band represents everything that is good about today's metal, doomy and heavier than a truckfull of lead pellets.
Dorrian has one of the greatest voices in the history of rock. His growling, raspy voice is a nice departure from the shrill, wail of so many metal singers and takes me back to the rough, gutter style of Paul Di'Anno.
No doom metal collection can be complete without a couple of Cathedral records, and this is one of their finest.
Rip from CD 256@ (full artwork included)