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Artist:

Cathedral

Album:

The Garden of Unearthly Delights

Year: 2005
Format: CD
Label: Nuclear Blast
Genre: [Experimental Progressive Doom Metal]
Overall Rating: 8.5
Music: 8.5
Production: 8.0


What, Cathedral has gone progressive?! This seems to be the case, since their new studio album "The Garden of Unearthly Delights" showcases the band's most mature work to date. The songs have taken a leap forward in terms of song structure, and thus the material has no problem maintaining the interest of the listener. Furthermore, the quality of material on this album is rather steady, so one finds oneself listening to this album over and over again.

Pounding rhythms, haunting melodies, memorable harmonies - all coupled with visceral leads and surprising tempo changes... yeah, there's definitely some really great stuff on this record. In addition, there's quite a bit of experimentation on this album... just listen to the 27-minute epic "The Garden" with its numerous breaks.

The Garden of Unearthly Delights doesn't let down the listener sonically either. The sounds are atmospheric and full without lacking power when it's called for. Warren Ryker (Down, Crowbar) handled his job proficiently as the production suits this album well.

Overall, I'm favourably surprised by Cathedral's latest offering. The Garden of Unearthly Delights is unquestionably one of this year's best doom releases. Be sure to check it out.

Release date: September 26th, 2005

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- MAGE (September 24th, 2005)



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LINE-UP:
Dorrian, Lee: Vocals 	
Jennings, Garry: Guitar
Smee, Leo: Bass 	
Dixon, Brian: Drums
Producer: Ryker, Warren
Mixing by: Unavailable
Mastering by: Unavailable
TRACKLIST:
Cathedral - The Garden of Unearthly Delights  CD  Cover Image
01. Dearth AD 2005
02. Tree of Life & Death
03. North Berwick Witch Trials
04. Upon Azrael's Wings
05. Corpsecycle
06. Fields of Zagara
07. Oro the Manslayer
08. Beneath a Funeral Sun
09. The Garden
10. Proga-Europa

Length: 70:51
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