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Cathedral : Forest of Equilibrium



Back in 1991, Cathedral produced one of the slowest, heaviest and most depressive 'doom with a groove' albums ever. The atmosphere this band manages to create in 'Forest of Equilibrium' is absolutely suffocating and utterly depressive.

Lee Dorrian's expressive, wailing voice, holds the middle somewhere between clean vocals and a death vox. The music on 'Forest-' could be described as doom 'n roll: the 'Sabbathian riffs are revised from the most extreme, languid point of view: devoid of every energy, hope and passion, they sound as if they try to beat any joy and happiness out of the unfortunate listener. Neither can any relief be found in the abstract, yet very capturing lyrics.

In comparison with their mCD 'In Memorium', the music is more varied here, featuring an up-tempo track ('Soul Sacrifice'), some acoustic guitar intermezzo's and even the use of a flute. However, don't let the use of these atmospheric elements mislead you and don't start searching in vain for some catchy tunes: even the flute sounds atonal, although it adds a lot of atmosphere to the tracks wherein it is used, namely the intro and the last track of this album, the incredibly depressive opus 'Reaching Happiness,
Touching Pain'.

You won't find often in the world of 'rock 'n roll influenced metal' pain, disappointment and frustration expressed in such an honest, desperate way. Therefore, this album can't be missing from any serious doom-metal collection.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated

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Tracklist :
1. Picture of Beauty and Innocence (intro)
2. Ebony Tears
3. Serpent Eve
4. Soul Sacrifice
5. A funeral Request
6. Equilibrium
7. Reaching Happiness, Touching Pain

Duration : Approx. 54 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kostas Panagiotou
Aesthetic Death
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