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Cathedral : In Memorium

This classic mCD was one of the first attempts to react against the death metal philosophy of that time, which stated that an extreme metal band should play as fast as possible. Bands like proved that an extreme musical vision means more than a fast tempo; when the pace is extremely slow, pain lasts longer.

Lee Dorrian, Cathedral's singer (who used to be the vocalist of grind/death pioneers Napalm Death), has one of the most particular voices in the realms of metal. His vocals are not really clean, but the term 'death grunt' is also not fit to describe them. His wailing voice creates in combination with the nihilistic, a-melodic sound of the music, a claustrophobic atmosphere. The only elements that save Cathedral's music from complete nihilism, are some references to the sound of bluesy "70's hard rock and rock 'n roll", which in its turn is a derivative of the massive 'Sabbath influence.

Together with Cathedral's first full-length 'Forest of equilibrium', 'In Memorium' showed the way out of the fixation on fast music and technical riffs to a lot of metal bands. The path was set to create the most depressive metal genre ever.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
Original EP:
1. Mourning of a New Day
2. All Your Sins
3. Ebony Tears
4. March

Live in Holland '91:
5. Commiserating the Celebration
6. Ebony Tears
7. Neophytes for Serpent Eve
8. All Your Sins
9. Mourning of a New Day

Duration : Approx. 29 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kostas Panagiotou
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