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Cathedral : The Seventh Coming



The emperors of the British doom metal scene are back. Their new album is called 'The Seventh Coming' and I am sure that its music will awake your most doomy feelings. Cathedral once more dive into the depths of doom-metal and they manage to provide us with a heavy dark and melodic album. It has its fast and groovy moments (for example the opening track 'Phoenix Rising' which reminded me of the band's classic track 'Hopkins-') but in general it is based on slow heavy doomy sounds. Clever changes between faster and slower parts manage to keep the listener's attention from the first to the last moment. Take f.i. the track 'Empty Mirror' which has a great slow and atmospheric part electrified by tomb-stoned guitars and haunted by keyboards.

Another thing worth mentioning here is the atmosphere of the album as a whole. In some of their past releases, Cathedral have tried to create a dark, haunted and doomy atmosphere using spoken parts, samples and the like. To put it simple, they have discovered a more theatrical way to improve their own musical style. However, the new tracks are based solely on the power of music itself. Only guitar, bass, drums, keyboards (Hammond) and vocals are used. It can be said that the band has moved back to the basics and in my opinion this is very good. I think that those haunted melodies provided by the Hammond organ offer enough darkness. The guitar riffs are as heavy as tombstones, both on the fast and groovier parts as on the most doomy moments. The heavy rhythm section is the most suitable for the musical foundation the band tries to create. Once more I will have to mention the great keyboards, which are used appropriately, their haunted melodies provide a 70s, psych-dark feel.

Well that is all. We have a great album full of heavy riffs and great atmosphere. It includes songs that get stuck in your mind and will satisfy all the doomsters around! Add to all this the great production which gives the songs an unique personality, and of course the great vocals which sound clean but still heavy. My favorite tracks are: 'Phoenix Rising' (heavy and groovy), 'Skullflower' (fucking doom metal), 'Aphrodite's Winter' (darkness), 'Congregation Of Sorcerers' (a touch of Celtic Frost).

Reviewer's rating: Unrated

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Tracklist :
1. Phoenix Rising
2. Resisting The Ghost
3. Skullflower
4. Aphrodite`s Winter
5. Empty Mirror
6. Nocturnal Fist
7. Iconclast
8. Black Robed Avenger
9. Congregation Of Sorcerers
10. Halo Of Fire

Duration : Approx. 53 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Chris Papadakis
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