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A glimpse into one of the few genuine stateside attempts at Anglo-inflected progressive rock. There is something endearing about the band's earnestness at pursuing these compositions, and yet it never quite pulls together. The Mellotron is played suprisingly clumsily — it sounds like they didn't have a volume pedal on hand, because the notes jump out with minimal attack, and if you listen close you can hear the contact noise on the keys. Other instruments fare better, though, and reviving this album was clearly a labor of love for Synphonic Music.


Formed: 1990

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

It's universally agreed that the originators of the doom metal genre are Black Sabbath, but there were several bands of the '80s/early '90s that kept the style alive (during Sabbath's "lean years"), such as Saint Vitus, Trouble, Candlemass, and, especially, the U.K.-based Cathedral. When singer Lee Dorrian jumped ship from grindcore godfathers Napalm Death during the late '80s, he sought to form a new outfit that would focus on the plodding sounds of Sabbath, rather than the all-out assault of his...
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