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The Guessing Game

Cathedral

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Hard To Describe, Hard Not To Love

I really love this album. It's strange, funny, heavy, and fun. I thought it was humorous that Decibel magazine gave this album a "?" out of 10. Really. It's a perfect review there, so I won't try to top that.

This is a fun album, though. It's intelligent, heavy as hell one minute and weird and moderately goofy the next. I don't want to imply that this is a comedy album, but it's got an obvious sense of humor to balance the rock.

I don't really want to call this a metal album, either, because I can see some hardcore death-heads saying it's not "real" metal, whatever that means.

But it is great, in every conceivable way. Highly recommended.

20 years it's been

This is one of those records you can not listen to just once and expect to have a clear picture of what it is all about. I actually did not like it at first. After my initial listen I waited a day and went back to it, I'm glad I gave it a second chance. I'm now on my fifth time through and I have to say it is a really good album. Listening to a 30 second clip of each track here on iTunes really does not give you a good idea of what this album is as a whole. This is Cathedral on their 20th birthday. Don't just listen to it once or even two times, go for three and if you really enjoy this band you will really enjoy this record too.

Biography

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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