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Formed: 1989
From: Coventry, United Kingdom
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Latest Cathedral News

Below is our complete Cathedral news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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The Skull Debut Title Track Of Upcoming New Album

Doom outfit The Skull (featuring ex-Trouble members Ron Holzner on bass and Eric Wagner on vocals, plus current/ex- members of Witch Mountain and Cathedral) premiere title track of their upcoming new album "The Endless Road Turns Dark", which will be out in stores September 7 on Tee Pee Records.

Check out now "The Endless Road Turns Dark" below.

Check out tour dates below: More...

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With The Dead Premieres New Music Video

With The Dead premieres its brand new music video for "Crown Of Burning Stars" from the group’s self-titled debut album, which comes out today via Rise Above Records. The band consists of former Cathedral vocalist Lee Dorrian and ex-Electric Wizard members Tim Bagshaw and Mark Greening.

You can now check out "Crown Of Burning Stars" below.

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Cathedral Posts 1991 Live Footage

On July 10th, Rise Above Records will re-issue the classic "In Memoriam" demo from Cathedral as an exclusive LP format. The CD/DVD version will be released July 24th and you can read our review right here.

Today a clip of live footage recorded in Groningen from 1991 of the song "All Your Sins" also comes online (this clip is taken from the DVD portion of the "In Memoriam" CD/DVD). The following press release was also issued about the coming re-issue:

"The first self-financed cassette recording by Cathedral - made available in October 1990 - was a pioneering underground masterpiece in its own right; the sound of a young band exploring its newfound chemistry, finding confident variations on a flawless list of influences and cultivating a sound and style that would prove hugely inspirational throughout the 1990s and beyond, being a major influence on everyone from Electric Wizard through to Reverend Bizarre. More...

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Cathedral Re-Issuing "In Memoriam"

Cathedral has a CD/DVD re-issue of "In Memoriam" coming out on June 29th via Rise Above Records. The following press release was also issued by the label:

"As with a choice few truly great bands, the first self-financed cassette recording by Cathedral - made available in October 1990 - was a pioneering underground masterpiece in its own right; the sound of a young band exploring its newfound chemistry, finding confident variations on a flawless list of influences and cultivating a sound and style that would prove hugely inspirational throughout the 1990s and beyond, being a major influence on everyone from Electric Wizard through to Reverend Bizarre.

"Where most demos are little more than a dry run for the first album, 'In Memoriam' still has its own distinct and important identity in the Cathedral canon. The debut LP that followed, 'Forest Of Equilibrium,' has a somber, devout, melodic and mystical grandeur all of its own - but 'In Memoriam' has a far murkier, earthier, more deathly intent. Creepy, cryptic and bowel-looseningly heavy, it represents the first time that the doom metal stylings of Trouble, Saint Vitus, Pentagram and Witchfinder General had been rendered in a new, more extreme metallic form.

"At the beginning of the new decade, it was really only Cathedral who were proud to assert the influence of true doom metal - a perennially unfashionable genre, but especially in a turn-of-the-decade metal scene so obsessed with speed, technicality, brutality and modernity.

"Now the former members of Cathedral have moved on and continue their musical ventures. Garry 'Gaz' Jennings released the debut from his new band Death Penalty last year and now plays as part of the band Lucifer. Also expected soon is a release from With The Dead featuring Lee Dorrian and original Electric Wizard Members Mark Greening and Tim Bagshaw." More...

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Cathedral Posts New Music Video Online

British doom metal legends Cathedral have posted their new music video online for the song, "Tower Of Silence." You can check it out below.

The clip is being touted as their last ever official video, fitting in with the band's plans for the new album, "The Last Spire," to be their last record. "The Last Spire" will hit the shelves on April 29th in Europe, with a North American release date of April 30th to follow, both through frontman, Lee Dorrian's own label, Rise Above Records. More...

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Cathedral Posts New Song Online

British doom metal veterans Cathedral has posted a new song online from their forthcoming new, and final album, "The Last Spire." You can check out the new song, "Tower of Silence" below. "The Last Spire" will be released through frontman Lee Dorrian's label, Rise Above Records on April 29th in Europe, with a North American release date of April 30th to follow. The tracklisting for the album is as follows:

"Entrance To Hell"
"Cathedral Of The Damned"
"Tower Of Silence"
"Infestation Of Grey Death"
"An Observation"
"The Last Laugh"
"This Body, Thy Tomb" More...

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Cathedral Reveals Album Details

British doom legends Cathedral will release their final studio album, "The Last Spire", on April 29 via Rise Above Records. Produced by Lee Dorrian and Garry Jennings, with assistance from Jaime Gomez Arellano, the CD will feature the following track listing:

01. Entrance To Hell
02. Pallbearer
03. Cathedral Of The Damned
04. Tower Of Silence
05. Infestation Of Grey Death
06. An Observation
07. The Last Laugh
08. This Body, Thy Tomb More...

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Cathedral Streaming New Song

U.K. mainstays and international cult act Cathedral has released the band's first new recorded material in three years via Decibel Magazine's subscriber-only Decibel Flexi Series.

The song, "Vengeance of the Blind Dead," can be heard in the flexi included in this month's issue, which hits newsstands tomorrow. The track is also streaming on Decibel's SoundCloud page right here.

Additionally, Cathedral will be the featured cover story for Decibel Magazine's May issue, on newsstands in April. The feature will highlight the band's storied career, as well as discuss final studio release, "The Last Spire." More info on "The Last Spire," including cover art and music will be available shortly. The album is scheduled for worldwide release this April/May. More...

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Cathedral Reveals "The Last Spire" Details

Cathedral has announced the band's final album is to be titled "The Last Spire" and is currently scheduled for release in April, 2013. A new music video is also coming soon. The band comments:

"Yes, Cathedral are currently putting the finishing touches to what will be the last ever album from these British Doom legends. Produced by Lee Dorrian and Garry Jennings, with assistance from Jaime Gomez Arellano, The Last Spire is scheduled for an April 20013 release via Rise Above Records."

The track listing is:

01. Entrance to Hell
02. Pallbearer
03. Cathedral of the Damned
04. Tower of Silence
05. Infestation of Grey Death
06. An Observation
07. This Body, Thy Tomb.

The non-album track "Vengeance of the Blind Dead" will appear as a flexi disc on the front cover of Decibel magazine in the upcoming March issue (on sale February 7th).

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Cathedral Reveals Details Of Final Album

Frontman Lee Dorrian recently revealed in an interview some details about the group's swansong album, "The Last Spire," which will mark the final chapter for Cathedral in 2012. Some excerpts follow below:

“We’re planning to begin recording in April. We want it out next year, because as of next year the band will be no more. We’re working on material at the moment. When we get back from Australia we’ll have a good, solid month to fine-tune the songs. We’ll hopefully have it released in September/October of 2012. I’m going to see our artist Dave Patchett this weekend - he does all our album covers – and just sit with him and go through all of the concepts for the album cover. Musically, I would say 'The Guessing Game' was more of a summarisation of everything we had done. 'The Last Spire' is more like our final stamp really. I think it’ll be a lot heavier and more doom-influenced than anything else we’ve done in recent years. But there will also be keyboards, and hopefully it’ll be a really progressive doom record. I don’t want to give away too much, but it’ll probably be a little heavier. We’ll be much more hands-on with the production. This is our last one, so we want to go out with a bang and pretty much do it ourselves because we can."

To read the full interview, go here.

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Cathedral Streaming New Track

U.K. doom metal legends Cathedral are streaming the new track "Sabbadaius Sabbatum," which is a b-side from the B-Side to forthcoming limited edition vinyl only 12" single "A New Ice Age" released via Rise Above Records.

Special Editions of this release will only be available exclusively from the band's Farewell show at London's Kentish Town Forum on Saturday Dec 3rd 2011. Special editions are limited to 100 copies white vinyl and 200 copies transparent blue, both of which include an A2 art poster by Dave Patchett.

Check out the song here:

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More Bands Confirmed For Soundwave Festival 2012

Although it wasn't expected until December, the organizers of Australia's Soundwave Festival have made their second band announcement. Joining the 60 bands already announced are Staind, Wednesday 13, Unearth, Cathedral, Shadows Fall, Heaven Shall Burn, Your Demise, Kittie, and 14 other (mostly non-metal) bands.

Hole has pulled out of the festival after frontwoman Courtney Love refused to play before Limp Bizkit. Soundwave boss AJ Maddah said on Twitter that he was "relieved we got the moody old cow off the bill. [There’s] no point talking her back, only for her to cancel later, or turn up & act like a rotten twat to other artists, fans, etc."

A third announcement in early December will add another five bands to the lineup, and Danzig is one of the confirmed possibilities. More...

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Cathedral To Release Two CD Live Album

In conjunction with Rise Above Records, Metal Blade will be releasing the double-disc live album "Anniversary" from UK mainstays and international cult act CATHEDRAL. Set for release on Monday, November 21st in North America, "Anniversary" captures CATHEDRAL in all their raw and live glory and marks the first official live album to be ever released by the doom metal legends. Recorded live in London, 2010, Disc 1 features "Forest of Equilibrium" in its entirety, delivered impeccably by the original lineup of Lee Dorrian on vocals, Garry Jennings and Adam Lehan on guitar, Mark Griffiths on bass and Mike Smail on drums. Disc 2 is a greatest hits set courtesy of the long lasting lineup featuring Leo Smee (bass) and Brian Dixon (drums) alongside Dorrian and Jennings. More...

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Maryland Death Fest IX Day One

I’ve only heard half-remembered memories about this festival. I really had no idea what to expect about the stage lay-out, the area of town, the people, or the bar situation. As I walked down the hill to Sonar, I gradually saw the small bunch of metalheads walking in to see the first band Witchaven. I entered the main hall and followed the crude, hand-written signs explaining where the stage was in the dark, labyrinthine building. Entering into the main room for the first time was like stepping into a metal dream; coming from the hot, sunny outdoors to a cold, pitch black massive room with seemingly no end and seeing an awesome band already in progress with ultra bright flashing lights interrupting your vision and furthering the illusion of this chamber. More...

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Cathedral Reveals New Album Title

British doom metal legends Cathedral have revealed the title for their forthcoming new, and final, studio album in a recent interview with The Quietus.com. The album will be entitled, "The Last Spire" and is expected to be released sometime this year. You can read some excerpts from the interview below.

Q: Did you feel you'd achieved all you could with Cathedral?

Dorrian: "Yes, way beyond what we ever thought we could achieve to be honest. For a start, when we first formed the band we seriously never saw beyond making a demo. What we were doing was purely out of love for our favorite doom metal bands, and they were so few and far between. To have had the opportunity to develop as a band and follow our own path has been nothing short of a miracle in the face of adversity. We had no plan, we just let it happen and we are utterly grateful to the people that have supported us, enabling it to come this far."

Q: What can you tell us about The Last Spire? Is it definitely the last album?

Dorrian: "Yes, The Last Spire will be our last album. I always said that if we make it to 10 albums it would be great. I can't tell you much about it yet, as we haven't started rehearsing for it."

Read the full article at TheQuietus.com.

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Maryland Deathfest To Go On At Sonar As Planned

The Maryland Deathfest organizers report that "Sonar will be re-opening before MDF, and technically they already have."

As previously reported, the venue of the Maryland Deathfest was up in the air when Baltimore's Sonar nightclub failed to renew their liquor license and closed its doors.

The organizers futher commented: "These last couple of days have been incredibly confusing and stressful, but we are currently back to the regularly scheduled program. And don't worry, beyond plan B is a plan C, because that's how we roll. See you in a couple of weeks."

As such, the set times that were previously announced should now hold.

Here's the updated flier: More...

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Maryland Deathfest 2011 To Change Venues

The ninth annual Maryland Deathfest has announced the final lineup and set times for the event. However, not long after announcing these details came word that the Baltimore venue, Sonar, unexpectedly closed its doors today. The festival organizers claim to have a backup plan that should involve little to no inconvenience to ticket holders (even those coming from out of town) and will be releasng more details soon.

Until then, the announced lineup and set times are as follows:

Thursday, May 26th
Entrance opens at 4 pm

WITCHAVEN - 4:45 - 5:15
SHITSTORM - 5:30 - 5:55
NOISEAR - 6:10 - 6:40
MIASMAL - 6:55 - 7:30
LACK OF INTEREST - 7:45 - 8:20
FLESH PARADE - 8:35 - 9:10
EXTORTION - 9:25 - 10:00
BUZZOV*EN - 10:15 - 11:00
TRAGEDY - 11:15 - 12:00
CATHEDRAL - 12:15 - end More...

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Three More Bands Confirmed For Brutal Assault 2011

The organisers of the Czech Republic's Brutal Assault festival has announced a further three confirmations for this year's event. Newly added to the bill are Scottish hardcore punk/crossover thrash legends The Exploited, Bay Area thrash veterans Forbidden and American mathcore outfit The Dillinger Escape Plan. The festival will take place from August 11th-13th in Josefov, Czech Republic.

The lineup is as follows: More...

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Cathedral Announces Plans To Retire

British doom/stoner metal legends Cathedral has announced that they will be calling it a day after a twenty one year long career. The band will make their exit from the live arena at the end of this year and plan to record one final studio album to be released in 2012.

According to vocalist Lee Dorrian: "It's simply time for us to bow out. Twenty-one years is a very long time and it's almost a miracle that we managed to come this far! We've had a great time during Cathedral's existence and it has literally been our life. It's just time to move on and leave our recorded legacy to linger.

"Our latest album The Guessing Game is exactly where we wanted to be after all this time. Staying in one place, being repetitive and predictable is something we wanted to avoid right from the off. More...

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Final Line-Up Confirmed For Maryland Deathfest

The final line-up of days and bands has been confirmed for the 2011 edition of the Maryland Deathfest. The 2011 edition of Maryland Deathfest will take place between May 26th to May 29th at Sonar in Baltimore.

Thursday, May 26th:

Friday, May 27th:

Saturday, May 28th:

Sunday, May 29th:

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