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Cathedral

Formed: 1989
From: Coventry, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

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 Gates of Slumber to Tour with Cathedral

Doom-sters The Gates of Slumber have announced via their MySpace Blog that they will be supporting British doom outfit Cathedral on tour. While details are sparse, the tour has 11 scheduled dates in Europe thus far and presumably it will happen in November, although no exact month is actually listed in the announcement.

More details are hopefully forthcoming, but you can always check out the goings-on for The Gates of Slumber and Cathedral on their MySpace pages.

Cathedral/The Gates of Slumber European Tour Dates:
NOV 07 KÖLN - UNDERGROUND
NOV 08 STUTTGART - DIE RÖHRE
NOV 09 VIENNA - SZENE
NOV 11 PRATTELN - Z7
NOV 12 MÜNCHEN - BACKSTAGE
NOV 13 PINARELLA di CERVIA - ROCK PLANET
NOV 14 ROME - INIT CLUB
NOV 17 MADRID - HEINEKEN
NOV 18 BARCELONA - RAZZMATAZZ 2
NOV 19 BELFORT - LA POUDERIE
NOV 20 PARIS - LA NOUVEAU CASINO

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Cathedral Announces European Headlining Tour

Iconic British doom metal act Cathedral have released details in regards to the band's upcoming headline tour of Europe. The tour kicks off on November 7th, 2010 in Koln, Germany and runs until November 20th ending in Paris, France.

Cathedral European tour dates:
Nov. 07 - Koln, Germany - Underground
Nov. 08 - Stuttgart, Germany - Die Rohre
Nov. 09 - Vienna, Austria - Szene
Nov. 11 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
Nov. 12 - Munchen, Germany - Backstage
Nov. 13 - Pinarella Di Cervia, Italy - Rock Planet
Nov. 14 - Rome, Italy - Init Club
Nov. 17 - Madrid, Spain - Heineken
Nov. 18 - Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz 2
Nov. 19 - Belfort, France - La Pouderie
Nov. 20 - Paris, France - La Nouveau Casino

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More Bands Confirmed For High Voltage Festival

The organisers of Britain's High Voltage festival has announced three more bands for this year's edition of the event. British heavy metal legends Saxon will be performing on the Metal Hammer stage, along with the other two new confirmations, British doom metal veterans Cathedral and Swedish power metal outfit Hammerfall. The festival is scheduled for July 24th - 25th at Victoria Park in London.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Cathedral Posts New Album Teaser Online

British doom metal legends Cathedral has posted a new video online which gives the listener a taste of what's to come from their forthcoming new studio album, "The Guessing Game." You can check it out below. The album is scheduled to be released on March 26th in Europe, though fans in the United Kingdom will have to wait a few days until March 29th and on April 20th in North America. It is also the first double album in the history of the band. More...

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Cathedral Posts New Song Online

British doom metal legends Cathedral has posted a new song online entitled, "Edwige's Eye." You can check it out by heading to the bands official Myspace page. The song comes from the band's forthcoming new double album, "The Guessing Game" which will be released in Europe on March 26th, with a North American release of April 20th to follow.

The tracklisting for the album is as follows:

1. Immaculate Misconception
2. Funeral Of Dreams
3. Painting In The Dark
4. Death Of An Anarchist
5. The Guessing Game
6. Edwige's Eyes
7. One Dimensional People
8. Casket Chasers
9. La Noche Del Buque Maldito (aka Ghost Ship Of The Blind Dead)
10. The Running Man
11. Requiem For The Voices
12. Journeys Into Jade

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Cathedral Announces U.K. Tour

British doom metal legends Cathedral has announced that they will be heading out on a headlining tour of the United Kingdom next month, in support of their new studio album, "The Guessing Game" which will be released on March 26th in Europe and April 20th in North America. Supporting them on the tour will be Japanese doom metal outfit Church Of Misery and American band The Gates Of Slumber.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Church Of Misery Announces U.K. Tour Dates

Japanese doom metallers Church of Misery have announced they will be embarking on a short U.K. tour alongside Cathedral and Gates of Slumber. After the tour the band's guitarist Tom Sutton will also be parting ways with the band. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

4/26 : Manchester Academy 3/ England
4/27 : Dublin The Village / Ireland
4/28 : Belfast Limelight / N.Ireland
4/29 : London ULU / England
4/30 : Glasgow King Tut's / Scotland
5/01 : Birmingham Academy 2 / England

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Cathedral Reveals New Album Release Date

British doom metal legends Cathedral has announced that they will be releasing their new studio album, "The Guessing Game" on March 26th through Nuclear Blast Records. The record was produced by Warren Riker and the artwork was done by long-time colloborator Dave Patchett. You can check it out below.

The tracklisting is as follows:

1. Immaculate Misconception
2. Funeral Of Dreams
3. Painting In The Dark
4. Death Of An Anarchist
5. The Guessing Game
6. Edwige's Eyes
7. One Dimensional People
8. Casket Chasers
9. La Noche Del Buque Maldito (aka Ghost Ship Of The Blind Dead)
10. The Running Man
11. Requiem For The Voices
12. Journeys Into Jade More...

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Sunday Old School: Cathedral

A few weeks ago, we took a look at British grindcore legends Napalm Death and saw that several bands related to them have become legends in their own right. This week we take a look at one of these bands, in the form of Lee Dorrian's legendary doom metal outfit Cathedral. Cathedral were formed in Coventry, in the Midlands area of England in 1989 but had already earned a degree of underground fame as the bands lead vocalist Lee Dorrian had been the singer of Napalm Death beforehand and guitarist Garry Jennings was previously a member of British thrash metal outfit Acid Reign, who had reached the number ten spot on the U.K. Indie album charts with their debut album, "The Fear." The band were much different from their associated acts and were more inspired from the slower metal bands such as The Obsessed and Black Sabbath than Motorhead and Kreator. After recruiting bass player Mark Griffiths (a Carcass roadie) and drummer Mike Smail, the band recorded their first album, "Forest Of Equilibrium" which is now regarded as a classic in the genre of doom metal. The album featured extremely slow and long songs, which took fans of the British underground scene by complete surprise at the time and left the band with a mixed reception when they performed shows with the likes of Entombed, Carcass and Confessor.

The band followed this impressive debut with "The Ethereal Mirror" (which had a number of working titles including "Decadence and Journey Into Jade) in 1993 and once again received critical acclaim, with some media refering to the band as "the next big thing in metal." The album also saw the band experiment more with their sound, fusing a stoner rock influence with their doom laden grind. The album also produced two music videos in the shape of "Ride" and "Midnight Mountain" which received some negative feedback from fans as they were quite light hearted in nature. The band took on two new members after this release, with bass player Leo Smee and drummer Brian Dixon and released yet another outstanding album on September 26th 1995 in the form of "The Carnival Bizzare." The album featured the song, "Hopkins (Witchfinder General)" which has become one of the bands best known songs and a staple of their live set. The song also received a music video that included clips from the Vincent Price movie "Witchfinder General" as well as the band performing in a tongue in cheek fasion. The album also boasted a guest guitar solo from Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi on the song, "Utopian Blaster."

Cathedral have continued to tour the world and record albums ever since and have cemented their place as true legends in the field of doom and stoner metal by releasing more well received albums such as "Caravan Beyond Redemption" and "The VIIth Coming." Fans of the band are expecting 2010 to be another great year for Cathedral when they release a new studio album entitled, "The Guessing Game" in March, which likely include a world tour to help promote the record. Doom on! More...

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Cathedral Reveals New Album Details

After keeping a relatively low profile, British doom metal legends Cathedral have announced that they will be entering the studio next month to record a brand new album, with a release date scheduled around the March/April mark of next year through Nuclear Blast Records. The album is entitled, "The Guessing Game" and will be the bands ninth studio album. Some of the song titles set to appear on the album include, "Open Mind Surgery," "The Casket Chasers," "Journeys Into Jade," "Death Of An Anarchist," "La Noche Del Buque Maldito (aka Ghost Ship Of The Blind Dead)" and "Funeral Of Dreams." The artwork for the album will be done by Dave Patchett, who has worked with Cathedral several times before. Stay tuned for further updates.

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Cathedral To Reissue "The Ethereal Mirror"

Earache Records has issued the following statement about re-issuing "The Ethereal Mirror" by Cathedral as a limited edition CD with a bonus DVD:

"Ethereal Mirror was almost as drastic a departure from Cathedrals slow and meloncholic doom drenched debut, "Forest Of Equilibrium", as was Lee Dorrain fronting Cathedral after playing in Napalm Death!

"Featuring fan favourites and MTV video hits "Midnight Mountain" and "Ride" this album ushered in the Cathedral we know and recognise today with their doomy sabbathesque riffs mixed with more groove laden rock!

"With a Bonus disc capturing the end of Cathedral's proper DOOM period otherwise known as the ‘Statik Majik’ EP which despite only being 3 tracks long has a total running time of 35 mins! And a 40 minute DVD documentary that chronicals the development of the band and the subsequent success of ‘The Ethereal Mirror’ which led to a major label deal with Columbia Records as well as an interview with long time artwork collaborator Dave Patchett we are proud to deliver yet another great value package."

The track listing will be as follows: More...

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Lacuna Coil Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2009

Italian gothic metal act Lacuna Coil are the latest band to be confirmed for Germany's Wacken Open Air festival. The festival is sold out and will take place between July 30th- August 1st.

The lineup for Wacken is now as follows: AMON AMARTH, BORKNAGAR, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, CALLEJON, CATHEDRAL, DRAGONFORCE, EINHERJER, EPICA, GWAR, HAMMERFALL, HEAVEN AND HELL, IN EXTREMO, IN FLAMES, KAMPFAR, KINGDOM OF SORROW, KORPIKLAANI, LACUNA COIL, MACHINE HEAD, MOTÖRHEAD, NAPALM DEATH, NEVERMORE, AXEL RUDI PELL, SARKE, TESTAMENT, TRISTANIA, TURISAS, WALLS OF JERICHO, WHIPLASH

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Whiplash Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

Reunited American thrash metallers Whiplash are the latest act to be confirmed for Germany's infamous Wacken festival. The festival has already sold out and will be taking place between July 30th and August 1st.

The lineup is now as follows:

AMON AMARTH
BORKNAGAR
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
CALLEJON
CATHEDRAL
DRAGONFORCE
EINHERJER
EPICA
GWAR
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
IN FLAMES
KAMPFAR
KINGDOM OF SORROW
KORPIKLAANI
MACHINE HEAD
MOTORHEAD
NAPALM DEATH
NEVERMORE
AXEL RUDI PELL
TESTAMENT
TRISTANIA
VOLBEAT
WALLS OF JERICHO
WHIPLASH

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Kingdom Of Sorrow Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

Kingdom Of Sorrow, the metal supergroup featuring Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta and Crowbar/Down guitarist Kirk Windstein, has been confirmed for Germany's famous Wacken Open Air. The festival organisers has announced that the festival is now sold out.

The lineup for Wacken Open Air is as follows:

AMON AMARTH
CALLEJON
CATHEDRAL
EINHERJER
EPICA
GWAR
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
IN FLAMES
KAMPFAR
KINGDOM OF SORROW
KORPIKLAANI
MACHINE HEAD
MOTORHEAD
NAPALM DEATH
NEVERMORE
AXEL RUDI PELL
TRISTANIA
VOLBEAT
WALLS OF JERICHO

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Motorhead Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2009

Rock legends Motorhead are the latest band to be confirmed for Germany's most famous heavy metal festival, Wacken Open Air.

The lineup is now as follows:

AMON AMARTH
CALLEJON
CATHEDRAL
EINHERJER
EPICA
GWAR
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
IN FLAMES
KAMPFAR
KORPIKLAANI
MACHINE HEAD
MOTORHEAD
NAPALM DEATH
NEVERMORE
AXEL RUDI PELL
TRISTANIA
VOLBEAT
WALLS OF JERICHO

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Bullet For My Valentine Added To Wacken Open Air

Bullet For My Valentine has been announced as the latest addition to the infamous Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany. The event takes place from July 30th- August 1st next year.

The lineup for Wacken Open Air is as follows:

AMON AMARTH
CALLEJON
CATHEDRAL
EINHERJER
EPICA
GWAR
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
IN FLAMES
KAMPFAR
KORPIKLAANI
MACHINE HEAD
NAPALM DEATH
NEVERMORE
AXEL RUDI PELL
TRISTANIA
VOLBEAT
WALLS OF JERICHO

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Volbeat Added To Wacken Open Air

Danish rock band Volbeat has been confirmed to perform at Germany's infamous, Wacken Open Air festival. The event takes place from July 30th- August 1st next year.

The lineup for Wacken Open Air is as follows:

AMON AMARTH
CALLEJON
CATHEDRAL
EINHERJER
EPICA
GWAR
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
IN FLAMES
KAMPFAR
KORPIKLAANI
MACHINE HEAD
NAPALM DEATH
NEVERMORE
AXEL RUDI PELL
TRISTANIA
WALLS OF JERICHO

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Napalm Death Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2009

Godfathers of grindcore, Napalm Death are the latest act to be confirmed for the infamous Wacken Open Air festival in Germany next year. The lineup for the festival so far is as follows:

AMON AMARTH
CALLEJON
CATHEDRAL
EINHERJER
EPICA
GWAR
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
IN FLAMES
KAMPFAR
KORPIKLAANI
MACHINE HEAD
NAPALM DEATH
NEVERMORE
AXEL RUDI PELL
TRISTANIA
WALLS OF JERICHO

Tickets include:

- free parking (for any vehicle like car, motorbike, camper van or caravan)
- free camping - right next to the vehicle for the W:O:A feeling (if the weather conditions are good enough).
- like always there are no limits as to how many drinks or how much food you may take to the parking and camping grounds
- only lawn, direct paths to the festival grounds (if the weather conditions are good enough)
- shuttle to the Wacken and Schenefeld swimming pools.
- rubbish will be collected and disposed of free of charge by us - no fee for you
- festival stickers
- free CD
- diverse top quality surprises = Full Metal Bag
- and much more......

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Opeth Added To The UK's Hammerfest

Opeth has been announced as the headlining act for the first day of Hammerfest which takes place in Pontins, Prestatyn Sands, Wales on April 24th and 25th. The headliner on the second day will be Bullet For My Valentine. The festival promises a treat for fans of every genre of metal with the following bands confirmed:

Alestorm
Annotations Of An Autopsy
Bullet For My Valentine
Cathedral
Dream Evil
Evile
Exit Ten
Grand Magus
Hammerfall
Opeth
Sabbat
Saxon
Skindred
Trigger The Bloodshed
Tyr

Plus 35 more bands to be announced.

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First Bands Announced For U.K.'s Hammerfest

Hammerfest, which is to be held in Pontins, Prestatyn Sands, North Wales on April 24th - 25th has announced their first batch of acts. The first bands confirmed for the festival are Saxon, Skindred, Cathedral, Bullet For My Valentine, Hammerfall, Sabbat, Dream Evil, Trigger The Bloodshed, Alestorm, Tyr, Exit Ten, Annotations Of An Autopsy and Grand Magus. More bands and details will be announced shortly.

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