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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.

"We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to those special people who have supported Cathedral over the years. It may sound like a cliché but it's certainly true - we simply wouldn't have been able to do it without you, thanks!"

The band released their most recent album, "The Guessing Game" last year, which marked their first release since 2006's, "The Garden Of Unearthly Delights" and was the group's first two disc record. The band also have many live shows planned for this year, including shows in Japan, an appearance at the Maryland Deathfest and a farewell show in the English capital city of London.

The band was formed in 1989 by vocalist Lee Dorrian after he left British grindcore pioneers Napalm Death, along with former Acid Reign guitarist Garry "Gaz" Jennings and Carcass roadie Mark "Griff" Griffiths. Cathedral garnered widespread acclaim for their debut album, "Forest Of Equilibrium," which was released through Earache Records in 1990. For more information on the band, you can check out our feature on them in the Sunday Old School archives.

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1. Diamond Oz writes:

I'll definitely have to get to that London show. I love Cathedral and I'm sad to see this.

# Feb 6, 2011 @ 4:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. zMETALlica writes:

this sucks :( great band.

# Feb 6, 2011 @ 5:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Bruce writes:

They will be missed

# Feb 6, 2011 @ 10:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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Holy sh**! No!

No way!

f***, I'm gonna have to catch their last show. I was at High Voltage last year, they were there but I was foolish enough to miss them! Aaaargh!

A beautiful band, Cathedral are ace and will be missed.

:-(

Least one of 'em ain't died.

\m/ -- \m/

# Feb 7, 2011 @ 11:59 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Blindgreed1 writes:

I wish it wasn't true, but I have to say i'm not surprised. They've been around for a long time now. They've had a good run and it's better to end on a high note (pardon the pun).

# Feb 7, 2011 @ 5:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. N. Osse writes:

Sad To Lose A Great Band, Lee Is A Legend.

# Feb 7, 2011 @ 6:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. deathfreak writes:

that sucks i never got to see them

# Feb 7, 2011 @ 7:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Zontar The Munificent writes:

I know its been said, but this really does SUCK!!!

I thought CATHEDRAL would continue to explore the new, sonic path which 'The Guessing Game' introduced, despite the fact that the album is a kind of hit & miss experience: not all of it is good - some songs are outright painful to listen to - yet most of it is fantastic!

One more album eh? Maybe they'll come 'round full circle and do something like 'Forest of Equilibrium', which would be crushing.

Still, what a bummer...

# Feb 9, 2011 @ 3:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Armageddon writes:

damn.....damn

# Feb 10, 2011 @ 1:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. HE HE HE HE writes:

I thought they retired 10 years ago

# Feb 16, 2011 @ 6:23 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. saxon83 writes:

One of my faves, lots of people don't get them. Sad to see it , but lots of good music to remember them by. Doom on. . .

# Feb 25, 2011 @ 9:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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