Cathedral are a doom metal band from Coventry, England.The group forged a link between early doom metal and a 1990s extreme metal aesthetic, making doom slower and heavier. Their debut album, Forest of Equilibrium, is considered a classic of the genre.They later on changed their doom style, playing it in a more uptempo and groove-oriented fashion.
The band was founded in 1989 by Lee Dorrian (former singer of grindcore pioneers Napalm Death), Mark 'Griff' Griffiths (a Carcass roadie) and Garry 'Gaz' Jennings (formerly of thrash metal upstarts Acid Reign). At first they played very heavy and slow doom metal that was first released through Rise Above Records, vocalist Lee Dorrian's indie label, before signing to Earache. They later incorporated elements of progressive rock into their sound when the band signed to Columbia Records in the USA in 1992 (while still under contract with Earache U.K.). They were later dropped by Columbia Records in 1994. The band continued with Earache Records until 2000. Then signed to Dream Catcher Records for one lp and a tour. In 2004 Cathedral signed to their current label Nuclear Blast.
In 1989 Lee Dorrian left his former band Napalm Death mainly because he was getting sick of the punk scene and did not like the death metal direction Napalm Death was heading towards. Cathedral was formed after Lee Dorrian and Mark Griffiths met and discussed their love for doom bands like Candlemass, Dream Death, Pentagram, Trouble, and Witchfinder General.
The only original band members in the current line-up are Lee Dorrian and Garry 'Gaz' Jennings on guitars, although Jennings did once leave the band in their early history, only to rejoin shortly afterwards.
After no news from the band since they toured for The Garden of Unearthly Delights, they played their first show in two years at Damnation Festival 2008, in Leeds. They played a new song and have confirmed dates for 2009 including Hellfest.
On October 28th 2009, MetalUnderground.com revealed that the band were planning to enter the studio the next month to record a new album entitled, "The Guessing Game", which is set to be released around March/April 2010. Some of the song titles confirmed include, "Casket Chasers", "Journey's Into Jade", "La Noche Del Buque Maldito (aka Ghost Ship Of The Blind Dead)" and "Death Of An Anarchist."
On February 15th, Cathedral announced the full details on the new album The Guessing Game, which will be released on March 26th in Europe and April 20th in the U.S.A., via Nuclear Blast Records. The Guessing Game was met with mixed reviews upon its release. The album's more experimental sound, incorporating elements of psychedelia, prog and jazz along with the band's traditional doom metal underpinnings, made the record an unusual entry in the band's catalogue. One critic remarked, "the weirder, more psychedelic accoutrements may well be a turn-off to those looking for a more straightforward, balls-out doom record, and Dorrian’s tuneless singing, while perfectly fitting the overall character of the album, could be a sticking point with some folks," whilst also noting "this is undoubtedly an entertaining record, and the ambition displayed by expanding into more experimental material and including these Camel (band)/Gentle Giant-like psych/prog embellishments is laudible, even if their integration can be less organic than distracting at times".
* Lee Dorrian - Vocals
* Garry "Gaz" Jennings - Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Backing
Vocals and Drums
* Leo Smee - Bass
* Brian Dixon - Drums
* 1991: Forest of Equilibrium
* 1993: The Ethereal Mirror
* 1995: The Carnival Bizarre
* 1996: Supernatural Birth Machine
* 1998: Caravan Beyond Redemption
* 2001: Endtyme
* 2002: The VIIth Coming
* 2006: The Garden of Unearthly Delights
* 2010: The Guessing Game