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Cathedral - The Garden Of Unearthly Delight - 2005 - Nuclear Blast

Track Listing
1. Death Ad 2005
2.Tree Of Life And Death
3.North Berwick Witch Trials
4.Upon Azreal's Wings
5.Corpsecyle
6.Fields Of Zagara
7.Oro The Manslayer
8.Beneath A Funeral Sun
9.The Garden
10. Hidden Track
Cathedral has long been my favorite band of the doom and stoner mold, as they've shifted between and blended both, but I wasn't really sure what to expect from this one. Their previous release VIIth coming really did little for me and is probably my 2nd least favorite Cathedral album after the slow, death/doom debut. "The VII Coming" overall just seemed disjointed and unmemorable, but I think maybe that album was just rushed, coming only a year after "Endytyme".

Now a few years after the release of VIIth this album shows Cathedral much more focused and taking things back a few steps towards their mid-era stoner material. This album isn't full on stoner rock though and comes across pretty damn dark and heavy. I suppose the closest comparison would be "The Carnival Bizarre's" Sabbath worship but at times "Caravan Beyond Redemption" style grooves and "Ethereal Mirror's" evil sounding weirdness creeps in. Really it is a mix of the best moments of their generally recognized glory era. To put it simply this album is full of heavy riffs, catchy grooves, and plenty of the dark/twisted atmosphere that Cathedral is best known for. From hard hitters like "Oro The Manslayer" and "The Tree Of Life & Death" to the heavy stoner grooves of "North Berwick Witch Trials" and "Corpsecyle" this album just suceeds in all forms. There should be something for fans of any era of the band really and the always inventive band adds their own touch to this one as well. Check out the creepy as fuck little girl chant in "Beneath A Funeral Sun" for some evil sounding shit and the constantly shapeshifting, 27 minute, "The Garden" for some guest female vocals and a pretty different Cathedral song.

In summation... this album destroys. This really has been the year for the darker metal bands to shine in my opinion. If Sabbath X100 on the heaviness and evil sounds good to you then you need this. Actually I'd recommend this to just about anyone who likes darker metal as this isn't your typical slow doom nor is it the standard fuzzy stoner band. This is just unique, heavy as hell asskicking.

Highlights: Beneath A Funeral Sun, North Berwick Witch Trials, Corpecyle, Oro The Manslayer
Rating - 4.5/5.0


--Stygian Steel 10.11.05
Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: CATHEDRAL
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The Garden Of Unearthly DelightsCathedral
2006
Ken Pierce1/18/2006
The Garden Of Unearthly DelightsCathedral
2005
Stygian Steel10/14/2005
The Guessing GameCathedral
2010
Eric Compton4/2/2010
VIIth ComingCathedral
2002
Eric Compton1/26/2003


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