It can’t be an easy thing for Cathedral to put the cap on their 20-plus-year career, either from a personal standpoint or musically. They covered such a wide swath in their time, from the landmark and influential doom of their Forest of Equilibrium debut in 1991 to the excursions into psychedelic rock that the latter part of that decade brought with Caravan Beyond Redemption and Supernatural Birth Machine. Not all that glittered was gold, but even up to 2010′s classically progressive The Guessing Game (review here), Cathedral never ceased to forge ahead stylistically, and given the grimness of the track names for The Last Spire – what will reportedly be their final studio outing — that will perhaps remain true until the end.
Notable that they’re issuing the release through frontman Lee Dorrian‘s own Rise Above Records. This will mark the first time Cathedral handled one of their own records, and I’m hard pressed to think of a better way to go out than completely on your own terms. Here’s the album info:
Cathedral – The Last Spire scheduled for release in April. New video coming soon.
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 2013 release via Rise Above Records. Tracklisting is as follows;
01. Entrance to Hell
03. Cathedral of the Damned
04. Tower of Silence
05. Infestation of Grey Death
06. An Observation
07. This Body, Thy Tomb.
Non-album track Vengeance of the Blind Dead will appear as a flexi disc on the front cover of Decibel magazine in their March issue (on sale February 7th).
The band also recently shot a fantastic promo for new track Tower of Silence,which will be available to view some time in January. The track will appear on an exclusive Rise Above Records CD sampler to be given away with Classic Rock Magazine towards the end of the same month.
In related news, Septic Tank, a band featuring Cathedral members Scott Carlson, Garry Jennings and Lee Dorrian will make their debut live appearance at The Garage, Highbury & Islington on Friday 3rd May.
They will be opening for Carlson’s legendary institution of grind, Repulsion, who will be make their debut headline UK performance. Special guests are Necrophagia. Tickets here.
Septic Tank will release a very limited vinyl only EP titled The Slaughter via MCR Records, Japan, to coincide with the show. They will have a limited number of colour copies on sale exclusively at the event.
Tracklisting as follows;
01. Fatal Eclipse
02. Forest of Bones
01. Gotesque Cavalry of Mankind
02. The Slaughter
Influences for Septic Tank range from Crucifix to Seige to Slaughter (Canada). More info soon.
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