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1) Doom metal band from Coventry, England. The group was formed in 1989 by Lee Dorrian (formerly vocalist of Napalm Death), Mark ‘Griff’ Griffiths (a Carcass roadie) and Gary ‘Gaz’ Jennings (previously a member of UK thrashers Acid Reign). The band 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, though the band would later add psychedelic and progressive rock influences and play in a more uptempo and groove-oriented fashion.

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.

The band began to wind down their live performances in 2012. Shortly after, it was announced they would be splitting up after the release of “The Last Spire” (2013).


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  • krzesay

    the last spire hits me like hell. doom at its finest

    30 May 8:36am Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Ślaska dla fanów Cathedral

    3 May 6:21pm Reply
  • jonowev

    Whoever tagged Cathedral as "stoner rock" should be shot [2] In all fairness though, the more kids that listen to Cathedral, the better.

    21 Apr 10:45pm Reply
  • acclamationsun

    Autumn Twilight is one of the best pagan metal songs that doesn't show up on the playlists

    19 Apr 5:42pm Reply
  • Panzerfaust

    7 Apr 8:06am Reply
  • TheArtofShred88

    Whoever tagged Cathedral as "stoner rock" should be shot

    7 Apr 12:15am Reply
  • metalkillthekin

    'Forest Of Equilibrium' one of the great doom metal albums ever!!!!!!!!

    2 Apr 1:44am Reply
  • WoLf_digger

    THXmille138, no way, black & white photos are better

    29 Mar 5:10pm Reply
  • THXmille138

    they not have the money for the colored photos :(

    20 Mar 6:34pm Reply
  • tsintskaro

    They played their last shows a couple of years back. The Last Spire is the final nail in the coffin.

    13 Feb 4:58pm Reply
  • ClassyMusicSnob

    I can't believe they just recorded their final album.... Such a great band. Haven't listened to them in years, but damn have I missed their music. Hopefully I can see them live before theyre gone forever.

    13 Jan 2:12am Reply
  • nnnienke

    Love it!

    12 Jan 10:22pm Reply
  • chlindh

    The Last Spires is great!

    26 Dec 2013 Reply
  • lucidfairytale

    Great final album! [3]

    10 Oct 2013 Reply
  • rockmetalrules

    I just discovered this band, and they're damn good!

    20 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Panzerfaust

    Forest Of Equilibrium is a great doom metal album [2]

    9 Aug 2013 Reply
  • rorberyllium

    What is their slowest/heaviest album?

    5 Aug 2013 Reply
  • edefakiel

    I was searching the 1978 band. :(

    28 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Christoph616

    Polish reviews of "The Last Spire" - here and "A New Ice Age" - here.

    21 Jun 2013 Reply
  • tricksterc

    Will miss 'em. I can remember seeing the video for Autumn Twilight on Headbanger's Ball like it was yesterday. Thank you Cathedral!

    18 May 2013 Reply
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