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After leaving Napalm Death, Lee Dorrian formed Cathedral. From the ultra fast, to the ultra slow. Cathedral's first effort "Forest of equilibrium", it's 100%doom metal. All the songs are ultra slow, deppressive and, honestly, you should have a patient ear or twisted mind =) to listen to the whole album. The same goes for Napalm Death's first releases (in both cases, you0re in the edges of extremity, whether if it's slow or fast). In "The Ethereal Mirror", Cathedral's second release, the thing is a bit different. First of all, a proper sound, much better than "Forest...", and more diversity in the music, makes this album more "listeneable". Well, everything is a matter of tastes, that's for sure. I found T.M.E. more rich and diverse. There are different speeds and tempos. Of course, when you talk about "speed" and "tempos", I'm talking about more of "fast mid-tempos", than fast songs, because Cathedral manages to create a heavy, punishing and dense atmospheres, and never speeds up like a death metal band. And the sound plays an important role, helping in the creation of these backgrounds, filled with 70's looks, using in the titles words such as "luxuria", "phantasmagoria", "funeral", ashes", etc, plus Dorrian's deppressing voices, you have a final product that stands out for its DARKNESS and BIZARRE atmpospheres, which are Cathedral's trademark.
"Ride", "Midnight mountain" and "Grim Luxuria" are Cathedral's classics, and perfect examples of the band's talent. From song 1 to 6 you have diversity, like the songs mentioned above, quite different from their debut "Forest...". But from 7 to 10 you have the ultra slow and dense songs more likely to "Forest...", with different changes of rhythms and longer than 7 minutes aprox. Personally, "Phantasmagoria" is my favorite.
And the bonus material is great. "Sky lifter", a fast heavy but rockin instrumental, faster than any other Cathedral song, with lots of changes of rhythm. Totally worthy! And the '93 version of "A funeral request" is much better, and a little bit faster than "Forest..." version...
Overall, a great release from Cathedral's doomsters. Heavy, doomy, bizzare, but diverse. Not ultra fast, but equal extreme...totally worth the buy, even if you're not a doom metal fan!!!!!