Cathedral Single-Handedly Revitalised A Moribund Genre….
Cathedral are a British metal institution and their brand of achingly brutal doom was perfected on their astonishing debut; an album that shook doom metal’s foundations with its monolithic waves of dense, earth-shattering sound and put UK doom firmly back on the map.
Folky, morose and defiantly British, Lee Dorrian and Cathedral took Black Sabbath’s blueprint and slowed…everything…down…to…a…lumbering…crawl. With one foot firmly in the shallow grave of 70’s doom forefathers Pentagram, Bedemon, Necromandus and the aforementioned Sabbath, each colossal track on Forest Of Equilibrium opened new doors for doom and stoner rock to pass through.
From the stoner-grooves of “Soul Sacrifice” to the acoustic strum followed by plodding doom metal murkiness of the stunning “Picture of Beauty & Innocence (Intro)/Commiserating the Celebration” and the equally foreboding “A Funeral Request“, Forest Of Equilibrium remains a monolithically dark experience that has stood the test of time and cemented Cathedral’s place at the forefront of doom metal on release.
Sadly disbanded, perhaps Cathedral will one day reform and revive their doom metal past; they are sorely missed.