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Cathedral - The Guessing Game

Ronnie Kerswell
Ronnie Kerswell 15 March 2010 at 13.00

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The latest addition to a procession of classic albums

Undoubtedly one of the UK’s most pioneering outfits, Cathedral have been combining elements of psyche and prog with a heavy dose of doom to craft their unique sonic brew for almost 20 years now. As a result, albums such as ‘Forest Of Equilibrium’ and ‘The Ethereal Mirror’, two of their earliest releases, still sound as fresh as when they were first released. ‘The Guessing Game’ is the latest addition to a procession of classic albums as, loaded with contemporary and innovative sonic ideas and thought-provoking lyrics, this collection of timeless tracks could quite easily span the decades. ‘Edwige’s Eyes’ is a tar-thick churn of hefty bass, coupled with heavy-handed drumming, while ‘Painting In The Dark’ (as introduced by a nan) features one hell of a groove that’ll certainly see some hair-whipping action when blasted out live. The epic ‘Funeral Of Dreams’ is one of the album’s highlights: it’ll take you on a journey from pounding heavy rock opening bars, through psychedelic interludes peppered with church bells, background chanting and retro-folk (with additional vocals from Mellow Candlel’s Alison O’Donnell), then back again. An altogether cinematic experience that could easily be the soundtrack to The Wicker Man (the 1973 version), ‘The Guessing Game’ is awesome.

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