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Cathedral is a Doom Metal band from Coventry, England formed in 1989, and disbanded in 2013. They are credited with blending doom metal with the darker aesthetics of extreme metal, culminating in a very slow, very heavy sound with . In the mid-90s, they soon lightened up into a more groove-oriented, stoner rock sound. Frontman Lee Dorrian (Formerly of Napalm Death) has since gone on to form With the Dead with Tim Bagshaw and Mark Greening (both ex-Electric Wizard), which is roughly the spiritual successor.


  • Forest of Equilibrium - 1991
  • The Ethereal Mirror - 1993
  • The Carnival Bizarre - 1995
  • Supernatural Birth Machine - 1996
  • Caravan Beyond Redemption - 1998
  • Endtyme - 2001
  • The VIIth Coming - 2002
  • The Garden of Unearthly Delights - 2005
  • The Guessing Game - 2010
  • The Last Spire - 2013, is apparently their last album.

Cathedral provides the following trope examples:

  • Doom Metal: One of the more influential and popular bands of the genre.
  • Epic Rocking: Being a doom metal band, this is a given.
  • Genre Shift: Gradually shifted from very heavy Doom Metal with harsh vocals to a somewhat more upbeat, Psychedelic Rock-influenced Stoner Metal style. Their later material moved back towards their earlier sound with some Progressive Rock elements added in.
  • Harsh Vocals: In their earliest work only.
  • New Sound Album: The Ethereal Mirror is the first sign of more Stoner-influenced sound, with slightly faster tempos and cleaner vocals. Endtyme returned them to more straightforward Doom Metal territory, albeit with cleaner vocals. Later albums fall somewhere between the two extremes.
  • Word Salad Lyrics: Have fun figuring out just what the fuck Lee Dorrian is singing about half the time, especially on their earlier material.
  • Word Salad Title:
    • Many of their songs, such as "Kaleidoscope Of Desire", "Melancholy Emperor", "Cyclops Revolution" and "Utopian Blaster".
    • The album titles Supernatural Birth Machine & Caravan Beyond Redemption

Alternative Title(s): Cathedral