Origin: England  
Genres: Doom Metal
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Cathedral

Cathedral was formed in 1989 by one-time Napalm Death vocalist Lee Dorrian and former Carcass roadie Mark Griffiths, the pair interested in starting a group in the mold of St. Vitus, Trouble, and other doom-laden bands. Their debut Forest Of Equilibrium, is unbearably slow doom, but things began to pick up on The Ethereal Mirror, and by the time of 1996's Supernatural Birth Machine a pronounced 70's/psychedelic influence had found its way into the Cathedral style. Over the course of some 24 years Cathedral established themselves as one of Britain's best doom bands. The band first announced a splitup in 2011, which became a reality after the release of The Last Spire in 2013. Dorrian owns and runs Rise Above Records, a small but respected British independent label specializing in all things doomy.

Last Lineup

Lee Dorrian

vocals (ex-Napalm Death, Teeth Of Lions Rule The Divine, With The Dead)

Gary Jennings

guitars (ex-Acid Reign, Death Penalty, ex-Lucifer)

Scott Carlson

bass (Repulsion)

Brian Dixon

drums (The Skull)

Former Members/Guests

Adam Lehan

guitars (ex-Acid Reign)

Mark Griffiths

bass (ex-Blackstar, ex-Year Zero)

Leo Smee

bass (ex-Firebird, ex-Trespass, With The Dead)

Mike Smail

drums (ex-Dream Death, ex-Internal Void, ex-Penance, ex-Pentagram, Under The Sun)

Mark Ramsey Wharton

drums (ex-Acid Reign, ex-Cronos)



Discography



Forest Of Equilibrium  
1991 Earache
  1. Picture Of Beauty & Innocence (Intro)-Commiserating The Celebration
  2. Ebony Tears
  3. Serpent Eve
  4. Soul Sacrifice
  5. Equilibrium
  6. A Funeral Request (Ethereal Architect)
  7. Reaching Happiness, Touching Pain
  • Lee Dorrian
  • Adam Lehan
  • Gary Jennings
  • Mark Griffiths
  • Mike Smail
1991 Readers' Album #24




Soul Sacrifice  EP
1992 Earache
  1. Soul Sacrifice
  2. Autumn Twilight
  3. Frozen Rapture
  4. Golden Blood
  • Lee Dorrian
  • Adam Lehan
  • Gary Jennings
  • Mark Griffiths
  • Mark Ramsey Wharton
1992 Readers' Album #45




The Ethereal Mirror  
1993 Earache
  1. Violent Vortex (Intro)
  2. Ride
  3. Enter The Worms
  4. Midnight Mountain
  5. Fountain Of Innocence
  6. Grim Luxuria
  7. Jaded Entity
  8. Ashes You Leave
  9. Phantasmagoria
  • Lee Dorrian
  • Adam Lehan
  • Gary Jennings
  • Mark Ramsey Wharton
1993 Readers' Album #25




Statik Majik  EP
1994 Earache
  1. Midnight Mountain
  2. Hypnos 164
  3. Cosmic Funeral
  4. The Voyage Of The Homeless Sapien
  • Lee Dorrian
  • Adam Lehan
  • Gary Jennings
  • Mark Ramsey Wharton



Cosmic Requiem  EP
1994 Earache
  1. Cosmic Funeral
  2. Hypnos 164
  3. A Funeral Request - Rebirth
  4. The Voyage Of The Homeless Sapien
  • Lee Dorrian
  • Adam Lehan
  • Gary Jennings
  • Mark Ramsey Wharton



The Carnival Bizarre  
1995 Earache
  1. Vampire Sun
  2. Hopkins (The Witchfinder General)
  3. Utopian Blaster
  4. Night Of The Seagulls
  5. Carnival Bizarre
  6. Inertia's Cave
  7. Fangalactic Supergoria
  8. Blue Light
  9. Palace Of Fallen Majesty
  10. Electric Grave
  • Lee Dorrian
  • Gary Jennings
  • Leo Smee
  • Brian Dixon



Hopkins  EP
1995 Earache
  1. Hopkins (The Witchfinder General)
  2. Fire
  3. Copper Sunset
  4. Purple Wonderland
  5. The Devils Summit
  • Lee Dorrian
  • Gary Jennings
  • Leo Smee
  • Brian Dixon
1995 Readers' Album #25




Supernatural Birth Machine  
1996 Earache
  1. Cybertron 71/Eternal Countdown (Intro)
  2. Urko's Conquest
  3. Stained Glass Horizon (
  4. Cyclops Revolution
  5. Birth Machine 2000
  6. Nightmare Castle
  7. Fireball Demon
  8. Phaser Quest
  9. Suicide Asteroid
  10. Dragon Ryder 13
  11. Magnetic Hole
  • Lee Dorrian
  • Gary Jennings
  • Leo Smee
  • Brian Dixon
1996 Readers' Album #57




Caravan Beyond Redemption  
1999 Earache
  1. Voodoo Fire
  2. The Unnatural World
  3. Satanikus Robotikus
  4. Freedom
  5. Captain Clegg
  6. Earth Messiah
  7. The Caravan
  8. Revolution
  9. Kaleidoscope of Desire
  10. Heavy Load
  11. The Omega Man
  12. Dust of Paradise
  13. Black Sunday (bonus track)
  • Lee Dorrian
  • Gary Jennings
  • Leo Smee
  • Brian Dixon



Endtyme  
2001 Earache
  1. Cathedral Flames
  2. Melancholy Emperor
  3. Requiem For The Sun
  4. Whores To Oblivion
  5. Alchemist Of Sorrows
  6. Ultra Earth
  7. Astral Queen
  8. Sea Serpent
  9. Templars Arise (The Return)
  • Lee Dorrian
  • Gary Jennings
  • Leo Smee
  • Brian Dixon



The VIIth Coming  
2002 Spitfire
  1. Phoenix Rising
  2. Resisting The Ghost
  3. Skull Flower
  4. Aphrodite's Winter
  5. Empty Mirror
  6. Nocturnal Fist
  7. Iconoclast
  8. Black Robed Avenger
  9. Congregation Of Sorcerers
  10. Halo Of Fire
  • Lee Dorrian
  • Gary Jennings
  • Leo Smee
  • Brian Dixon
2002 Readers' Album #73




The Garden Of Unearthly Delights  
2005 Nuclear Blast
  1. Dearth AD
  2. Tree Of Life & Death
  3. North Berwick Witch Trials
  4. Upon Azrael’s Wings
  5. Corpsecycle
  6. Fields Of Zagara
  7. Oro, The Manslayer
  8. Beneath A Funereal Sun
  9. The Garden
  10. Proga - Europa
  • Lee Dorrian
  • Gary Jennings
  • Leo Smee
  • Brian Dixon
2005 Readers' Album #53




The Guessing Game  
2010 Nuclear Blast
  1. Immaculate Misconception
  2. Funeral of Dreams
  3. Painting in the Dark
  4. Death of an Anarchist
  5. The Guessing Game
  6. Edwige's Eyes
  7. Cats, Incense, Candles & Wine
  8. One Dimensional People
  9. The Casket Chasers
  10. La Noche del Buque Maldito (aka Ghost Ship of the Blind Dead)
  11. The Running Man
  12. Requiem for the Voiceless
  • Lee Dorrian
  • Gary Jennings
  • Leo Smee
  • Brian Dixon
2010 Readers' Album #43




Anniversary  LIVE
2011 Rise Above
  1. Picture Of Beauty And Innocence
  2. Comiserating The Celebration (of Life)
  3. Ebony Tears
  4. Serpent Eve
  5. Soul Sacrifice
  6. Funeral Request
  7. Equilibrium
  8. Reaching Happiness Touching Pain
  9. Funeral Of Dreams
  10. Enter The Worms
  11. Upon Azrael's Wings
  12. Midnight Mountain
  13. Cosmic Funeral
  14. Carnival Bizarre
  15. Night Of The Seagulls
  16. Corpsecycle
  17. Ride
  18. The Last Spire Pt. 1
  19. Vampire Sun
  20. Hopkins
  • Lee Dorrian
  • Adam Lehan
  • Gary Jennings
  • Mark Griffiths
  • Leo Smee
  • Mike Smail
  • Brian Dixon
2011 Readers' Album #79




The Last Spire  
2013 Rise Above
  1. Entrance To Hell
  2. Pallbearer
  3. Cathedral Of The Damned
  4. Tower Of Silence
  5. Infestation Of Grey Death
  6. An Observation
  7. This Body, Thy Tomb
  • Lee Dorrian
  • Gary Jennings
  • Scott Carlson
  • Brian Dixon
2013 Readers' Album #14





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