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- The Garden Of Unearthly Delights - Alex Albrecht - 8 stars

The Garden Of Unearthly Delights

The Garden Of Unearthly Delights
(Nuclear Blast - 2005)

The British always challenged the fans with their changing music - and it haven't always worked out well. On their new album The Garden Of Unearthly Delights is like a journey through the past of Cathedral, coz here they pick up sounds from every album and build up a kind of retrospective view about their career. The musical variety spans from grooving rock to doomy metal, classical heavy metal and even some punk elements. Tree Of Life & Death is the opening track - not talking about the intro - which is a mid-tempo rock tune with some punk attitude. Totally different is Upon Azrael's Wings which is a heavy, dark metal track. Mainly mid-tempo, but grooving. The vocals have a devillish touch. Very intense. Corpsecycle seems to be a light, almost happy mid-tempo song. With every track this is getting more weird... More chaotic. Most interesting is The Garden! The almost 27 minutes long opus which combines all their sound elements in one song. Lyrically this one deals with the garden Eden and it's decline. Female vocals been added by Circulus singer Lo Polidoro, inlcuding a duett - almost a vocal battle - of Polidoro and Dorian. This song is like a walk through a musical labyrinth with wrong turns, going back and getting back on the right track.
This is no easy listening, to many different styles melting into an album. In it's own way it is homogenous, but challenging the listener. Fans who like all styles of Cathedral will love this album, others should check it out first.

8 stars

Alex Albrecht
(translation: Claudia Ehrhardt)


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