Cathedral In Memoriam on Limited Edition 180g 2LP + Booklet
As with a choice few truly great bands, the first self- financed cassette recording by Cathedral – made available in October 1990 – was a pioneering underground masterpiece in its own right; the sound of a young band exploring its newfound chemistry, finding confident variations on a flawless list of influences and cultivating a sound and style that would prove hugely inspirational throughout the 1990s and beyond, being a major influence on everyone from Electric Wizard through to Reverend Bizarre.
Where most demos are little more than a dry run for the first album, In Memoriam still has its own distinct and important identity in the Cathedral canon. The debut LP that followed, Forest Of Equilibrium, has a somber, devout, melodic and mystical grandeur all of its own – but In Memoriam has a far murkier, earthier, more deathly intent.
Creepy, cryptic and bowel- looseningly heavy, it represents the first time that the doom metal stylings of Trouble, Saint Vitus, Pentagram and Witchfinder General had been rendered in a new, more extreme metallic form. At the beginning of the new decade, it was really only Cathedral who were proud to assert the influence of true doom metal – a perennially unfashionable genre, but especially in a turn-of-the-decade metal scene so obsessed with speed, technicality, brutality and modernity.
Cathedral In Memoriam Track Listing:
1. Mourning of a New Day (Demo 1990)
2. All Your Sins (Demo 1990)
3. Ebony Tears (Demo 1990)
4. March (Demo 1990)
5. Commiserating the Celebration (Live Holland/Belgium 1991)
6. Ebony Tears (Live Holland/Belgium 1991)
7. Neophytes For Serpent Eve (Live Holland/Belgium 1991)
8. All Your Sins (Live Holland/Belgium 1991)
9. Mourning of a New Day (Live Holland/Belgium 1991)