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4 stars Cathedral play good and challenging prog rock. They are clearly inspired by RED era King Crimson and Yes. I also hear small bits inspired by Genesis. This might not be the most original concept, but Cathedral carry the concept out with splendiour. In fact I think this is an excellent addition to your prog rock collection. It shouldn´t sound like Cathedral are a total clone of the aforementioned bands. They got their own style and they are pretty creative.

Cathedral are not to be mistaken for the english Heavy Metal band with the same name. The english band who are fronted by the former Napalm Death singer Lee Dorian. This band have also made some albums which should be worthy of inclusion in the prog archives, namely: Forest of Equilibrium, The Ethereal Mirror and expecially the long EP ( more than 40 minutes) Statik Majik.

Well the two bands have nothing in common except for the name, but they are both worth noticing.

The lead singer Paul Seal reminds me of Wetton, but I think he is a bit better and a little more strange in his performance. The musicians are flawless and clearly above the average. The sound quality is not so good, but it doesn´t ruin your listening experience. I have to mention the beautiful mellotron which is omnipresent throughout the album.

All in all this is a good album and definitely above average. 4 stars from me but I guess this is an aquired taste and that some might say this is average stuff. I think they got that little extra though that is required if you are to be noticed in the prog scene.

UMUR | 4/5 |


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