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Guessing Game [VINYL]

Cathedral Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (29 Mar 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • ASIN: B0035KGE70
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 330,658 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe their most adventurous offering 13 April 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It's been a fairly long wait between albums for Cathedral, the last one, 2005's The Garden of Uneathly Delights, had ecstatic high points and a few misfires, as is normal with Cathedral albums, but was generally a pretty strong offering. Arriving five years later, The Guessing Game could well be the band's most adventurous album to date. It is certianly epic.

The songs on this album are sprinkled with musical colour, establishing a progressive and psychedelic kaleidescope of desirable sound. Each of the two CDs that the music is spread across opens with an instrumental, the first of which leads into the epic Funeral of Dreams. This is a truly outstanding track, lasting around 8 minutes and it never gets boring. Other standouts on CD1 are the very pleasant instrumental title track and the funky, retro Cats, Insence, Candles and Wine. The second disc disc is not quite up to the standards of the first, but the album is a grower and there is much to discover on repeated listens. There are, of course, a few of Cathedral's trademark lumbering funeral march tunes to offset the flourishes of light.

The Guessing Game is another strong album from Cathedral and fans will be sure to lap it up but it could have perhaps been better in some regards. Some tracks are let down by what seem to be poorly thought out vocal melodies and repetetive lyricism. This albums lacks one of the rollicking, catchy as hell, heavy metal romps that Cathedral do so well and the couple of tracks that seem to be heading in that direction become derailed when the chorus arrives. I'm thinking of Painting in the Dark and Casket Chasers here, for example. As for the lyrics, constant references to "society" and "reality" become a tad tiring and I would prefer that Mr.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT AN EVENT!!! 15 Jun 2010
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Really, what an event!!! This album of the band seems to become their best work. I've been fan of Cathedral since "Forest...". "Ethereal mirror" has been the coolest one in the style up to now. But "The guessing game" overspat everything. Frankly speaking, time has changed either, so for the early 90-ies "Mirror" was a peak, in the latest decade the game is perfect. On the album you can feel fragrance of the 70-ies in sort of Jetro Tull to Led Zeppenin, the queer sound of techno-metal of Voivod style to speed metal of the late 80-ies - early 90-ies, and of course their own heavy disco mushed through blacksabbathdoors stoner rock + doom. Best choice for any metal fan! Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Cathedral Album in the World... EVER!!! 11 April 2010
Format:Audio CD
If you're a fan of Cathedral, or Doom, or even just rock or metal in general, then do yourself a big favour and pick this up!
I've been a fan since the superb "Etheral Mirror", and this album is (in my humble opinion anyway) Cathedral's best release to date, even bettering the excellent "Garden of Unearthly Delights". Over 2 CDs, far from being overblown, it manages to take you on a psychodelic doom-ride through every aspect of what makes Cathedral great, while throwing in a few curveballs too. The album never becomes boring, and always keeps the listeners' interest, with a wide variety in the tracks ranging from folky bits, to almost thrashy bits to classic funeral doomy bits. A Metal classic, and an album that the band should be very proud of! Cheers Cathedral!

Favourite tracks include ALL OF THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, I liked it...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Revitalized! 14 Aug 2010
Format:Audio CD
I love this.Cathedral still have their lumpen heaviness but have taken loads more sounds onboard.More prog less doom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning! The Best I've Heard in 2010 30 July 2010
Format:Audio CD
The Guessing Game was somehow my first ever introduction to Cathedral and I'm mightily impressed. I'm familiar with Lee Dorrian from his time with Naplam Death, but never put the two together.

The Guessing Game is certainly a mixed bag, with Progressive Metal, Doom, Psychedelic Metal and even bit bit of Folk Metal in there.

I listened to this on a train journey to and from London, and normally skip around listening to some of everyone, but the Guessing Game had me hooked on the first play and I gave it another full-length listen on the return journey.

This is easily the best new music I've heard this year....pending of course the new Iron Maiden in a couple of weeks.

Highly recommended!
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