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To paraphrase Nick Drake, time has told us that Cathedral are a rare, rare find. Twenty years time, in fact, since ‘In Memoriam’ first made its crepuscular crawl towards the darker reaches of our consciousness, in which Cathedral have proved themselves to be so much more than the paragons of doom metal they originally resembled. Twenty years, in which they’ve proved ... Read more in Amazon's Cathedral Store

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  • Audio CD (18 Mar 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000024J2S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,642 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Vampire Sun
2. Hopkins (The Witchfinder General)
3. Utopian Blaster
4. Night Of The Seagulls
5. Carnival Bizarre
6. Inertias Cave
7. Fangalactic Supergoria
8. Blue Light
9. Palace Of Fallen Majesty
10. Electric Grave

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1995 doom-metal classic, for fans of Elecrtic Wizard, Pentagram & Black Sabbath

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ed on 22 Sep 2005
Format: Audio CD
Cathedral's third album is in my mind the bands finest and one of the best doom albums around. `Carnival Bizarre' has pretty much everything you could want from a metal album; songs about witch finding, horror film samples, Huggy Bear and oh crikey even Tony Iommi!

What hits me first about this album is that Cathedral finally got the production job they deserved very thick and bassy without overproduction. `Forest of Equilibrium' and `The Ethereal Mirror' were great records but they did suffer from a bit of a `cheapo metal distortion pedal' guitar sound in places and a weird separation between instruments, actually this was only a problem on `The Ethereal Mirror' as `Forest of Equilibrium' suited a dodgy production.

Still, good production means absolutely sod all without songs and thankfully this album has a fair few corkers. `Vampire Sun' is on of Cathedral's more upbeat numbers and has some devilishly simple riffs and even some Tom G Warrior worshipping hey's...its pretty groovy overall but I'm not one to scorn something for being catchy, it's a great song hinting at a more upbeat direction for the band (still I must stress this isn't `Pyromania'... its not that upbeat). `Hopkins (the Witchfinder General)' is a tribute to three things;
The historical figure of Matthew Hopkins
The character in the film `Witchfinder General' played expertly by Vincent Price.
The NWOBHM band Witchfinder General, I find this funny as this song is actually better than anything WFG recorded (wanna foight about that ya testicle!).
The song itself is a masterpiece, NWOBHM inspired riffs, sing along lyrics with great tempo changes, some duelling solos and sound bites from the films `Mark of the Devil' and of course `Witchfinder General'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cavecanum on 4 Nov 2004
Format: Audio CD
This LP proves rock is still a living entity. This LP motors and rocks and reminds me of when I first lobbed Master of Reality on the turntable and Black Sabbath became the Godfathers of all heavy genre.
This disc is very much a look back to the earlier Sabbath style, including drums set up like Bill Wards' on the first three Sabbath Lp's, riffs like Iommi and exhortations like Ozzy.
It also features a Tony Iommi guested track that plunders a dozen Sabbath ditties and someone sounds like Ozzy for part of it
It is much fresher than a lot of nineties rock, less manufactured and more as if it was recorded in a few takes.
Definitely worth an investment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BritHorrorHound on 25 Oct 2008
Format: Audio CD
No collection of British heavy metal is complete without this album,it's as essential as 'Master of Reality' or 'Sin After Sin'.

Whilst Cathedral have recorded albums of this quality throughout their career, this is the one for which they will be forever remembered for as it contains what many people would call their 'greatest hit', 'Hopkins. Witchfinder General'(It also features my fave Cathedral track of all time 'Vampire Sun')

The band are on fire, and their intensity is matched by a cracking production that thunders out of the speakers.

Often pigeon holed as a doom band, this is an unfair and wide of the mark assessment of a band who incorporate metal, psych and prog into their sound, elements of all these styles being present here,whilst retaining an undeniable earth shaking metallic crunch.

This re-issue contains their 'Our God Has Landed' DVD as a bonus, and features some cracking promo vids, as well as a decent live gig making this set an absolute bargain.Go buy it!
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By Jane Aland VINE VOICE on 28 Oct 2005
Format: Audio CD
There's been another major line-up change by the time of Cathedral's 3rd album The Carnival Bizarre, with only vocalist Lee Dorian and guitarist Gaz Jennings remaining from the previous album. Despite that fact, this album is very much 'business as usual', as the band continue along the same musical path as on The Ethereal Mirror, so almost all of the album is comprised of up-tempo retro groovy disco doom, with only Night of the Seagulls (co-written by legendary ex-Repulsion bassist Scott Carlson) harking back to the slow dirge sound of their debut album. The Carnival Bizarre is a good solid Cathedral album, and there really isn't a single dud track to be found anywhere here, but it does suffer a little from going over the same musical territory as The Ethereal Mirror, with only the odd bass-heavy funk of Blue Light hinting at any new ideas. Cathedral might be musically treading water with this release, but there are still enough great metal tunes here to make this an essential purchase for fans of the band. Oh - and it's also got the best fold-out Dave Patchett cover art ever!
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