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The Serpent's Gold [CD]

Cathedral Audio CD
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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 (2 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Earache Records
  • ASIN: B000050LDL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,610 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Ride
2. Hopkins (Witchfinder General)
3. Autumn Twilight
4. Midnight Mountain
5. Soul Sacrifice (EP Version)
6. Enter The Worms
7. Stained Glass Horizon
8. Wampire Sun
9. Cosmic Funeral
10. Ebony Tears
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Hide and Seek
2. Neophytes for Serpent Eve (Demo)
3. Violent Breath
4. Night of the Seagulls (Demo)
5. Magic Mountain
6. A Funeral Request feat. Victor Griffin, Joe Hasselvander & Scott Carlson (Live)
7. The Olde Oak Tree
8. Schizoid Puppeteer
9. Carnival Bizarre (Demo)
10. Rabies
See all 12 tracks on this disc

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The gates of doom 27 Aug 2004
Format:Audio CD
My initial route to this band came from the link with Lee Dorian's previous band, Napalm Death. Cathedral are however a very different kettle of fish. Dorian's change from grindcore grunts in the Napalm era, to the dirty doom style he now uses are a mile apart. As soon as I heard Cathedral I was instantly hooked, the music is slow and heavy as hell, the lyrics are cool, even the album artwork is a triumph, helping to make their work an all round superb package. Serpent's gold is a good starting point for the newcomer, and will no doubt inspire many to look up the back catalogue. And for the already hooked the rarities, on the second CD will provide plenty of new material. The inlay contains all you ever need to know about the band history courtesy of an extensive interview with Lee. This is simply a great record!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent rarities compilation 10 Dec 2005
By Jane Aland VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Serpent’s Gold follows the same template as similar Earache compilations from Napalm Death and Godflesh, with a double CD set evenly split between a ‘greatest hits’ compilation on disc one, and a rarities disc on disc 2. Personally I can never understand who the ‘greatest hits’ disc is aimed at with extreme metal bands, as unlike mainstream pop/rock bands I can’t imagine a huge audience of casual fans who only want the ‘hit singles’, but I suppose if you’ve never heard any Cathedral before this could make a reasonable sampler…
For the already converted Cathedral fan the first disc will get one token spin before the rarities disc is pounced on. On here are 4 completely ‘new’ previously unreleased studio songs, the highlight of which is the epic 12-minute Schizoid Puppeteer, with the remainder of the tracks divided between rare demo and live versions of already released album songs – including an early version of Magic Mountain with a different beginning and totally different lyrics, and live and demo versions featuring those Cathedral line-ups that didn’t last long enough to get in the studio for albums proper. All worthwhile stuff for the long-term fan, but probably of little interest to any newcomers.
Good stuff, but by it’s nature this will really only appeal to two distinct types – those who have absolutely everything else released by the Cathedral and who are picking it up for the rarities, and those who have absolutely nothing at all.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeping the sabbath dream alive? 5 Aug 2004
Format:Audio CD
Excuse the corny title for this review, but it is true. If Black Sabbath ever got back together with Ozzy and wrote new stuff, this is what they would have to compete with. Well this and Wino's work of course. This is prime doom. Slow, heavy and groovy. The first CD is a best of the earache years. Ok, so it does miss out on quite a few classics, why there is only one track from Caravan Beyond Redemption & Supernatural Birth Machine I don't know, but this is a great place to start if like me, you missed out on Cathedral the first time round. There is not a weak track on the wholoe album. It is just great song after great song. The second cd has demos, unrealesed tracks and live stuff. The Old Oak tree is a lost classic that was written for The Etherial Mirror, but did not end up on the album. It is an absolute peach of a song. Since I got this I have started getting all the albums. I am hooked and if you love doom, you will aswell. I would also recommend Spirit Caravan, St Vitus, The Hidden Hand as Wino is a true genius, as well as The Obssesed and Pentagram. So if you are sick of the same old same old, do youself a favour and get this CD. It will open your mind to a whole other world od music and you will wonder why you did'nt do so sooner.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic "doom" hard rock collection 28 April 2005
By Metacortex - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Great collection on two loaded discs. If you haven't heard Cathedral's hard pounding, doom-like sound before, this isn't a bad place to start. If you listen and feel disappointed that their sound isn't doom-like enough for you, you probably have company. I think they get this label due in part to some of their sound but also since they've been around so long, way before some of the more classic doom bands E.G. Electric Wizard; Cathedral's vocalist can growl with the best but they tend to mix it with more straightforward singing (not a bad thing in my book).

Nonetheless, if you like the heavy rock sound at all, and don't mind it with an occasional sense of humor, you can't fail to appreciate Cathedral and their healthy output of material. If you are looking to own Cathedral's CD catalog, you would do well to seek out the Japanese releases as some of them (Caravan Beyond Redemption, Carnivale Bizarre, Supernatural Birth Machine, Endtyme) contain bonus tracks (Black Sunday, Karmacopia, Tuckers Ruck, Gargoylian) not on disc 2 of this compilation.

FYI, the Japanese edition of this CD set (TFCK-87373) does contain some extras in the form of: a sticker (repro of the cover), a postcard (in Japanese), and a Japansese insert that includes lyrics in both Japanese and English. It also has the big full-color booklet about Cathedral with explanations of the bonus material. It does not contain more tracks nor a different track listing however.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disciples of the riff, obey!!! 16 Aug 2004
By D. J. Galante Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Simply indispensible collection...for those who love their Sabbath dirge with a dose of good ol' 70's groove, you cannot go wrong with this. TWO discs, over TWO hours of riffs, howls, and leads...DOOM for those who know how to be DOOMED. Lee Dorrian (vocals) just adds so much personality to the genre-check out "Magic Mountain"-a disco inferno topped off with goofy hand claps and tongue in cheek Dorrianisms' such as "OOOOOh!","Come on now!!!",and my favorites, "FEEL THE GROOOVE!!!" and "Dyn-o-mite!!!". It works, really. Simply stated, if "Hopkins (Witchfinder General)" doesn't have you banging your head with glee, horns in the air, you don't love the rock. How can Vincent Price snippets go wrong? Elsewhere you'll find the more "serious" side of Cathedral revealed;"Melancholy Emperor" drags you through the quigmire after the bass break, followed by "Equilibrium", an exercise in what it truly means to be heavy.

Disc two contains true rarities-all but one track are previously unreleased. These 12 tracks consist of demos, live tracks, outtakes...these will appeal to the purist as much as they will the neophyte-fun stuff on here. The booklet contains an enlightning interview with Dorrian concerning all things Cathedral, as well as an interview with guitarist Gaz concerning the details of disc 2.

If nothing else, this collection proves that bell-bottoms and metal can mix...not to mention the occasional cowbell...all together now-"VOODOO!!!FIRE!!!"
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doom forever 15 Aug 2004
By J. H. Infante - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
An amazing collection of the best Cathedral tracks that shows why this band are the masters of doom , powerfull , deligthfull , depressive , appealing , simply theres no other band on earth as heavy, groovy and poetic, like Cathedral, across the songs contained on this cd is like a travel, the amazing "ride" the explosive "Hopkins" , "enter the worms" , the beautifull "impressioned in flesh" . the second cd is a total surprise eleven unreleased tracks were songs like "violet breathe" with a very unnusual Zeppelin sound and "magic mountain"

an alternative version of "midnigth mountain" completes this great compilation of cds , hurry and get your copy here in Amazon.com you wont regret

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