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5.0 out of 5 stars Cathedral at there best, 16 Nov 2002
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This review is from: The Seventh Coming (Audio CD)
On this album (unsurprisingly there seventh) cathedral have basically collected everything that made there previous albums good and brought it all together. The awesome "Phoenix rising" has hints of the ethereal mirror album to it and the middle of the song "Skullflower" has such a slow riff it could be on forest of equilibrium. I feel that the greatest thing about this album is the guitar work which is amazing. The amount of showing off is kept to a minimum and there are some amazing riffs and leads (listen to "Resisting the ghost" to see what I mean). Also on this release Lee Dorrian seems to be a lot more comfortable vocally which also adds a lot to this album. This album contains (in my opinion) some of cathedrals finest work to date. I personally like the doom-rock stylings of "Resisting the ghost" along with the slow and creepy "Halo of fire".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch, 22 April 2010
This review is from: The Seventh Coming (Audio CD)
I recently dug out this album for the first time in years, after never really listening to it enough to start with. What I found was possibly Cathedral's most consistent album. There are no fillers on here. The songs are all great, catchy, groovy, relatively short and punchy, not to mention the album is as heavy as a big metal box containing a tonne of lead hammers and strapped to a big metal elephant with magnets on its feet... standing on a big steel planet with lots of gravity.

Brilliant metal.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 7th Heaven, 27 Jan 2006
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Jane Aland (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Seventh Coming (Audio CD)
After six albums and 10 years Cathedral finally break free of the Earache label for their 7th album. Cathedrals previous recordings can be divided neatly into different stages, from the achingly slow doom dirge early material to the more up-tempo ‘70’s rock of their later Earache output. Of all their previous albums ‘The VIIth Coming’ is closest in sound to their last album ‘Endthyme’, in that it’s something of a mixture of the two Cathedral styles, though this record probably isn’t quite as heavy as ‘Endthyme’. All the songs are top quality here, and despite the bands habit of coming up with songs that have stronger verses than choruses occasionally the material still ranks as good as anything the band have ever done, though inevitably after the amount of records Cathedral have made there is an element of familiarity breeding contempt here, and as good this album is there is really nothing on it that the band haven’t done many times before. Still, while this isn’t exactly re-inventing the band, ‘The VIIth Coming’ is still a good solid Cathedral album, and with a good mix of slow and faster material should make most fans happy.
NB: If you can afford it try getting the Japanese import version for a cracking extra instrumental track that features possibly the best guitar riff on the album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A damn fine doom album, 19 Nov 2002
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Cathedral have come up with the goods once again, and once again, thier sound has changed. The tone of the instuments and Dorrian's voice is the same(damn good!), but the style of music differs greatly from Endtyme. As far as a doom band can be different anyway. The aggressive, depressing dirges have been replaced with shorter, punchier more upbeat(!) songs. The riffs aren't as doomy, but just as heavy. The most noticeable thing is the acoustic versed 'Aphrodite's Winter', a great song, but quite original and different.
Overall, this album is damn good, different, but still Cathedral, not as doomy, but still charateristically heavy.
They prove once again that they are at the forefront of British metal, stoner and doom, along with Orange Goblin and Electric Wizard. (and those two bands are on Dorrian's label!).
Rating; 7.5/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars 7th Coming, 3 July 2013
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Robert P. Jenner (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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I'm writing this review off the bat listening to the album for the first time and still last track Halo of Fire.
7th Coming has a huge magnitude of sonic riffery to blow me away with, there are a couple of 'off' points but nothing to get hung up on, as I'm sure most fans of Cathedral will be familiar with a few of these on each album they release, but the album is an absolute arsenal of gratification, harmonies, homage, solo's and damn good heavy metal.
The Celtic Frost reflected in the song Congregation of Sorcerer's is just the cream on the cake for me, but that's neither here nor there in the scale of what's been offered by Cathedral.
Cathedral are stronger than ever. I'll be jamming this album a lot. Yes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Can we stop referring to Black Sabbath circa 1972 now please?, 5 Jun 2009
This review is from: The Seventh Coming (Audio CD)
Before i am (cyber-) lynched let me explain the tagline: Black Sabbath DID invent that sub-genre that evolved in terms of the nomenclature into what we all know and love as heavy metal; i love Sabbath, simply adore them, and a black & white poster of Tony, Terry, Bill and John adorns my office wall - i even own their first 8 albums on original vinyl being an old git that i am ... Ozzy may be a professional rock n roll clown these days, exploited by his awful missus, but i blame aggressive marketing and the unsophisticated (and vaguely voyeuristic) proletariat for that. and so to Cathedral and their impressive 7th long player - the genius of Lee Dorian and the Boys is their ability to re-invent and re-interpret existing themes, and they do this will a high degree of musical nous and great theatre. The lyrics are all we Cathedral worshippers (yeah - a dodgy pun there!) have come to expect and indulge our vivid imaginations in; the combination of aggression and melody is deceptively subtle, and the overall effect is to transport the listener to a quasi-phantasmagorical world of life, death, love and mystery. to quote the great Lemmy Kilmister :"Vicious! ... but fair ...": buy this CD and play it loud until the knobs get shaken off your hi-fi!
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