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Endtyme (Earache Records)

By: Jeb Branin

Every time I get a CD by CATHEDRAL I brace myself for the worst. CATHEDRAL are without a doubt one of the most devastating doom bands on the planet but they are also one of the most inconsistent as well. Far too often they forego their doom in favor of some musical wild goose chase. A chase to capture unique vibes from off-the-wall influences or, which is not a bad thing in and of itself, just that the band usually takes it a step too far and borrows too heavily. It is almost like CATHEDRAL haven't had enough faith in their bread and butter sound to ride it for all its worth. I am pleased to say, however, that there is almost nothing of that sort on "Endtyme." This is the heaviest, most foreboding, most powerful and most Sabbath-esque CATHEDRAL album yet. Their strength as songwriters is allowed to shine through the music more than on any preceding release. Of course there is a lot of experimentation and diversity in the music but for once it is used to broaden and deepen the doom, not undercut it. Destined to be one of the year's best albums.
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