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9th February 2012


Metal Mind Productions is proud to announce the exclusive reissue of 'Garden Of Unearthly Delights', the eighth studio album by the legendary Doom Metal band – Cathedral.

Throughout the last 21 years, not only did Cathedral manage to forge a style of their own, but they also helped shape the entire Doom Metal scene, both in Europe and the US. This exclusive digipack reissue of the band's eighth opus brings back Cathedral at its finest, a truly exceptional album for all those enchanted by the heaviness and melancholy of Doom Metal...

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Cathedral was founded in Coventry, England in 1989 after vocalist Lee Dorian (formerly performing with grindcore pioneers Napalm Death) met with bassist Mark 'Griff' Griffiths (who at that time worked as a roadie for Carcass) and the two discussed their mutual love for doom acts such as Trouble, Pentagram, Candlemass and Witchfinder.

After recruiting guitarists Garry 'Gaz' Jennings and Adam Lehan (both ex-Acid Reign) and drummer Mike Smail, the group started working on their debut album – 'Forest Of Equilibrium' – which saw the light of day in 1991 via Earache Records. Throughout the following years the band released eight more albums along with six EPs and a live album called 'Anniversary'.

'Garden Of Unearthly Delights', Cathedral's eighth LP, hit the stores on September 26th, 2005. The album took the listeners by surprise, offering some of the harshest and heaviest songs ever composed by the band. Tracks like 'Oro The Manslayer', 'Tree Of Life And Death' and 'Upon Azrael's Wings' showcased attitude never heard in Cathedral's music before.

Apart from the rougher cuts, 'Garden Of Unearthly Delights' brought also the trademark Cathedral sound in such songs as 'North Berwick Witch Trials', the Sabbath-influenced instrumental 'Fields Of Zagara' or the nearly 27-minute epic title track (full of beautiful, melancholic passages coupled with brilliantly varied riffs).

Cathedral released their ninth studio album entitled 'The Guessing Game' in March, 2010. In February, 2011, the band announced that Cathedral's next album would be their last and that the group will disband in 2012 after releasing their final LP – 'The Last Spire'. As Lee Dorian explained: "It's simply time for us to bow out. Twenty one years is a very long time and it's almost a miracle that we managed to come this far!"

'Garden Of Unearthly Delights' remains one of the most breathtaking Doom Metal releases of all times and definitely deserves a place among Cathedral's finest albums. This doom masterpiece is one psychedelic trip you don't want to miss out on! New digipak edition of the album is limited to numbered 2000 copies. The album is remastered using tube technology, digitally edited on a golden disc. The release date is scheduled for March, 6th in Europe and May, 8th in USA (via MVD).


1. Dearth AD
2. Tree Of Life And Death
3. North Berwick Witch Trials
4. Upon Azrael's Wings
5. Corpsecycle
6. Fields Of Zagara
7. Oro The Manslayer
8. Beneath A Funeral Sun
9. The Garden



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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