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Doom metal legends Cathedral are back with their ninth full-length album, The Guessing Game. It was produced, recorded, and mixed late last year by our friend at Freshface, Warren Riker, who also did the band’s last album, The Garden of Unearthly Delights. The artwork was handled, once again, by Dave Patchett.
Having been lucky enough to have heard this already, I can tell you this album will not disappoint. There is a bit more of the ’70s rock vibe creeping in here but it does still get incredibly heavy and dark as well. I really liked what I heard and I’m pretty excited to hear the final product.
The Guessing Game is set to be released by Nuclear Blast Germany on March 26th. Continue reading
I already knew that San Diego-based (maybe 1970s-based is more accurate) prog rock outfit Astra were good, but when I saw them perform at Freshface Fever last month I was totally blown away. They played in a room with a bar and no stage, and the only microphones were the ones Richard Vaughan and Conor Riley were singing into, but they don’t need a giant sound system or stage to make them appear godlike or larger than life. Their music does that for them. Even if I saw them in someone’s basement I would still feel like I was floating away from my body and off into some magical synth-laden Mellotron world where John McLaughlin-style double-neck guitars grow instead of trees and vinyl records sprout out of the earth in place of flowers. Astra opened a window to 1973 and everyone at Les Deux that night was eager to look inside. Continue reading