Cathedral are a band from England that later evolved into a doom rock band but where pure doom/death in the beginning and this is a review of their classic debut "Forest Of Equilibrum" which was released by Earache Records during the year of 1991.
Drums are mostly slow with no fast playing or blast beats, and at times there is are flute's and keyboards being used that gives the music a dark and medeivel feel, as for the bass playing it follows the riffs coming out of the guitars and at times there are some very powerful bass lines that have a 70's metal feel.
Rhythm guitars are very deep sounding slow doom metal riffs that have a good amount of melody and some midpaced riffing that has a thrash feel, while the lead guitars have alot of 70's rock influences in the solos that give this band a stoner rock feel which was not a huge trend when this album came out, and there is a small amount of accoustic guitars that give the music a dark atmospheric feel.
Vocals are mostly deep death metal growls that are very easy to understand with some clean singing, while the lyrics are very dark with a gnostic feel and some depressing themes, as for the production on this recording which was recorded and mixed at Workshop Studios during the months of July and August of 1991 has a very heavy sound that captures all of the instruments that are present on this album.
In my opinion Cathedral where a great band and this was their heaviest album and if you are a fan of doom/death metal you probably already have this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Ebony Tears" "Serpent Eve" and "Reaching Hapiness Touching Pain". RECOMMENDED BUY