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Release date: 26 March 2010
Style: Doom metal, Stoner metal


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Disc I
01. Immaculate Misconception
02. Funeral Of Dreams
03. Painting In The Dark
04. Death Of An Anarchist
05. The Guessing Game
06. Edwige's Eyes
07. Cats, Incense, Candles & Wine

Disc II
01. One Dimensional People
02. The Casket Chasers
03. La Noche Del Buque Maldito (Aka Ghost Ship Of The Blind Dead)
04. The Running Man
05. Requiem For The Voiceless
06. Journeys Into Jade

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Staff review by
Baz Anderson

We all know these doom pioneers have been around for over twenty years now, but for the first time Cathedral have released a double album, in the form of The Guessing Game.

The music contained on these two discs is as colourful and artistic as the cover art, Cathedral have always been a little fruity and this latest offering is no different. This is doom metal meets psychedelic rock and progressive punk, and a bunch of various other elements thrown in there for good measure. The Guessing Game isn't as crushingly heavy as the band have been in the past, but there are still plenty of riffs on this doom-a-thon to get your head behind.

published 27.03.2010 | Comments (39)

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K†ulu - 22.03.2010 at 22:05  
  The cover art looks awesome, and the album has leaked. Gonna listen to it soon!
K†ulu - 27.03.2010 at 09:19  
  I think you doomsters are getting yet another great album of the genre.
Uirapuru - 27.03.2010 at 11:37  
  Wonderful album, best from 2010 (for me) so far, probably one of the greatest of the year...

Specting a staff review soon
ioannisk - 29.03.2010 at 19:57  
In Bone Factory - 13.05.2010 at 18:07  
Rating: 8 A pure Cathedral's
Marcel Hubregtse - 20.05.2010 at 17:56  
  Listened to it a lot of times now and it is by far Cathedral's weakest. A 6 at most.
Ph0eNiX - 02.06.2010 at 07:38  
Rating: 9 It's makes sense as Cathedral would (Wacky but cool). I Agree with the riff's comment above but I would say it sounds a bit cleaner than a few of their last albums. Same kinda clean (for everything but the bass) that Ethereal Mirror and Carnival Bizarre had going with the same sort of writing imagination. I also hear a bit of the feel of Caravan beyond redemption in here too.
!J.O.O.E.! - 02.06.2010 at 09:07  
  Still reigning as my favourite album of the year. It makes me not care about the rest of Cathedral's back catalogue. There may be a couple of duds but the strong tracks cover over them pretty much.
Kenos - 29.10.2010 at 02:46  
Corey - 10.12.2010 at 00:28  
Pathosray - 15.12.2010 at 03:06  
Rating: 7 So many influeces..even in the lyrics. And the cover is simply amazing. I really apreciated the prog-orientet passages; but less the doom flavour to it; like those two influeces could have resulted in something even better...
ForeverDarkWoods - 15.12.2010 at 20:48  
  The good songs on this album are very good but I feel it's quite inconsistent overall. When the prog influences work out, the result is absolutely beautiful, but they do get a bit clunky at times and at those times detract from the quality.

Overall it's a good album though, even if a bit uneven.
Angelic Storm - 22.12.2010 at 01:15  
Rating: 9 This is definitely my album of the year. There is a couple of weak-ish songs, but the rest of the album is so immense it's like that doesn't even matter. "Cats, Incense, Candles & Wine" is so quirky, and such a wonderful song. I also get the feeling Lee is a fellow cat lover from the lyrics. lol xD

On the flipside, "Requiem For The Voiceless" shows they are still highly adept in creating slow, mournful, monstrous and menacing doom. The lyrics about animal cruelty just gives the song an even more unsettling edge. Definitely one of, if not the highlight of the album.

There's so much creativity and imagination on this album that it's just staggering. But its still great to see them just do a heads-down rocking, stoner-doom stomper like "The Casket Chasers" as well!

Just a stunning album.
CrippledReverend - 28.12.2010 at 16:40  
Rating: 8 Musicianship: 8
Vocal: 7
Atmosphere: 8
Melody: 6
Originality: 7
Production: 8
CD Covers: 9

Best Songs:
Disc I
04. Death Of An Anarchist
07. Cats, Incense, Candles & Wine
Disc II
04. The Running Man

Interesting Comments:
Angelic Storm
musicalkaratekid - 04.06.2013 at 16:03  
Rating: 7 This album is rather bizarre, but in a good way. It's obvious on songs such as 'Funeral of dreams' and 'Cats, incense, candles and wine' that the weird, 70s Prog Rock influences are used to full effect, but the band still sound very doomy and heavy when considering 'Casket chasers' and 'Death of an anarchist'. In my eyes Cathedral have always been a bit experimental with their sound, but on this album they really take it to a new level. 'Painting in the dark' seems a bit too long for its own good and 'Ghost galleon' is a bit boring towards the end, but this is simply another example of Cathedral's long-standing musical talent.
Reaper_Redeamer - 15.04.2015 at 17:08  
Rating: 6 I remember I listened to this album in its release and after that searched em a while. I consider this effort as their best but it is a very difficult music for no-listerers of the genre.
!J.O.O.E.! - 11.03.2016 at 15:01  
  Forgot how good this actually is. Was the first warm (ish) day I've felt in a while, and happened to be out with a nice ale in my hand when this came on. Poifect. Shame the follow up album was such a mediocre retreading of older styles.

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