is dead. Long live Cathedral.
What started 21 years ago when then-former Napalm Death
vocalist Lee Dorrian plumbed the depths of the then unhip doom metal underground has finally come to its end. Cathedral's final eulogy will be spoken later this month with the release of their final album, The Last Spire
From the doom-plod of 1990's In Memorium
demo and it follow-up album, 1991's Forest of Equilibrium
, Cathedral not merely helped popularize the sound that Dorrian & Co. found in the likes of Saint Vitus
, but also became a vehicle to explore the heavy sounds of generations past. From the troubled-funk of songs like "Midnight Mountain" from '93's The Ethereal Mirror
(the product of Cathedral's one-album stand with major label benefactors, Columbia) to 2010's The Guessing Game
, which pushed into the outer limits of psychedelic and progressive sounds, Dorrian and Cathedral (rounded out by guitarist Gaz Jennings, drummer Brian Dixon and returning bassist Scott Carlson, also of grind heroes Repulsion
) were never one too pious to adhere strictly to doom metal's touchstones.
Dorrian has also spearheaded his own label, Rise Above
for nearly two and a half decades as well. With a roster that includes the likes of Witchcraft
, Electric Wizard
and the first album from everyone's current darlings, Ghost B.C.
, Rise Above has become an institution in itself.
Noisecreep caught up with Lee one rainy (of course!) Saturday evening at Rise Above's London offices to talk about Cathedral's last days, his future plans and John Lydon. Yes, John Lydon.