Forest of Equilibrium

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Forest of Equilibrium
CathedralForestOfEquilibrium.jpg
Studio album by Cathedral
Released December 6, 1991 (1991-12-06)
Recorded July–August 1991
Studio Workshop Studios, Redditch, England
Genre Doom metal
Length54:09
Label Earache
Producer PBL, Lee Dorrian, Gary Jennings
Cathedral chronology
In Memorium EP
(1990)
Forest of Equilibrium
(1991)
The Ethereal Mirror
(1993)
Professional ratings
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Forest of Equilibrium is the debut album of the British doom metal band Cathedral, released in 1991 on Earache Records. It is considered a classic of its genre, doom metal. [2] Forest of Equilibrium was notably inducted into Decibel Magazine's Hall of Fame in February 2006 being the 12th inductee for the Decibel Hall of Fame. [3]

Doom metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music that typically uses slower tempos, low-tuned guitars and a much "thicker" or "heavier" sound than other heavy metal genres. Both the music and the lyrics intend to evoke a sense of despair, dread, and impending doom. The genre is strongly influenced by the early work of Black Sabbath, who formed a prototype for doom metal with songs such as "Black Sabbath", "Children of the Grave", "Electric Funeral" and "Into the Void". During the first half of the 1980s, a number of bands from England, the United States and Sweden defined doom metal as a distinct genre.

Cathedral (band) English doom metal band

Cathedral were a doom metal band from Coventry, England. The group gained attention upon release of its debut album, Forest of Equilibrium (1991), which is considered a classic of the genre. However, the band's sound evolved quickly and began to adopt characteristics of 1970s metal, hard rock and progressive rock. After releasing ten full-length albums and touring extensively for over two decades, Cathedral broke up after the release of The Last Spire in 2013.

Earache Records is an independent record label, music publisher and management company founded by Digby Pearson, based in Nottingham, England with offices in London and New York. It helped to pioneer extreme metal by releasing early grindcore and death metal records between 1988 and 1994. The label roster has since diversified into more mainstream guitar music, working with bands such as Rival Sons, The Temperance Movement, Blackberry Smoke and The White Buffalo. The company also hosted the 'Earache Express' stage at Glastonbury Festival in 2017 and will be hosting 'The Earache Factory' at Boomtown Fair 2018.

Contents

In 2009, Earache Records reissued the album along with four "bonus" songs that comprise the long out-of-print 1992 Soul Sacrifice EP. This deluxe digipak reissue also includes a poster of Dave Patchett's cover art and a new 40-minute documentary entitled "Return to the Forest" on DVD. [4]

In the music industry, a reissue is the release of an album or single which has been released at least once before, sometimes with alterations or additions.

Track listing

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Picture of Beauty & Innocence (Intro)/Commiserating the Celebration"Lee DorrianGarry Jennings11:16
2."Ebony Tears"DorrianJennings7:46
3."Serpent Eve"Mark GriffithsJennings, Adam Lehan7:40
4."Soul Sacrifice"GriffithsJennings2:54
5."A Funeral Request (Ethereal Architect)"Griffith, David Park Barnitz Lehan9:17
6."Equilibrium"DorrianJennings6:08
7."Reaching Happiness, Touching Pain"DorrianJennings9:08

Personnel

Cathedral

Lee Dorrian British singer

Lee Dorrian is an English singer, best known as a former member of Napalm Death and later frontman of Cathedral. He is currently the vocalist of With the Dead and Septic Tank.

Singing act of producing musical sounds with the voice

Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice and augments regular speech by the use of sustained tonality, rhythm, and a variety of vocal techniques. A person who sings is called a singer or vocalist. Singers perform music that can be sung with or without accompaniment by musical instruments. Singing is often done in an ensemble of musicians, such as a choir of singers or a band of instrumentalists. Singers may perform as soloists or accompanied by anything from a single instrument up to a symphony orchestra or big band. Different singing styles include art music such as opera and Chinese opera, Indian music and religious music styles such as gospel, traditional music styles, world music, jazz, blues, gazal and popular music styles such as pop, rock, electronic dance music and filmi.

Garry "Gaz" Jennings is an English musician best known for his work as the guitarist for doom metal band Cathedral. In additional, he has also worked as the guitarist of thrash metal band Acid Reign, punk rock band Septic Tank and heavy metal bands Lucifer and Death Penalty.

Additional musicians

Technical personnel

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References

  1. Birchmeier, Jason. Cathedral: Forest of Equilibrium at AllMusic. Retrieved September 17, 2016.
  2. "The Depths Of Doom," 2006, p. 52.
  3. Chase, Jesse. "Cathedral – "Forest of Equilibrium"". Decibel . Retrieved 2018-05-11.
  4. "CATHEDRAL: 'Forest Of Equilibrium' Reissue To Include 40-Minute Documentary". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 1 May 2016.

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