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Anniversary [Live]

Cathedral Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 21, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • ASIN: B005STGILS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,272 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Picture of Beauty and Innocence
2. Comiserating the Celebration
3. Ebony Tears
4. Serpent Eve
5. Soul Sacrifice
6. A funeral Request
7. Equilibrium
8. Reaching Happiness, Touching Pain

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Earlier this year, UK mainstays and international cult act Cathedral, announced that 2011 would be their final years as a live band. Yes, after a twenty-one year career they have decided to call it a day with a final studio album in the pipeline to be recorded in 2012.

On Friday December 2010 the band celebrated their twentieth anniversary with a special concert at the Islington Academy, London. Regrouping with their original line-up for this one off occasion, the band performed their debut 1991 Doom Metal classic Forest of Equilibrium in it s entirety. The second set featured the longstanding line-up of Lee Dorrian, Garry Jennings, Brian Dixon and Leo Smee, in which they performed a raucous selection of songs old and new.

Captured her in all their raw and live glory, Anniversary is the first official live album to be ever released by Cathedral, which will no doubt delight fans around the world.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not killer. December 7, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
While this is a decent representation of Cathedral live, I'm sad to say its got some issues. The first for me being Gaz Jenning's guitar sound: its surprisingly messy. It sounds like way too much distortion was brought to bear, and it has little in common with the awesome tone found on the band's studio recordings. The rest of the instruments sound great, as does Dorrian. And even disc one, the full performance of "Forest of Equilibrium," sounds better, even though there are two guitar players.

My other complaint with this collection: the song selection on the second disc. Of the 8 Cathedral studio albums following "Forest," only 4 are represented, and 7 of the 12 tracks come from only two albums, "Ethereal Mirror" and "Carnival Bizarre." I can sort of understand why they skipped over "Supernatural Birth Machine" and "Caravan Beyond Redemption"--they are the weakest in their catalog, and even Dorrian has publicly distanced himself from them--but seriously, nothing from "The VIIth Coming"? Or "Endtyme," possibly the heaviest thing they've ever done? Yes, I said that. Heavier than "Forest." Possibly.

All that said, its not a bad album. It does capture their live energy, and the mix is good without being over-polished. It also shows their versatility through the years, as a band that was in the somewhat unenviable position of having recorded what is considered by many to be their landmark album, first. To my taste, "Ethereal" is the record that should have gotten full treatment, but I do realize that "Forest" pretty much set the new bar for heavy when it came crawling out of the gates.

And who knows: Cathedral did just play their farewell show, and I'd be shocked if that sucker didn't get recorded. Maybe that one'll fill in some of the discography gaps.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like a good old live classic. November 7, 2011
By Hans
Format:Audio CD
Sometimes you can have a live album which perfectly captures the atmosphere but where the music or sound isn't all that good and then you have those live albums that are of great sound quality but that just don't capture the atmosphere. Cathedral's Anniversary is neither of both. It is actually the best of both worlds, the music is played rough but good and the atmosphere is there, you actually imagine how it felt for those being at that gig. The album gives us the 2 parts of their anniversary show (hence the title), the first part is a complete live version of their first album, Forest of Equilibrium played by the original band members of that time. The second part is a collection of Cathedral's later songs played live by the current line up at the same gig. Although not all albums pass the revue in the second part (like mostly with live albums), it gives us a nice overview of Cathedral's rich versatility over the years. For me this is comparable with Deep Purple's "Made in Japan". It sounds better than a bootleg but it's not overproduced like most modern live albums out there. Enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cathedral February 13, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I took a while to buy this.
1999's live "Our god has landed" VHS/later DVD left me unsatisfied. Just a bit of a concert.
I knew there could be more.
When I read on UK's Metal Hammer's about a special one time only concert celebrating Lee Dorrian's Rise Above Records with a full performance of 1991's "Forest of Equilibrium" my breath was caught in a "Frozen Rapture" (pun intended).
When the release was announced I expected an 80 minute 2 CD rip off like Dio's Last in Live, Sepultura's Live in Sao Paolo , King Diamond's Deadly Lullabies or Helloween's Keeper of the Seven Keys Legacy sets that can easily fit on one CD.

This album is not part of that shameful roll of honor.

CD 1 last one hour.
CD 2 lasts 79 mns.

That's what Live albums should last.

The performance of "Equilibrium" is flawless.
Just listening to the eerie "Picture of Innocence" flute intro , the great vibes start flowing.
Many bands release full álbum performances and some of them are truly sorry, I can't picture a better scenario than the complete full album line up.
The 2nd CD features a balanced set of favourites.
The performance is great, it shows a band enjoying themselves.

The Dave Patchett artwork again is impressive.
The booklet is informative and with nice Live shoots.

There's a New Cathedral album coming, rumored to be the last one.
They could not disband on a higher mark.

Long Live Cathedral
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