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The Top 5 Doom Metal Albums of 2013 So Far

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Church of Misery: Thy Kingdom Scum

The buzz about the internet is that 2013 has produced very few good Doom Metal albums so far. While I tend to agree, there are still some solid efforts I came across so far that many either are overlooking, or just haven’t heard yet. So, I figured it is about time to buckle down and talk about the five Doom Metal albums that really stood out to me this year. Whether you agree with me or not, the following is a list of my personal favorites that you really should check out at this point.

The Death of Cathedral: A Refusal in Retrospect

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Cathedral: The Last Spire

When it was first announced that Cathedral has decided to call it a day, many of us had mixed emotions about it, though all agreed it would be sad to no longer look forward to that next full-length album. Some of us looked at this as a proper burial, laying the group to rest while still on top. Of course, you have those that simply don’t want it to end, and are more upset than understanding of the group’s decision. Even then, many of those fans agree that at least it’s ending on a mutual note, and not because of a fight within the ranks, or some kind of silly issue that one or more band members can’t seem to get over. Personally, I fell in the first category. However, today, it hit me like a ton of bricks: This is the last Cathedral album I have to look forward to. And with that, the childlike selfishness kicked into full gear…


Cathedral: Anniversary

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Cathedral: Anniversary
Has it really been twenty years already since Cathedral issued their debut album Forest of Equilibrium? Surprisingly, it sure has been. Through the years, the band has shown plenty of growth in their own sound, eventually incorporating an additional Stoner Metal approach to their crushing Doom Metal foundation. Since then, it’s been one strong release after another from this Metal powerhouse, leaving a wake of destruction that is nine full-lengths long, not to mention the additional EPs and other releases over the years. It’s time for the group to celebrate, and in doing so, we are given Anniversary, a two disc set of their live performance on Friday, December 34rd, 2010, marking their twentieth anniversary as a group. The show featured a live performance of their aforementioned debut offering, and then a second set of various tracks through the band’s career.