Band's final studio album to be released in 2012
According to Dorrian, "It's simply time for us to bow out. Twenty-one years is a very long time and it's almost a miracle that we managed to come this far!
"We've had a great time during Cathedral's existence and it has literally been our life. It's just time to move on and leave our recorded legacy to linger."
Cathedral formed in 1990, and has released nine studio albums and a bunch of EPs. They spent most of their career on Earache Records, but their last two discs were on Nuclear Blast—2010's The Guessing Game was a psychedelic, multifaceted, even weird double disc that placed quite high on lots of critics' polls. Dorrian describes The Guessing Game as "exactly where we wanted to be after all this time. Staying in one place, being repetitive and predictable is something we wanted to avoid right from the off."
Cathedral recently reunited with their original lineup for a 20th anniversary concert, performing their 1991 debut album, Forest of Equilibrium, in its entirety. They're scheduled to appear at the 2011 Maryland Deathfest, and will play a farewell London show later in the year.
Irish blues-rock guitarist and former Thin Lizzy member
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Cauldron bassist/vocalist picks his forgotten favorites
Anvil, Strength of Steel (Metal Blade, 1987): Not because it's better than Forged in Fire or Metal on Metal, but because it's just as good and doesn't get the credit it deserves. Massively underrated Anvil album. Get a stone going before you listen for maximum listening experience.
Thor, Only the Strong (Viper, 1985): Full package going on here, too bad they couldn't have kept it up longer. Either way, this is basically a greatest hits record as is.
Exciter, Long Live the Loud (Music for Nations, 1985): Canada's Motörhead. Perfect, no-bullshit speed metal with sense. For those late summer nights...
Reckless, Heart of Steel (Heavy Metal America, 1984): Figured I'd throw in this forgotten gem, since it's too good to forget. Nice spread of Scorpions meets early Mötley Crüe. This is what Theatre of Pain should have sounded like!
Band performs new song "Get Back in Line"
Could we hear new songs on the "farewell tour"?
Judas Priest announced in December that they'll be launching a farewell world tour this year, with the intention of hitting all major cities across the globe one last time. The "Epitaph" tour will begin at the Sweden Rock Festival on June 9 and include a bunch of European summer festival dates, with the rest of the tour yet to be announced.
In the meantime, though, word has emerged that the band is working on new material for a studio album, their first since 2007's two-CD concept record, Nostradamus (which I liked a lot). A post on guitarist Glenn Tipton's website reads in part, "We are all excited about the tour and are currently having meetings to discuss the stage production, but above all the set list. We intend to include some classic Priest songs that we haven't played before and of course the old favorites that everybody will want to hear.
"To put everyone's mind at rest, this is by no means the end of the band. In fact, we are presently writing new material, but we do intend this to be the last major world tour."
So who knows—maybe they'll have a new song for us by the time the farewell tour hits the US (which I'm kinda expecting to be in fall/winter 2011 or early 2012). I wouldn't expect to see an album until late 2012 or 2013, though; Priest don't work fast these days, and they've got a lot of shows to play.
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