CATHEDRAL have completed work on their latest album, entitled ether Songs Of Praise (according to the band's official web site) or Seventh Coming (as reported by Terrorizer magazine), for an October release through Dream Catcher Records.
"We've finished mixing and I think it's turned out really good," frontman Lee Dorrian told Terrorizer. "The songs are very strong and a bit more melodic than the last album. It's not as extreme. It's heavy, but in a different way."
The band recorded the album at Chapel Studios in Linolnshire with producer Kit Woolven, who had previously worked with the group on their Carnival Bizarre and Supernatural Birth Machine albums.
"Billy Anderson was perfect for the all-out sludge attack we wanted on Endtyme," explained Lee, "but this time the songs are a lot more layered and varied. Kit's got a good ear for melody."
One new track, "Congregation Of Sorcerers", was previewed at the Terrorizer 100th Birthday Bash, but is apparently not representative of the CD's overall direction.
"That's not really typical of the rest of the album," said Lee, "That's more a heavy, CELTIC FROST-influenced type of thing. That's one of two out-and-out heavy ones, the other being 'Halo Of Fire'. There are some ultra-doom parts but overall it's a lot more varied."
On not maintaining the direction set out on Endtyme, Lee commented, "[That album] was mainly to get that [sound] out of our system — we had to prove to ourselves that we could be brutally heavy and still mean it.
"When you've been around as long as we have," Lee concluded, "you see so many bands who when they've done six or seven albums they totally cop out and don't make the effort to push themselves any further. We didn't wanna become one of those bands who allow themselves to live on past glories. We've taken elements of the last album and progressed them a bit further. It's not like we've gone back to singing about Huggie Bear."