U.K.-based cult doom rockers CATHEDRAL have set "Seeds of Decay" as the working title of their eighth studio album, tentatively due in early 2005 through Nuclear Blast Records. Songtitles set to appear on the follow-up to 2002's "The VIIth Coming" include "Oro the Manslayer", "Corpsecycle", "Sabbadaius Sabbattum", "Eripmav Moon", "This Body Thy Tomb", "Everything Is Dying" and "Upon Azraels Wings". The album will once more feature the epic cover art of longtime CATHEDRAL artist Dave Patchett. The band were previously signed to Dream Catcher Records in Europe and Spitfire Records in the U.S.
As previously reported, CATHEDRAL have announced the following three U.K. shows as a warm-up to the band's appearance at Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany (Aug. 7-8):
Jul. 29 – Birkenhead, UK - Hotel California
Jul. 30 - Coventry, UK - The Jailhouse
Jul. 31 - London, UK - The Underworld
CATHEDRAL "best of/rarities" collection, "The Serpent's Gold", is scheduled to be released on July 27 through Earache Records. The two-CD collection will document CATHEDRAL's entire Earache period, with 27 tracks in total, clocking in at over 2 ½ hours. Disc 1 ("The Serpent’s Treasure") contains all of the band's greatest moments from the Earache releases, fully remastered for a crushingly heavy and crystally clear listening experience. Disc 2 ("The Serpent’s Chest") features three previously unreleased songs plus two unreleased live tracks. The disc also offers up rare demo recordings and some unusual re-workings of CATHEDRAL classics.