Nuclear Blast Records has pushed back the projected North American release date of the new CATHEDRAL album, "The Garden of Unearthly Delights", to January 2006. The Japanese edition will be released on October 26 and will contain an as-yet-undisclosed bonus track, which will not be included on the European or USA versions. More details on the Japanese version of the CD can be found at HMV.co.jp. Audio samples of the entire album can be found at this location.
Produced by Warren Ryker (DOWN, CROWBAR),"The Garden of Unearthly Delights" is said to be the band's "most varied effort so far." While a song like "North Berwick Witch Trials" will bring back memories of such immortal riffs 'n' groove as in "Hopkins" or "Ride", "Tree of Life And Death" simply tears everything to pieces with its ultra-heavy guitar sound and fierce vocals courtesy of Lee Dorrian. The centerpiece of it all certainly is the 27-minute-long mammoth epos "The Garden" that almost bursts with such a wealth of ideas and changes in atmosphere that other bands probably couldn't come up with on a whole album. Using every stylistic device from female vocals up to violins and embedding it all in that typical CATHEDRAL brand of doom, "The Garden of Unearthly Delights" is a treat for every fan of the band, old and new alike.
The follow-up to 2002's "The VIIth Coming", "The Garden of Unearthly Delights" will once again feature the epic artwork of long-standing CATHEDRAL sleeve artist Dave Patchett.
"The Garden of Unearthly Delights" track listing:
01. Dearth AD 2005
02. Tree of Life & Death
03. North Berwick Witch Trails
04. Upon Azrael's Wings
06. Fields Of Zagara
07. Oro, The Manslayer
08. Beneath a Funeral Sun
09. The Garden
10. Proga - Europa (hidden track)