Forest of Equilibrium

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Forest of Equilibrium
Studio album by Cathedral
Released December 6, 1991 (1991-12-06)
Recorded July–August 1991
Studio Workshop Studios, Redditch, England
Genre Doom metal
Length 54:09
Label Earache
Producer PBL, Lee Dorrian, Gary Jennings
Cathedral chronology
In Memorium EP
Forest of Equilibrium
The Ethereal Mirror
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]

Forest of Equilibrium is the debut album of the British doom metal band Cathedral, released in 1991 on Earache Records. It is considered a classic of its genre, doom metal.[2]

In 2009, Earache Records reissued the album along with four "bonus" songs that comprise the long out-of-print 1992 Soul Sacrifice EP. This deluxe digipak reissue also includes a poster of Dave Patchett's cover art and a new 40-minute documentary entitled "Return to the Forest" on DVD.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Picture of Beauty & Innocence (Intro)/Commiserating the Celebration" Lee Dorrian Garry Jennings 11:16
2. "Ebony Tears" Dorrian Jennings 7:46
3. "Serpent Eve" Mark Griffiths Jennings, Adam Lehan 7:40
4. "Soul Sacrifice" Griffiths Jennings 2:54
5. "A Funeral Request (Ethereal Architect)" Griffith, David Park Barnitz Lehan 9:17
6. "Equilibrium" Dorrian Jennings 6:08
7. "Reaching Happiness, Touching Pain" Dorrian Jennings 9:08



Additional musicians[edit]

Technical personnel[edit]

  • PBL – production
  • Mark Tempest – engineering
  • Dave Patchett – sleeve artwork
  • Jason Tilley – photos
  • J. Barry – layout


  1. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. Cathedral: Forest of Equilibrium at AllMusic. Retrieved September 17, 2016.
  2. ^ "The Depths Of Doom," 2006, p. 52.
  3. ^ "CATHEDRAL: 'Forest Of Equilibrium' Reissue To Include 40-Minute Documentary". Retrieved 1 May 2016. 


  • "Doom Top Tens: The Depths Of Doom" (2006). Terrorizer, 144, 52–53.