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I'm a longtime contributor to MTV, Billboard, Alternative Press and MovieWeb. I've worked as on-air reporter, host, writer and producer for MTV, MSNBC and E!. I have provided opinion and commentary to programs on VH1, IFC, G4, Fuse, Current and Oxygen. I have written for Huffington Post, Premiere, OC Weekly, SFGate.com, NextMovie.com, MTV's television and movie blogs and other publications. I am the founder of Superhero Productions, providing broadcast, online and aftermarket content for a number of clients including Lionsgate, Sony and Warner Bros. I personally handle artist management for a handful of bands. "Ryan Downey has established a history of breaking some good scoops in the last few years, and you could certainly do worse than bookmark [him] to check in on." -- Ain't It Cool

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Decibel Hall of Fame: Cathedral, Forest of Equilibrium


Lee Dorian's voice rules. The sludgey, powerful, near-death metal like stoner dirges rule. I'm a bigger fan of the album that came out two years later, The Ethereal Mirror, but this album is a benchmark for the genre and a true classic. I'd put it close to seminal works by My Dying Pride and Paradise Lost (two of my favorite metal bands) in my book. It's incredible how many branches grew from the Napalm Death tree. Lee Dorian was in Napalm Death! Craziness. He's still dooming on with his Rise Above Records imprint (which is putting out a split EP with The Gates Of Slumber, I'm told). Amazing record.


Anonymous said...

Were you briefly the singer for the band Time in Malta? Also, did you write the biography of the same band for All Music Guide?

Ryan J. Downey said...

Are you anonymous?

the bear said...

Amazing album. So good.