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Experimental/Post Metal

3.92 | 566 ratings

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Prog Leviathan
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4 stars Another progression in sound that shows the emotive professionalism and artistic song writing of Anathema-- "A Natural Disaster" is a beautiful, well orchestrated album from start to finish.

The band's playing is at its artistic peak throughout this album, with all members doing things with their respective instruments (or voice), which elevates them as musicians. They produce poignant soundscapes as well as powerful riffs on each album, the versatility of which is one of "Natural Disasters"s strongest points. However, the quite songs do steal the spotlight-- something that rarely happens when they are mixed in with such powerful, heavy ones.

Interestingly, Cavanagh's vocals, which have always been a trademark of the band, almost fade into the background of this album's sound... but the songs are so well played that the album retains its emotional impact even when his voice is absent. This is most evident on the tender/heavy closing song, "Violence", which is nothing if not elegant and touching.

All in all a different, and very successful change of pace for the band, and an album that is easy to fall in love with.

Songwriting: 4 Instrumental Performances: 4 Lyrics/Vocals: 4 Style/Emotion/Replay: 5

Prog Leviathan | 4/5 |


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