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A NATURAL DISASTER

Anathema

 

Experimental/Post Metal

3.86 | 389 ratings

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b-beasley
4 stars After buying this album, I listened to it once, halfway through, and was disinterested, so I put it back on my shelf and forgot about it for a few months.|

Then, one night, I decided that I should give it another shot. So, I slid it into my CD player, put my headphones on, and pressed play.

Immediately, I was shocked. "How the hell did I not appreciate this when I first listened?" I asked myself. As the first track, 'Harmonium' floated over me, the melancholic voice and swilring guitar and synths put me in a state of mind usually created by such bands as PINK FLOYD.

The music is quite FLOYD-like, but I also hear similarities to RADIOHEAD, and even COLDPLAY. However, there is a definate prog flavour, and in my mind this band is far better than RADIOHEAD. Why they have not had more commercial success is strange to me.

The next few tracks continued the wonderful sensation, and when I got to 'Closer', the third track, I knew that this was going to be an album that was going to get repeated plays.

'Pulled Under at 2000 Metres a Second' is a bit of a throwback to the band's early days as doom metal, but it is no less of a great song, and Danny's voice becomes more aggressive, but no less emotional.

The album ends with 'Violence', the most progressive track on the album. It is ten minutes in length, and it is beautiful. Filled with emotion, and going from soft, piano interludes to powerful, guitar-driven sections. A wonderful instrumental track, and a perfect way to close the album.

This album is especially good for times when you are feeling don or depressed. The music suits the mood, and is best played on rainy days, or very late at night. Anathema have made an excellent album, and I look forward to their next outing.

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