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3 stars 1995 was a prolific year for "Anathema". Not only did they release a full length studio album, but they also recorded this "Pentecost III" EP.

Actually, since it lasts for over forty minutes, it can as well be considered almost as a standard album. Still, bearing in mind the music offered by this band so far (doom with growls); this shorter format is probably not a bad idea for my old prog ears.

It is difficult to propose an original review about this band (so far) because their music is so much predictable than one has to say almost the same. But things will soon get better.

Cabanagh is not yet in charge of the vocal department but we'll see in "Silent Enigma" released the same year that it didn't change anything to the "style". At least, from time to time, Daren is whispering his words instead of growling them. If only he could have done this for the whole work!

As I have said in prior reviews, their instrumental parts are damned good and oppressive, dark and passionate. In one word: excellent! This can be experienced again during the long opening track: "Kingdom" which is a great doom number. It is on the very slow edge and solidly heavy. And for once, vocals are almost decent. This is an excellent start for sure.

To be completely honest, there are several signs of hopes featured on this EP, but the major switch will be for later. Still, the change is already latent (even "Mine Is Yours To Drawn In" is more bearable than their usual production).

The long "We, The Gods" is extremely slow during the intro and it becomes a more classic "Anathema" song after this. Even some "prog" metal lines can be observed for a while and the instrumental finale is just gorgeous.

The last two tracks are pretty much dispensable IMHHO. Still, I would rate this album (sorry, this long EP) with three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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