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Experimental/Post Metal

3.10 | 254 ratings

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3 stars "The Silent Enigma" is somewhat a transitional album for Anathema. They are leaving the "doom metal" sound and becoming a gothic metal group.

From this album on, guitarist Vincent Cavanagh handles the vocal duties. As opposite to former vocalist Darren White, he actually sings (and also screams) avoiding those annoying (for me) "death" growls which were the signature on the band's earlier records.

This is the first Anathema's proper progressive metal release, however it stands far away from conventional prog metal. Most of the tracks features Sabbath-like riffs in a dark symphonic atmosphere. The exception being the gentle acoustic song "...Alone" sung by guest vocalist Rebecca Wilson.

People who stayed away from the first three records from Anathema should give "The Silent Enigma" a chance, it's not an essential prog-metal album but definitely an interesting listening.

Prosciutto | 3/5 |


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