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Experimental/Post Metal

2.31 | 206 ratings

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2 stars I bought this CD as part of a serenades/crestfallen double CD mainly to complete my Anathema collection. Like on the Crestfallen EP, this is doomdeath with occasional melodic passages.

Songs again are sometimes good, sometimes average. "Lovelorn Rhapsody" is probably the less melodic song on the album (and my least favorite, too bad it's the opening song). On "Sweet Tears", the melody starts to take shape (though the lyrics could have been better - "the weeping willow is weeping" anyone?). The album trademark is called "J'ai Fait Une Promesse": musically, it's a beautiful song with the same vocalist as on "Everwake"; lyrically, there is something that really bothers me - it is sung in french but myself, as a french person, couldn't understand half of the lyrics! "They (Will Always) Die" is the same song as on Crestfallen but with an orchestral ending. "Sleepless" is maybe one of the best known songs of early Anathema. After a passage of again pure doomdeath, the album ends with the strange dreamy "Dreaming: The Romance", a 23+ minutes long instrumental, very nice way to cool down after all those death metal growls... too bad it's the same 5 minutes repeated 5 times.

Rating: 67/100

zaxx | 2/5 |


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