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Experimental/Post Metal

4.03 | 866 ratings

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3 stars A Weak Autumn (5/10)

Ok, so this album have 102 ratings and only one review? For those not familiar with anathema they passed through a "silent" period from 2004 with " A natural desaster" until 2010 with the dubious "We're here because we're here". The transition on this "silent" period is drastic. Gone is the touching hopelesness, the depressive mood. The new (WHBWH) anathema was in a happy world, there was a sense of reconstruction after the storm, an overly positive message. Their previous album were like "ok, your're happy now, your're free now but you really have to be so cheesy to express that?"Yes! In my humble opinion Anathema crossed a thin line wich they walked above even in the metal epoch: the cheesy feelings. Someone who always complains about don't last to much before gets boring but Anathema crossed the cheesy bord just a few times, but un the last album it was inevitable, with a somewhat AA speech (saved, light, new horizons). So this is Wather systems, a perfect follow up album, filled with cheerful moments. The fist song repeats "And my love will never die/and my feelings will always shine"! Really guys? But it gets better, on "the storm before the calm" they cry "Never, never, never, never ever, never leave you I will, I will, always, always be here for you". Only one word: cheesy. This album is filled with empty love words and promisses, as if they revisited their metal albuns and shout "we're not like that anymore". Ok, it's good to grow up but they had quite mature albuns like "A natural desaster" and a fine day to exit", both lyrically and musically. Here we got a bunch of teenager love mixed with a quite generic post rock, at last a lttle bit more diversificated from "WHBWH" (wich rested upon a positive "wall of sound" with many melodies alogether and no coherence), but nothing more than dozens of other post-rock bands has'nt done better. The songs are very similar and previsible, except for "Internal Landscapes", wich put all the elements on the album (acoustic guitars, wall of sounds, vocal constrasts, build ups) in a perfect flow. Other good moments of the album are "Untouchable, Part 1", that introduces us to every single element that we'll hear though the whole album and "The beggining and the end". If "WHBWH" was the summer (a bright sun in the cover, all the metaphores of light), this is autumn, still cheerful but slower, mellower, a little bit more cohesive (Steven Wilson done a 5 stars work here), but still missing consistence, that incredible soundwriting that always flew from the Cavanagh-Dougas brothers. I hope winter brings something really powerful from them. 2,5 stars rounding 3.

PostIndian | 3/5 |


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