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    Posted: April 15 2015 at 00:14
K-Scope is having a sale on pretty much the entire Anathema catalog, both on CD and vinyl:  https://www.burningshed.com/store/kscope/collection/5/

I have only their last three (their latest excluding Falling Deeper), so it seems it might be a good time to collect some more.  I'm certain to get everything from Eternity through A Natural Disaster (on CD).  I'm less certain on The Silent Enigma and especially Serenades, being solely doom metal and (apparently) little to no prog.  That being said, I do like some doom metal and can generally tolerate, if not particularly appreciate, harsh vocals.

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I personally have never enjoyed their offerings after A Fine Day to Exit, too soft and mellow for me personally. My favorite of theirs is The Silent Enigma, I highly recommend it if you do enjoy doom metal. That and Serenades are among my favorite doom albums. It's pretty atmospheric, so in ways it does have a few qualities of their later albums. Smile 
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`The Silent Enigma' is ferocious! Vincent doesn't excatly growl, but there's this feral, scratchy harsh quality to his voice. It's a great, plodding gloomy dirge-like metal album, with plenty of proggy ambitions starting to emerge. Highly recommended!

`Crestfallen' (the debut EP) and `Serenades' are more pure doom metal, but there's nice acoustic interludes, and the later even has a very somber synth/orchestrated extended drone to close on. Both have rather beautiful, sadly romantic lyrics, which bring an unexpected fragile quality to them.

If they're dirt cheap, grab all of those ones!

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote richardh Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 15 2015 at 01:34
Judgement , A Natural Disaster and A Fine Day To Exit are all good although Weather Systems and Were Here Because Were Here soundly trounce them in my book. I don't have anything earlier though. I have a feeling I picked up Judgement and A Natural Disaster on one of those 2 on 1 box sets so its worth looking out for that if you can find it.
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Listen to what you get first before thinking of going further back in time. If you like Alt-fore and Etermity you can then get The Silent Egnima and then perhaps Sarah Nades and the Crestlaffen EP. 

If, as a result, you miss the K-Scope sale you can still pick up those three cheaply on Amazin.

Personally The Silent Egnima is my favourite Anathelma album, but that's just me.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote richardh Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 16 2015 at 01:49
Yep true about Amazon and I've just ordered Silent Enigma from one of their sellers ( The CD + DVD version) for a reasonable price. It might take a week or so for it to come but if this thread is still alive at that time I will give my opinion on it.
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If Judgment does the trick for you, then certainly also Alternative 4, hardly a weak moment on that
release, rocking but sophisticated stuff...
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Listened to Silent Enigma over the weekend. I would say tentatively that I quite liked it. The growling is not that overdone and there is a richness to the sound. I would need several listens to really see how it would settle though. Hard to compare to more recent Anathema obviously. Oh and some nice female vocal bits if I recall correctly.
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Originally posted by richardh richardh wrote:

Listened to Silent Enigma over the weekend. I would say tentatively that I quite liked it. The growling is not that overdone and there is a richness to the sound. I would need several listens to really see how it would settle though. Hard to compare to more recent Anathema obviously. Oh and some nice female vocal bits if I recall correctly.
I tend to regard Silent Enigma as one of a pair with My Dying Bride's Turn Lose the Swans ... both being of not-dissimilar UK gothic/doom metal albums that, along with Paradise Lost's  Draconian Times and Opeth's Orchid, marked 1995 as pivotal year for metal in musical direction and in the toning-down of the death metal growl into something more sonorous (and, it has to be said, more intelligible).
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