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Experimental/Post Metal

3.92 | 568 ratings

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3 stars Somber sadness.

While not being overly progressive here, Anathema has tapped into their song-writing genes and continue to craft melancholic, spiritual like tracks. Again it is mostly slow, prodding music that can get under your skin if you let it. This album has more Pink Floyd qualities than Radiohead influences because of the darker themes and subtle changes from A Fine Day to Exit.

The most unique track is perhaps Closer, which reminds me of Ulver with regard to electronic and vocal experimentation (not with style) and the effect created is very sci-fi in quality. There is another cringeworthy rocker on this one, much like Panic was on the previous album. The female vocals on the title track feel very soothing and have a nature quality to them. My personal favorite track is Flying, which combines many of Anathema's elements for one very emotional song.

I like this album more than A Fine Day to Exit, as it's the only album they have which has an equivalent sound. Again, this is not really progressive metal at this stage, and borders more towards art rock/progressive pop than anything else. Again, a very talented and artistic band that for whatever reason never gained much of a fanbase.

OpethGuitarist | 3/5 |


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