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Experimental/Post Metal

4.05 | 917 ratings

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4 stars I hesitated between 4 and 5 stars, but I felt like this deserves the 5. By far my favorite release of this year, We're Here Because We're Here is very reminiscent of Pink Floyd, yet I'd say that they're much more subtle. Of course, I'm not trying to draw comparisons between the two, but stylistically this album seems to take quite a bit from Pink Floyd.

Regardless, Anathema is well-known for its melancholic, depressing songs. After all, the group's roots were in doom/gothic metal, and they were pioneers of the genre. This album, however, seems to be quite more upbeat while somehow still retaining that gloomy feel of their earlier works.

The album flows seamlessly, like nearly all of Anathema's previous albums, but the recurring imagery and symbols makes this quite a treat. Each track feeds into the next, giving some sort of unified stitching to the album, but the tracks still can serve as separate entities; if one wishes to hear just one of the songs, it can be taken out of context. The real treat, though, is listening to the album as whole, and the individual tracks still then mesh together very well.

I was fairly surprised when I heard this album because I didn't expect something like this from the group. I had heard Judgment prior to this album, and while it was great, I didn't think that they would make an album like this, which lyrically, symbolically, and structurally different from Judgment.

I'd recommend this album to anyone who enjoys atmospheric music. It manages to hold all of the qualities of that genre while never losing the interest of the listener.

Mystery | 4/5 |


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