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3.07 | 17 ratings | 3 reviews | 35% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2006

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Downward Spiral Into Madness (5:28)
2. Complete Demise (4:29)
3. Better Grieved Than Fooled (5:57)
4. The Great Juggler (6:00)
5. Cold Heart Forged in Hell (5:00)
6. I Would Dream of Blood (5:30)
7. Disobedience Pays (5:19)
8. Children's Laughter (1:44)
9. Renunciation (5:44)
10. The Conductor's Departure (8:29)

Total Time 53:40

Line-up / Musicians

- Fredrik Schälin / Vocals, Guitar
- Andreas Allenmark / Guitar
- Henrik Drake / Bass
- Conny Pettersson / Drums

Releases information

CD Wicked World / Earache (2006)

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ANATA The Conductor's Departure ratings distribution

(17 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(35%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(29%)
Good, but non-essential (18%)
Collectors/fans only (18%)
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Review by UMUR
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2 stars "The Conductorīs Departure" is the 4th full-length studio album by Swedish technical death metal act Anata. The album was released through Wicked World (a subsidary to Earache Records) in June 2006.

The music on the album is technical death metal with enough twists and turns to keep even the most experienced fan of the genre busy. The playing on the album is astonishing to say the least. The sound production is powerful and detailed too so that part of the album is well functioning. If you ask me thereīs one major issue with "The Conductorīs Departure" though and itīs a pretty serious issue. The songwriting is patchy. By patchy I mean that the tracks contain multible riffs and sections and tempo- and time signature changes in spades but itīs like thereīs no master plan. The riffs succeed each other in an endless stream without leaving and impact and the tracks generally lack memorability and hooks. After the album ends all I can remember is that the band are extremely well playing and that the album is well produced. I canīt remember any of the tracks. Anata are as such original sounding on "The Conductorīs Departure" (which is something they lacked on their first couple of more generic sounding US influenced death metal releases), but being original doesnīt always mean you are able to deliver something thatīs catchy and enjoyable to listen to.

One of the things that could have worked well is the way Anataīs two guitarists compliment each other. There are almost no unison playing on the album. At all times the two guitars play different things. The problem is that it sometimes sound like the two guitars are playing the riffs from two different tracks at the same time. It sounds very confusing and when you add to that the almost constant tempo- and time signature changes, the soundscape becomes too busy for itīs own good. Weīre talking death metal here and I expect brutality and relentless raw power, but as a consequence of all the twists and turns on this album, the music feel powerless. Add to that a very monotone growling vocal delivery and thereīs just very little thatīs interesting on "The Conductorīs Departure" besides the impressive technical level of the musicianship. A 2.5 star (50%) rating is warranted.

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5 stars "... the songs contain multible riffs and sections, tempo- and time signature changes in spades but itÂīs like thereÂīs no master plan. The riffs succeed each other in an endless stream and the songs completely lack memorability and hooks. After the album finishes all I can remember is that ... (read more)

Report this review (#992968) | Posted by VOTOMS | Saturday, July 6, 2013 | Review Permanlink

2 stars This album makes me look at their debut album with nostalgic, misty eyes. For once; an album title truly reflects the essence of an album. The true Anata has departed on this album. What we get is stew of bland hardcore and thrash/heavy metal with some hints of death and progressive metal. If ... (read more)

Report this review (#248345) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Friday, November 6, 2009 | Review Permanlink

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