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1.69 | 17 ratings | 3 reviews | 6% 5 stars

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Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Crestfallen 07:36
2. At One With the Earth 05:30
3. All Faith is Lost 06:46
4. They Die 05:57

Total playing time 25:49

Line-up / Musicians

- Darren White / vocals
- Jamie Cavanagh / bass, vocals
- John Douglas / drums
- Danny Cavanagh / lead guitars
- Vincent Cavanagh / guitars

Releases information

Self Releaseddemo tape, May 20th 1991
Recorded from the 17th to the 20th of May 1991 at M.A. Studios, Liverpool.Artwork by Ian Stead for Bio-Mass Art.
To the memory of Graham Emanuel

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ANATHEMA All Faith is Lost ratings distribution

(17 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(6%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(6%)
Good, but non-essential (24%)
Collectors/fans only (24%)
Poor. Only for completionists (41%)

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Review by TCat
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
1 stars This demo tape, released by the band, is quite a far cry from what they become. Of course, it is close to their original sound, that of doom/death metal with growling and unclear vocals. Their albums would show marked improvement, which is what you would expect, but even the demo songs here demonstrate the bands talent in the instrumentation department, but not so much in the lyrical and vocal aspects.

As a rule, I don't care for these growling or screaming vocals unless some emotion or some degree of musicality is present, as with Devin Townsend, Opeth or Orphaned Land. But this is not the case in the early Anathema demos and unfortunately in their first EPs and albums. The guitars and the drums here are decent enough, but the vocals and lack of emotion just don't appeal to me. It makes the music sound too much alike and it also takes away from the talent apparent in the rest of the band. These songs are all about darkness and depression, and become increasingly darker as they go on.

"Crestfallen" is the best song on here, it shows off the real talent of the band in instrumentation and emotion, but is still not the easiest thing to listen to, and the EP version would end up being better than this version. "At One with the Earth" and "All Faith is Lost" have awful vocals and cancel out any other sounds that may come from the band. "They Die" is a little bit better, but this one is also on "The Crestfallen" EP in a much better version. It still has the growly vocals I don't like, but again, the best part of the music is the instrumentation here also.

I would suggest not searching for the demo tapes, even if you are into death and doom metal, unless you are a completionist. If you like this kind of music, then look into getting "Serenades" or "The Silent Enigma" or the EP "The Crestfallen". If you like more experiemental or emotional music, then you definitely need to check out anything else by the band, because they are amazingly talented. Their clean vocals in everything released after "The Silent Enigma" don't take away from the music and their ingenuity is much more apparent.

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3 stars The more I listen to this album, the more I realise that I am wholly undecided as to what I think about this album. Whilst on the one hand, it is musically a complex album with amazingly simple lyrics surrounding the subjects of isolation and depression, the repetitive nature of the music and ... (read more)

Report this review (#289371) | Posted by island_dweller | Tuesday, July 6, 2010 | Review Permanlink

1 stars The second Anathema demo is a big step forward. The sound is so much better. So is the music too. This demo includes four tracks. Two of them was included on the They Die '7 and on the Crestfallen. These tracks is the rearranged versions of Crestfallen and They Die. The music on this demo ... (read more)

Report this review (#248337) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Friday, November 6, 2009 | Review Permanlink

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