Occasionally, they do threaten to break into song, but never actually get there. It really is such a tragic waste, this could have been a really good album, if only they'd employed a singer. Nice packaging too. This is when Anathema really begins to take their shape, taking elements from their doom days and adding on to those in a more melodic and stylistic manner. Cavanagh's vocals utilize both death like qualities as well as traditional style singing. The material isn't quite at the progressive stage yet, but there are considerable leaps from their previous album.
The most notable thing here being the increased presence of the clean electric and acoustic as well as the track A Dying Wish which has a riff that was used on a later album. It's heavy, but not so ultra-heavy as to alienate many like a more complicated band such as Meshuggah might.
The Black Sabbath references cited are poor choices, as this band really has little connection to them other than overall genre. This is my least favorite studio release, and the most mundane, as it sort of sits in the middle of the fence without especially being great. Not as atmospheric as later albums, nor as emotionally deep. Pick this one up last after the other ones.
Anathema's imminent change towards more laid-back atmospheric rock pops up here on plenty of occasions. For instance in the moody chord picking intro of Restless Oblivion and a clearly Fields of the Nephilim -inspired Nocturnal Emission.
There's also the acoustic pastoral moment Alone. As on the title track, also the influence from Celtic Frost is quite prominent. Some songs have a loose and lengthy structure, featuring melodious lead guitars and atmospheric synths. Elements that might win over the more gloomy prog fans here. The attention for atmospherics, the organic song development and the entrancing repetitive nature of the music would serve as a huge inspiration for Agalloch. Still, the dominant features of this album are the oppressively slow doom dirges and the gruff vocals, this time from Vincent Cavanagh.
It's a vocal style that suits him pretty well here. He doesn't have full control of his voice but he delivers with a unrelenting conviction. He would soon give it up this gruff style in favour of a more melodic approach. The Silent Enigma isn't on the same level as the breakthrough albums of Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride , but still it provides a good case why they were listed with those two other bands as the instigators of the doom death metal.
A good 10 years later, the American band known as Agalloch would take the rough material of this album, add some early Katatonia to it and mould everything into one of the most beautiful dark rock albums ever. Anathema Lyrics provided by SongLyrics. Note: When you embed the widget in your site, it will match your site's styles CSS. This is just a preview! All News Daily Roundup. Album Reviews Song Reviews. Song Lyrics. Album: The Silent Enigma Sunset of Age Lyrics 2. The Silent Enigma - Studio Lyrics 3.
The non-metal parts of the album are dull and boring at times. The metal parts are doomy and pretty interesting. Vincent Cavanagh takes over vocal duties from Darren White, the former being a much better vocalist. White did vocals in a very emotionless way while Cavanagh is the opposite, just listen to A Dying Wish. Also, he has a much better tone and sounds far more aggressive than White. There are no clean vocals on this one.
This was the last classic doom that Anathema released. With Eternity, the band decided to take another direction, away from doom. This was a real shame for had they gone the other way i. Essential for those who love doom. Conclusion: The above is recommended for download or purchase. Relaxing yet dull would be an apt description for Anathema's second album, The Silent Enigma.
Riding high on the merits of the previous and awesome if I may add EP Pentecost III, Anathema decide to continue the atmospheric streak in that work but also take most of the good elements out of it as well. The first notable difference is that there is no Darren White, instead we get a guy who thought Tom Warrior's vocals on Into the Pandemonium were super nifty and decided to ape them. Yeah the vocals suck balls, even though Darren was no great singer himself, his moaning and actual growling not pitchshifted talking Danny boy fit the dismal and melancholic sound that Anathema was shooting for.
While I believe shitty vocal performances do not necessarily make for shitty albums, the music here does not make up for it. But before I go all negative and critical, let me talk about the good.
First off production, two phrases: massive and 4ADish. Yes this album boasts a dreamy and somber soundscape that would be the envy of many a gothic doom band with songs about sad dreams relevant what say you? This definitely is what makes this album listenable and makes you occasionally ignore the droll and mundane songcraft. Also there's some cool riffs that pop up from time to time, but you usually get third-rate riffs bought at a Peaceville yardsale. But then we talk about the music.
First off structure is lacking, these songs just meander with the one exception being Silent Engima. Let's look at the opening track Restless Oblivion, begins ok with reverbed acoustics, builds into a heavy doom riff that maybe signifies this track might be killer and then blows it with some shitty noodling that goes through the verses returns to the doomage with the chorus and then repeats for another cycle and then goes to Then back to the cycle.
Not to mention you hear the chorus more times then you want to as you get hear him lament the loss of his Inamartu spelled it wrong, don't give a shit. Now repeat this formula 4 more times, throw in two non-Metal breaks, one song combining all the worst aspects of this album for 7 minutes which combines both the dull acoustic meanderings with the generic doom riffs and rent boy vocals, and then one cheesy single that got an even cornier video and you have a recipe for failure.
Oh and did I mention the bass player is horrid and they put the bass high in the mix so you can hear him failing to keep up with guitar parts? Way to go Anathema! Back to that poetry part, if you don't cringe and start hugging your Possessed records then you're a 14 year old fat emo chick who no one understands, except for Anathema of course. Lamenting lost loves in such bad taste and other such saccharine topics won't endear them to most men in long hair and denim vests, they at least aren't as bad as the next album.
I sounded maybe a bit too hard on this album but these pussies kind of deserve it. I heard it was rushed and most of the songs were written in the studio. The proof lies in the recording. While once in a blue moon and with some THC added, this album sounds alright but when sober and during the other days of the year, this work sounds dull and monotonous. I say your time is better spent listening to their earlier works All Faith is Lost demo forever!!!
Masterpiece, one could argue that Anathema has known almost nothing but since their inception. This album, in its many facets is a testament to their original sound and showed them pushing the Doom boundaries even further.
Today, this is still just as brilliant as it was when it came out. This is a pretty heavy album considering the amount of atmosphere contained within. The guitars have a unique take on the traditional lead and rhythm rolls.
This album really expands the concept of what they did with 'Serenades' and thrusts it into a new realm this is also the bands last album where the guitars are tuned to 'B'. The bass is good and does a good job of not following the guitars constantly. The drums are expertly played and executed. They're creativity only adds to the over all brilliance of this album.
This is also the first Anathema album to not feature original singer Darren White as well as the first to have rhythm guitarist Vincent Cavanagh sing. The guitars, vocals, and lyrics are incredibly emotional and full of longing and woe.
The lyrics are incredibly poetic and fairly intellectual. This is an epic and depressing recording, that is more straight forward than their previous effort. The music is loose yet tight and the song structures complicated.
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Please try again later. Verified Purchase. The picture disc record looks very nice. The cover is very basic. It's my fault because I did not know that the picture discs tend to sound bad or worse than your regular record. The A side sounds good, B side sounds bad. A lot of hiss on the B side and it seems to me that it sounds a bit muffled. Either though the record looks nice, I don't think I will buy more picture discs as I collect them to listen to them not to look at them or hang them on a wall.
This is an unexpected album. If you were looking for something towards Weather Systems then its not but it grows on you and you will end up enjoying it. David Wilson. Pentecost III The Silent Enigma Eternity Metal Storm. Cavanagh, Patterson, V.'The Silent Enigma' contained elements of acts such as Celtic Frost and emerged as a fine example of highly-atmospheric and often emotional gothic doom, spawning classic Anathema songs such as 'Restless Oblivion', 'Sunset of Age', 'The Silent Enigma' and 'A Dying Wish'.