ANATHEMA — A Fine Day to Exit (review)

ANATHEMA — A Fine Day to Exit album cover Album · 2001 · Non-Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
2/5 ·
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Anathema in every album search for a different sound, with "A Fine Day To Exit" they try to combine Pink Floyd with Radiohead and alt rock in general.

I initially overrated this, I thought it was going to be a masterpiece. It turns up it's still a great album, full of surprising and appealing moments, some fantastic songs, satisfying musicianship. It also is one of my favorite albums of this band. Like any album, it does have some weak songs and moments: "Temporary Peace" is a very dull song, and I can't see to many good qualities, except mabe the relaxing sound of waves in the background. Also some other tracks are kind of forgettable and not so appealing. But enough for all the bad qualities!

The first three songs of the album are absolutely amazing: "Pressure" has a simple but great and catchy melody, "Release" is one of the most powerful and deep songs of the band, and "Looking Inside Outside" seems like it could come out of "Alternative 4" Not to forget "Panic", a good concert song, and a great piece. The title track is also one of the band's most unappreciated gems, very powerful indeed.

There is, even though not as highlighted and obvious as in their previous efforts, always an atmosphere of calm despair, a beautiful hymn to man's darkest thoughts and fears, narrated with such mellowness that it blows my mind all the time.

In conclusion, a fine album, very enjoyable and pleasant, an excellent addiction to anyone who loves prog metal or doom metal.
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