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
4.5/5 ·
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"A Fine Day To Exit" is the third incredible release by ANATHEMA in a row. This is a concept album about a man who has come to the conclusion that the only way out is suicide. Hence the title "A Fine Day To Exit". Of course the cover art gives the impression that he has drowned himself but on the final track we hear our subject walking away from the water muttering to himself like he's lost his mind. Actually the part where he yells "What about cats, what about dogs, what about chickens !" was done by drummer John Douglas when he was out hiking one day with his tape recorder shouting random things. I've never been big on concept albums but this one is killer simply because the songs are all so amazing. That final track though called "Temporary Peace" is heart-breakingly beautiful early on with the sound of waves in the background. The Doom style is now gone but the next album will drag us back into that river of melancholy.
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