Anathema - The Silent Enigma (CD, Album)

Untouchable Resonance Resonance 2 Hindsight Falling Deeper Hidden categories: Use British English from October Use dmy dates from October Articles with short description Short description is different from Wikidata Articles with hAudio microformats Album articles lacking alt text for covers. Namespaces Article Talk. This album naturally progresses from that style, taking a big step towards the romantic, prog-laden atmospheric metal that the band would unfold on their Eternity album.

First track 'Restless Oblivion' enters with a dreamy intro of clean guitars and gentle keyboards, before exploding into a kickass opening riff. I wholeheartedly believe that this first riff is the best moment on the album; the guitar tone is thick and heavy, the bass is nice and loud, and an angry, dominating mood swells.

Overall, this track is significantly more aggressive and epic than anything from Serenades , which was more weeping, funereal, and solemn. Unfortunately, the rest of the album fails to continue on in such a fashion. From there on out, the album alternates between two different styles; astral sounding, keyboard-laden atmospheric doom with screamed vocals, and very ambiguous, dreamy ambient sections of keyboards, clean guitars, and weeping "gothic" spoken vocals.

I want to emphasize the album as a whole as being ambiguous, because it seems as if the band really struggled to decide what they wanted to play, and that is ultimately why I have rated the album at such a mid-grade level. For example, fifth track 'Nocturnal Emission' starts off with a nice doomy riff, but then drops off to some weird gothic rock-inspired stuff with spoken vocals.

It never builds back up to the level of its opening riff, nor does it lead to anything that keeps my interest.

The same problem occurs in the track that follows, 'Cerulean Twilight'. The track, in its entirety, is build up that teases the brink of leading to something big, but never actually reaches it. The distorted guitars return with some harsh growls, but it more or less provides only a texture without ever becoming an actual guitar riff. Then, pure interlude tracks 'Alone' and 'Black Orchid' are practically filler pieces which are only good for skipping over. The songs that are more metal-based are pretty decent.

The song structures are simplistic, and the distorted guitars create heavy textures that blend with the celestial synths and gloomy clean guitars. It's not very dark or aggressive, but the melodies sound nice and, when combined with the desperate harsh vocals, create a genuinely unique style that never sounds too much like any other band.

Closing track, 'A Dying Wish' , even carries on in the fashion of the albums opener, finally retaining some aggression and kicking up some thunderous up-tempo melo-death riffage. Aside from the ambiguity and lack of focus within the album, another flaw that I can't help but ignore is the vocal performance. Vincent's shouts and screams aren't bad, though some deeper death grunts would have added more intensity and darkened the sound tenfold.

The clean and spoken vocals are almost intolerable for me. The influence for the clean singing seems to had been taken directly from Celtic Frost 's Into the Pandemonium album, as almost all of the non-growled vocals are whiny, moaned, weepy spoken vocals. This element has always been a big drawback for me in Anathema's early works, and I have to say I find it even more obnoxious with Vincent's higher vocal range than with Darren's deeper, gravelly voice.

Though I'm sure I'm alone in this, I think a balance between deep death grunts and some bright, epic cleans could have really taken the album to a higher level than where it ends up being. Although my criticisms for the album may seem a tad harsh, I would like to reiterate that there are still some really good passages throughout the album. The heavier, doomy parts are damn good, and create some of the best guitar melodies that I feel one can find in the realm of the style as a whole, most specifically in 'Restless Oblivion' and 'A Dying Wish'.

In terms of similarity, the album itself is perhaps closest to The Gathering 's Mandylion album, mixed with Katatonia 's Dance of December Souls , both of which are albums that I highly regard. I think those who are deep into the more romantic, modern sounds of bands like Saturnus , Draconian , or Before the Rain , this album could be worth checking into, perhaps even essential.

Anathema shift genres on almost every album. This is their second album, coming after their debut 'Serenades' and 'Pentecost III' EP and already they'd changed styles to a degree between those releases. This album sees a change in vocalist too, so obviously this adds to a different sound.

Vincent Cavanagh has remained as lead vocalist ever since, but he sounds nothing like this these days. This is probably because back in 95 he was still trying to keep in touch with Anathema's doom roots, whereas now the band do whatever they want in whatever style they choose.

Seriously the only other band that I can think of that changed so dramatically is Fleetwood Mac! This album is a million miles away from their modern atmospheric prog rock sound yet no closer to 'Serenades' either. There is a prog element at work here, but truly unique to this album. Atmospheric, progressive, gothic, doomy, melancholic This album perhaps come closest to MDB's style, it has a similar gloomy atmosphere and slow, creepy riffs.

It even has some of the heaviness of that band but that's about as far as comparisons go. All 3 bands had started to branch off into their own realms by this point, Paradise Lost being the most accessible, MDB being the heaviest and Anathema drifting in between.

This album best exemplifies that, being neither too commercial nor ridiculously inaccessible. Vincent's vocals are a mixture of a melodic crooning, spoken word sort of and a semi-growl vaguely keeping the style of earlier works with Darren White on vocals.

Varied, but also slightly ill fitting at times. Lyrically, this typically deals with the familiar themes of lost love, darkness and misery.

A Dying Wish 9. Black Orchid. Restless Oblivion My paralyzed heart Is bleeding My love's torn apart Desire to be free A bleak garden to cry When my inamorato died Loveless so real Lifeline of mortality Condemned to misery Restless oblivion forever A bleak garden to cry When my inamorato died My visionary dreams are vanquished Aspirations fade away Reverence dies within A bleak garden to cry When my inamorato died 2.

Shroud Of Frost Undying odyssey I'm drowning in a sea of abused visions and shattered dreams In somnolent illusion I'm paralyzed Infinity distraction A pious human disorder Blind to passage of souls Conclusion from one remembrance Help me to escape I gaze through my window at a world lying under a shroud of frost.

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Our friendly multilingual customer service team will be happy to resolve your queries. Other Sellers on Amazon. Sold by: OxfordshireEngland. Have one to sell? The Silent Enigma - Studio Lyrics. Shroud Of Frost - Studio Lyrics. Alone Lyrics. Restless Oblivion Lyrics. Shroud Of Frost Lyrics. Sunset Of The Age Lyrics. Nocturnal Emission Lyrics. Cerulean Twilight Lyrics. However, White left in ; Vincent decided to act as Anathema's vocalist in addition to his guitarist function in the albums The Silent Enigma and Eternity , which were going into a more gothic metal direction.

In , John left the band, and was replaced by Shaun Steels for the album Alternative 4 Both Patterson and Steels left the same year, replaced by Dave Pybus and a returning John Douglas, while former My Dying Bride keyboardist and violinist Martin Powell also joined the band Daniel Cavanagh was also acting as the band's only keyboardist, and shared this position since.

"The Silent Enigma" is the last Anathema album that could be described as a doom/death album, although with this album Anathema’s music is already loosing a lot of their death metal influences, as they started to use a lot more clean vocals and spoken passages and there is more clean guitars than on their earlier albums.

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  1. Nov 16,  · Anathema = アナシマ* Anathema = アナシマ* - The Silent Enigma = ザ・サイレント・エニグマ ‎ (CD, Album) Peaceville, Music For Nations, Pony /5().
  2. The Silent Enigma represents a turning point in Anathema's career (it is the first album to feature guitarist Vincent Cavanagh singing lead vocals, replacing Darren White) and sees the band incorporating more clean vocals and melodic elements, while still retaining the band's early death-doom style. The album was originally titled Rise Pantheon Dreams, a title later used by White for his post Genre: Death-doom, gothic metal.
  3. 35 rows · May 16,  · referencing The Silent Enigma, CD, Album, RE, RM + DVD-V, RE, NTSC + /5().
  4. ANATHEMA lyrics - "The Silent Enigma" () album, including "Black Orchid", "A Dying Wish", "The Silent Enigma".
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  6. Under this line-up, Anathema released their first EP, The Crestfallen (), and their first album, Serenades (). However, White left in ; Vincent decided to act as Anathema's vocalist in addition to his guitarist function in the albums The Silent Enigma () and Eternity (), which were going into a more gothic metal direction.
  7. Album art "Lady in Milton's Comus" by Joseph Wright () used by kind permission of The Board of Trustees of National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside (Walker Art Gallery). Horsehead Nebula picture: Royal Observatory, Edinburgh / AATB / Science Photo Library.

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