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Anathema : All Faith is Lost

In spring '91, Anathema decided to record their second demo. Their first one, called 'An Iliad of Woes', did not get them a record deal. But this one would. When Hammy of Peaceville records heard this demo, he signed the lads of Anathema for a record deal, luckily. Otherwise the world maybe wouldn't have heard their great following releases.

The demo consists of four tracks. The first one is 'Crestfallen' and also appears on their latter EP 'Crestfallen'. The last one is 'They Die', which also appears on the aforementioned EP and on the debut full-length 'Serenades'. Both songs are hearably recorded earlier than the versions we all know. Production is a bit rough, Darren's voice sounds heavy as always, but the guitar sound is not that well.

The second song on this demo is called 'At One With the Earth' and is rather a plain death-metal song, which is normal if you consider the scene in England at that moment. Even the band logo has a far more "deathish" look to it (have a look on their homepage). 'At One With the Earth' is rough, hard, fast and heavy. The first time I played the song to a friend, he was taking guesses into the Six Feet Under or even Cannibal Corpse directions. He apparently did not recognize Darren's typical voice and was mislead by the raging guitar work and the double-bass drums.

The third song is the title track of the demo, 'All Faith is Lost'. This song is a bit more in the typical Anathema vein again. Slow, mournful, heavily loaden with dark emotions and hypnotizing. You can hear clearly where Anathema is going from here. 'Serenades' is nothing more than a logical evolution: The same talented band, but with money and time to write and record good songs. This demo is definitely worth having!

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Crestfallen
2. At One with the Earth
3. All Faith Is Lost
4. They Die

Duration : Approx. 25 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Arnstein H. Pettersen
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