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Anathema : Crestfallen

The lads from Anathema, at this point still twenty-year olds or there about, got themselves a four-record deal with Peaceville in 1992. This EP was their first official release, and what a release it has turned out to be. I still cannot quite grasp how have they managed to make such a mature piece of work, considering their tender age at that point in time. Please note, however, that as hard as I may try, this may well be a subjective review because Anathema are one of my early doom-metal loves.

In any case, the 'Crestfallen' EP consists of five songs, each beautiful in its own way. The tempo of the songs is slower than on the demos and the seven inch single of 'They Die'; the title track is about three minutes longer, 'They Die' is a minute longer. The production isn't the best I've heard, but it thankfully does not affect the music in a negative way.

'Everwake' is a slow acoustic piece that reveals a gentle side of Anathema, with Ruth's innocent, crystal clear vocals. 'Crestfallen' is a ten minute epic with a piano intro and a combination of clean and growling vocals, while 'The Sweet Suffering' has a stunningly dark atmosphere and some great lyrics as well. I must not forget the incredibly bittersweet '...And I Lust', the opening track.

In short, simply an impressive EP for such a young band. If you consider yourself a doom-death fan, you should own this one. Period.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. ...And I Lust
2. The Sweet Suffering
3. Everwake
4. Crestfallen
5. They Die

Duration : Approx. 25 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Bojan Janjanin
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