|This album was Anathema's first succesful attempt to evolve towards a more melodic, atmospheric direction. The most important realisation for doom fans though, was the fact that they didn't do this by changing their sound radically, but rather by improving and perfecting their previous style.|
Darren White's vocals are not grunted any more. He uses a very characteristic, wailing singing style that was very original around the time of the release of this work. The only tracks on this album on which we can hear his famous grunt, are the aggressive and heavy 'Memento Mori' (which is a re-recorded track from the band's demo 'An Illiad of Woes') and the entertaining hidden punkmetal track '666'.
The lyrics are also very original and depressive, contributing to two of the saddest and most doomy tracks in the occidental music history: 'Kingdom' and 'We, the gods'. The endless building up of 'Kingdom', eventually leading to nowhere, creates an usually suffocating and nihilistic atmosphere, while the guitar work sends some first hints towards the evolution of the band's sound in the direction of Pink Floyd worshipping dark rock. This is, in my view, the absolute highlight on this album, although I'm sure that many a doom fan shall object to this, because of the presence of the other masterpiece, 'We, the gods'.
Many a doom fan considers this album the best Anathema ever composed -and they have very good reasons to do so.
2. Mine is Yours To Drown In (Ours Is the New Tribe)
3. We, The Gods
4. Pentecost III
5. Memento Mori
6. Nailed to the Cross / 666 (hidden track)
Duration : Approx. 41 minutes
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