Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
(((ABSOLUTE MASTERPIECE OF DOOM METAL)))
Antonio Palacios | Perú | 08/13/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Serenades is a masterpiece in doom metal. The music its really hard, I read the reviews of other customers who say this album sound a bit repetitive and I disagree. Maybe other albums like ¨Memorandum¨ from Lacrimas profundere are more accesible with variety on voices and instruments, but Serenades is Classic Death/Doom metal (death metal vocals over slow dense guitar riffs). In this case Anathema show a beautiful sense of melody in tracks like ¨Lovelorn rapsody¨ and ¨Sleepless¨ On the other side they have songs like ¨They die¨ that is heavy, slow and raw. A must have for any metal enthusiast."
Masters of the misery
laughing_giraffe | Cheltenham, England | 12/07/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you've discovered Anathema through recent releases such as 'Judgement' & 'A Fine Day to Exit' you may find 'Serenades' a tough listen. Unlike the Pink Floyd, Jeff Buckley & Radiohead tones of today 'Serenades' has its roots firmly set in the English death-doom metal scene that was so popular in the early 1990s. If you can recall 'Turn Loose the Swans' era My Dying Bride & 'Gothic' era Paradise Lost then you'll know what's in store: slow, bludgeoning & gothic riffs with Darren White's take it or leave it vocals that fall somewhere between Glenn Benton's grunts (Deicide) & the melodramatic wailing of Thomas Gabriel Warrior (Celtic Frost).What made 'Serenades' superior to the competition at the time was the Cavanagh brothers' ability to come up with some ridiculous catchy riffs to give life to what could easily become a dirge. The chorus to 'Lovelorn Rhapsody' regally soars head & shoulders above everything else on the album, 'Je Fait...' is an indicator of the band's future direction, the verses to 'Sweet Tears' bounce along & 'Sleepless' is a tidy, if lyrically weak goth pop number. The only real moments of out & out introspective misery are 'Sleep in Sanity', a filler by anyone's measure, & the greatly superior 'Under a Veil'. If you want a real indicator of how miserable these guys can get then the extra tracks from The Crestfallen EP that are tagged onto the CD are even heavier, slower & more challenging.If you can cope with doom-death stuff from the early 1990s then you will find no finer album of its genre, but if you prefer the more melodic direction taken by the band in recent years I'd advise you begin with 'Judgement'."
Defining Doom Metal
HallofGods | Edgewater, NJ United States | 05/30/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I gotta say that this is one of my favorite doom metal albums. Slow and boring? Not at all. This is doom metal, folks, not speed metal, not pop rock, or pink floyd inspired rock (like later Anathema).
The first time I heard this many years ago, my knee-jerk reaction was that all songs sounded the same. But then again, I was coming from a Metallica background and didn't really understand what doom metal meant.
Each song on this album has a core doom riff as its core, which has a number of different elements, which may appear choppy to most. The whole song plays with the riff, building on it and with each progression smoothing out the riff until the whole song sounds more 'smooth' for lack of a better word. Of course the two guitars on each song play against each other sometimes offsetting sometimes complementing.
With each listen, you move beyond the superficial (some might call it the same boring riff), and dig deeper and discover different layers of the song.
Give this a try, you'll see what I mean. And do not try and compare this with their subsequent releases - its totally different - though the sound is still there.
Vocals are great with Darren White leading. They nicely complement the music. I believe this is the only album which he sang on.
Defining Doom Metal."