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Judgement
Anathema
Judgement
Genres: Alternative Rock, Metal
 
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Limited edition pressing (15,000 copies worldwide) of the 1999 & fifth album by the acclaimed gothic metal act in a digipak with the bonus track 'Transacoustic' added. 14 cuts in all.

     
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All Artists: Anathema
Title: Judgement
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Mfn
Release Date: 9/20/1999
Album Type: Import
Genres: Alternative Rock, Metal
Styles: Goth & Industrial, Death Metal
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1

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Limited edition pressing (15,000 copies worldwide) of the 1999 & fifth album by the acclaimed gothic metal act in a digipak with the bonus track 'Transacoustic' added. 14 cuts in all.

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Easily the strongest effort by Anathema to date...
M-Life | Denver, CO | 04/09/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Anathema, a band that has progressed from their slow, doom metal beginnings with the grunts and moans of Darren White to a more alternative, straight-forward rock, almost Radiohead-sounding at times band.

I won't review each song individually so please read the below.

High points:
- Vincent Cavanagh's vox on this record never seem to dwindle at points as they did on past efforts such as "Eternity."
- Great songwriting. I must stress that this album MUST BE listened to in it's entirety for full effect.
- Cohesiveness/flow - The songs flow together really well as the band has seemed to sew up that lack of cohesiveness demonstrated on the "Alternative 4" album (still a good album though).
- Production/sound - All instruments on "Judgement" are audible and sound great. Mixing and mastering are done to a tee.

Low points:
- The lyrics at certain points. Historically, Anathema's lyrics are either very strong or mediocre and somewhat contrieved. There never seems to be an in-between and there's no difference here. Sometimes they go too far in emulating their idols, Pink Floyd, by seemingly stealing their lyrics. "Hey you, rotting in your alcoholic shell...?"
- Weakest link in the album flow is "Don't Look Too Far." Not a bad song at all by it's own merits (not filler). Personally, it's just never appealed to me and grabbed me in a way the rest of the songs on the album do.

The minor lyrics issues aside, this is a must buy album. That being said, if you want to hear some beautifully-crafted music, get this now! It's by far Anathema's best work I've heard thus far. I just completed my collection by picking up "The Silent Enigma" and "A Natural Disaster" and have yet to really LISTEN to these albums.

Bottom line: If you only own only one Anathema album, make "Judgement" the one.

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