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Review: Anathema - A Fine Day To Exit
A Fine Day To Exit

Label: Koch Records
Year released: 2001
Duration: 62:33
Tracks: 9
Genre: Doom/Death

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: October 16, 2001
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Readers Rating
A Fine Day To Exit

Rated 3.86/5 (77.14%) (7 Votes)

This is Anathema's sixth full-length studio album and although I am not a big fan of their previous material, on some level this album deceptively sucks you in. You may start by not liking this at all but after a few spins it really starts to grow on you. My musical tastes lean more to the aggressive side of the spectrum so this album didn't appeal to me at first. I then gave it a second chance and really found myself getting into this. I don't know if I was just in the right mood to listen to something a little lighter but the more I listen to this the more I seem to like it.

The musicianship on this release is undeniably excellent and not just in a technical sense. You can literally feel the depth and intensity in the music. Another one of the highlights I noticed was the production. The album is absolutely crystal clear with every instrument getting a solid and definitive sound. You really can't deny the advances this band has made since the early days of albums like "Serenades". The ultra slow plodding music has been replaced slowly through each release and has found itself more and more accessible.

The talk circulating this band is that they are a metal version of Pink Floyd or Radiohead and I think this album will not change that opinion. They were the headliners of the first night at the Milwaukee Metal Fest but some people may wonder if Anathema is still a metal band. I would say they are as much metal as Amorphis or Sentenced is but whether they stay there is another question. With the last couple of releases they have gotten lighter and lighter (same for Amorphis and Sentenced…heh) and I think if they continue to stay on that track it may not be to long before they are no longer considered metal by the majority of metal fans.

Overall if you are an Anathema fan you will definitely like this one as well. Fans of the last few Amorphis, Sentenced or Lacuna Coil albums will also like this. Recommended

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