I figured I would get do a more detailed review of the first review I ever did on the metal archives “Eternity. Despite what some would tell you this is very guitar driven recording. In other words dont expect a heavy guitar driven metal album. Why not shed them, any which way we can…. It is great music, very good songs, no filler but could be seen as totally alienating the doom-death fanbase they created and continue do so more of this with later rock albums. Prog went on to be an important tool in their repertoire, with Floyd ian landscapes on Weather Systems and Distant Satellites. Lyrics often create a thought evoking atmosphere, and with lyrics like these who can blame anyone?
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There is a solid mix of acoustic and electric sounds, and of course, a solid dose ahathema keys several times in the form of classical piano.
Yer Metal Is Olde! Anathema – Eternity
The guitars are uninspired for large parts, the drums are lazy and lack invention and finally, the atmospheric styling that the instruments create can sometimes feel out of place, which hinders the progress of the music itself.
Anyone looking solely for heavy, slower doom riffs will not find much comfort in this release. Another great highlight on the album is Duncan Patterson’s use of chorus bass guitar. With the more mellow sound coming to the foreground, with use of acoustics and such to bring it forward, the vocals needed to change.
It seems this is an uncommon pick as more people point to Judgement but this was the beginning of everything they would go on to become. The melodies and vocals are very haunting and rather ethereal at times. The songs on this album range from slow to mid-paced and are pretty solo laden. The use of chorus is also commonly heard in the electric guitars as well. I consider this a very good CD, one of Anathema’s best and would recommend it to anyone not just looking for heavy metal.
The latter was starting to use a cleaner aesthetic, closer to typical rock music which suited the sound they would adopt. So why this doom and this death then? It is a case of trying to run before you can crawl. I, on the other hand, am resentful of it, in a way. I’m here to say that “Eternity” is one of the most essential and underrated gothic metal albums to listen to.
There are some solos more leads really here and there. The duality of density and delicacy is something which has gone on to characterize Anathemaeven in their arguably excessively sensitive and sentimental current form. This album is a journey through the emotionally distraught mind of this band. Prog went on to be an important tool in their repertoire, with Floyd ian landscapes on Weather Systems and Distant Satellites. It certainly helps that Eternity is thoroughly engrossing throughout: A site which chronicles all the genres of heavy metal music.
As mentioned before it has a lot of atmosphere that are so depressing and very memorable to listen to. The tones and feel more naturally suit the heavier passages, leaving the softer acoustic guitars and keyboards lacking precision and purity.
Much more atmospheric is this release, although in a different way from their previous style.
In fact, I performed a short version of “Far Away” from one of my ensemble classes show. Write your own review.
Anathema – Eternity – Reviews – Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives
From its beautiful piano parts, the gothic sounding organ heard in “Far Away,” to the atmospheric landscapes of sound effects heard in songs like “Hope,” “Eternity Pt. In general, the reviews for this record on Metal Archives and other sites are relatively positive if not full of praise for this record.
Anathema have pretty well abandoned most of their old doom-death roots with eterhity release, Eternity. He even sings even higher in “Suicide Veil” where it showed a lot pain and emotion to the climax of the Song. It was the album for which the band starts to abandon their death-doom sound.
The acoustic interludes, passages and harmonies are strongly evocative without the sappiness of later material — evoking despondency, distance and aching beauty. VaibhavjainAugust 2nd, This is probably my favorite part of the record as it is so atmospheric.
Their deathy innards stripped away, this mid-era is what some regard as their strongest output given they retained their anaathema and evocative atmosphere but with subtler music.