Option - 5-6/97, p.89
"...at first blink the Liverpool quartet may sound like a Goth-metal hybrid....But the dense, cinematic production, symphonic-like keyboard arrangements and atmospheric guitar crescendos are of an older, more traditional flavor..."
Personnel: Vincent Cavanagh (vocals, guitar); Michelle Richfield (vocals); Daniel Cavanagh (guitar, keyboards); Duncan J. Patterson (bass guitar); John Enrico Douglas (drums).
Recording information: The Windings, Hrwd Valley, Wales (1996).
Although the British band Anathema left their traditional death metal sound behind on The Silent Enigma with guitarist Vincent Cavanagh taking over vocals duties from growler Darren White, the dark themes continue. Shifting their morbid focus from God-bashing and destruction, the chaps focus on suicide and the meaningless of life. The blistering guitars have been replaced by atmospheric keyboards making this come off as a twisted combination of Pink Floyd and Peter Gabriel, and there is even some spoken poetry here. As a whole, Anathema has proven that they are an original band, not content to repeat history. Unfortunately, there is a place in this world for such dark subject matter, and for those who care, Eternity fits the bill. ~ Robert Taylor