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Release date: 1 October 2001
Style: Atmospheric rock


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01. Pressure
02. Release
03. Looking Outside Inside
04. Leave No Trace
05. Underworld
06. Barriers
07. Panic
08. A Fine Day To Exit
09. Temporary Peace

2015 Remaster Edition:
01. A Fine Day
02. Release
03. Leave No Trace
04. Underworld
05. Pressure
06. Panic
07. Breaking Down The Barriers
08. Looking Outside Inside
09. A Fine Day To Exit
10. Temporary Peace

Lyrics (9)

Vincent Cavanagh - vocals, guitars
Daniel "Danny" Cavanagh - guitars, keyboards, vocals on "Barriers"
John Douglas - drums
Les Smith - keyboards

Session musicians
Dave Pybus - bass (except tracks 3 & 4)
Lee Douglas - vocals on "Barriers"

Additional info
Produced by Nick Griffiths.
Recorded at the Windings & Chapel Studios. Additional recording made from demos made at Crush Studios.
Recording engineers: Pete Brown, Nick Griffiths, Les Smith.
Assisted by Martin Wilding, Will Bartle, Ewan Davies.
Mix engineer: Colin Richardson.

Artwork by Travis Smith.

Recorded at the Windings & Chapel Studios; additional recordings kept from demos made at Crush Studios.

There is a hidden track (2:59) after "Temporary Peace" (only on the CD version, the 12" version just fades out after Temporary Peace).

Re-released on 180 grams double vinyl by Peaceville Records in 2011, both limited to 2000 copies.

Guest review by
John P. Dunphy

Anathema, hailing from Liverpool, England started its career within the burgeoning Doom Metal scene of the early 1990's where loud, screaming vocals, big guitars and a crunching, dirge-like advance was the recipe of the day. But there was something different about this band, something that could be seen from the onset, taking shape on releases The Silent Enigma and Eternity but not fully realized until their 1998 release Alternative 4.

published 26.08.2003 | Comments (4)

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tea[m]ster - 05.08.2010 at 02:15  
Rating: 7 God this album sounds like Porcupine Tree...I mean ALOT! I like their two previous works better.
NocturnalStalker - 07.05.2012 at 17:07  
Rating: 7 I don't have any problem with it sounding a bit like Porcupine Tree 'cause I love that band. Besides what Anathema offers us on this album is not as much progressive as atmospheric rock. Probably this is the album for a certain kind of mood, but it seems I never was into that kind of mood. That's why I find it more boring than any album they released before or after that.
Fritillaria - 05.01.2013 at 12:29  
  I THINK their sound have became awfully boring on this album, what's this kind of lame artwork for this album?! it completely speaks loud !
Kuroboshi - 02.02.2013 at 06:57  
Rating: 7 This sounds like early Coldplay! Me like!
musicalkaratekid - 23.03.2013 at 21:47  
Rating: 7 Obviously more light-hearted and softer than their previous albums, but that doesn't necessarily mean the quality or the atmosphere is lacking on this album. The only thing I dislike about this album is the clean vocals which are a little weak in my opinion, and whenever possible, the female vocals seem to outdo them. That said, the instrumentation is arranged in such a way that each song flows as beautifully as the next, even if closer 'Temporary peace' is a little too long for its own good.

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