Rating:
9.5
Anathema - Judgement
21 June 1999


01. Deep
02. Pitiless
03. Forgotten Hopes
04. Destiny Is Dead
05. Make It Right (F.F.S.)
06. One Last Goodbye
07. Parisienne Moonlight
08. Judgement
09. Don't Look Too Far
10. Emotional Winter
11. Wings Of God
12. Anyone, Anywhere
13. 2000 & Gone
14. Transacoustic [bonus]


English doom masters Anathema released Judgement in 1999, following 1998's almost perfect Alternative 4. The challenge of that new album was huge as it was hard not to release a new Alternative 4, but still, without making something totally different. Once again, the Cavanagh brothers show us how to compose music with talent.

With songs such as 'Forgotten Hopes', 'Destiny Is Dead' or 'One Last Goodbye', you're aware that Anathema is still a doom band. Nevertheless, Judgement sounds more various than Alternative 4, and also less depressive. The first song - 'Deep' - is a good example of what I'm talking about. Some songs sound almost happy ['Anyone, Anywhere', '2000 & Gone']. But it's not worth speaking about each track of the album: they are all outstanding. However, I want to say that 'Pitiless', 'Forgotten Hopes', 'Emotional Winter' and the almost progressive 'Judgement' are my favorites from the album.

Judgement happens to be Anathema's best release to date. The album has everything you can expect from the band: great songs, huge sound, sad and haunting melodies, beautiful acoustic guitars and piano... Another positive point about this record: all Anathema's fans agree to say that it's the one with the best vocal performance from Vincent Cavanagh. Because sad is beautiful, Judgement reigns over doom metal. Experience it...

Performance: 10
Songwriting: 10
Originality: 10
Production: 8


Band profile: Anathema
Album: Judgement


 


written by Demonic Tutor | 26.08.2003



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BloodTears - 26.09.2008 at 14:34  
It's a pleasure to be the first one to post here.

I don't think it sounds less depressing, the feeling I get from this album is the same as I get from other album, there is this inherent sadness, all the time.

Curiously enough, a lot of songs from this album became the top Anathema fans everyone knows, songs like forgotten hopes and one last goodbye, they always sing those on shows.

The best one, however, is "parasienne moonlight". But it's almost impossible to chose...
Mr. Doctor - 26.09.2008 at 16:25  
Damn... I was sure I maked a post for this one. Oh well...

Beautiful album, I don't know what more can I say. It's probably the best album done by the band.
My favorites would be "Deep" [such an amaizing intro for the album], the two classics that BloodTears already said and also "Anyone, Anywhere"... Probably the most depressing song of the album IMO... The vocals were just breath-taking on this one.

I agree with DT... Vincent's covals were on it's peak right here...
Richard - 29.09.2008 at 19:41  
A strong album. 'One Last Goodbye' is particularly emotive, as it was written after the death of the Cavanagh brothers (Vincent and Danny)'s mother.
Powerslavex - 27.11.2008 at 16:08  
My favourite Anathema album, One Last Goodbye sends shivers down my spine, really amotional album
Idioglossia - 18.04.2009 at 03:09  
A beautiful album, especially the vocals and lyrics on One Last Goodbye, which always makes me cry.
Uirapuru - 20.11.2009 at 19:51  
Yeah, I agree, its less atmospheric than Alternative 4, but the doom ballads are actually much more melancholic than the sometimes opressive ambient of A4. The vocals are better than ever, they are a huge part of the sentiment in this album.

Overall this is an excellent work, my favorite from Anathema, and as Bloodtears write, it is impossible to choose only one highlight.
strade - 12.01.2012 at 07:15  
A beauty of an album to enjoy and enjoy again.

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