Rating:
9.5
Anathema - A Fine Day To Exit
1 October 2001


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


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 [1995] and Eternity [1996] but not fully realized until their 1998 release Alternative 4.

In 1999 the band released the highly applauded Judgement, which gained ?Album of the Month? status in many metal magazines around the world.

Then, in October of 2001 came A Fine Day To Exit, their sixth full-length studio release. Many consider A Fine Day To Exit to be the band's finest hour, and I would tend to agree. Here, they have moved further away from their heavier conventions, sculpting an incredibly fine-tuned piece of art.

For someone who has never heard any of Anathema's work, one might compare them to Pink Floyd [one of their major influences, even covering the Floyd song 'Hope' on an earlier release] and Radiohead. However, to draw comparisons to these two bands would be doing them an injustice. They are indeed in their own category.

Attention to detail is evident in all parts of the record: from the crisp production by Nick Griffith [Cast, Mansun, Pink Floyd], to the incredible art design by one of the premier art directors of the Metal industry, Travis Smith [Katatonia, Opeth, Soilwork, among others]. His skill proves that artwork too can play an integral part in the creation of an album.

Lyrics and music both play major roles on this record. Life isn's always happy; it is often sad and painful. From a rocky upbringing in England, to the tragic death of their mother in 1998, the Cavanaugh brothers have seen and been a part of the things in life that can bring people to their limits. Instead of other alternatives they, along with other current members John Douglas and Les Smith, have allowed their music and lyrics to serve as the outlet for their lives; both the good and bad, the superficial and cerebral. When you hear Vincent Cavanaugh in 'Temporary Peace' sing you are definitely moved by the marriage of music and words.

From the slow, almost laid-back 'Pressure'; the aurally brilliant 'Release' with its layered vocals in the chorus; the fast paced 'Underworld', to my favorite song of the whole album, the aforementioned closer 'Temporary Peace', you will find that this album is best when listened to altogether. From track one to track nine, it's certainly worth the time.

Anathema is one of the most original, most honest bands to come out of any scene: metal, rock, or otherwise in a very long time. One can only imagine where they will go from here.


Band profile: Anathema
Album: A Fine Day To Exit


 


written by John P. Dunphy | 26.08.2003


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BloodTears - 26.09.2008 at 14:37  
I think the rating is a bit too high, It's very good but other Anathema albums top this one, at least in my opinion.

They are definately changed on this one, their sound was more similar to what it is today, rock tunes with some aggressive parts here and there. I must say I appreciate this one a lot, especially songs like pressure, release and temporary peace.

Anathema make beautiful music, what more can you ask for?
Andresopeth - 25.02.2009 at 23:09  
Written by BloodTears on 26.09.2008 at 14:37

I think the rating is a bit too high, It's very good but other Anathema albums top this one, at least in my opinion.

They are definately changed on this one, their sound was more similar to what it is today, rock tunes with some aggressive parts here and there. I must say I appreciate this one a lot, especially songs like pressure, release and temporary peace.

Anathema make beautiful music, what more can you ask for?


Yes, i agree, this one is really different to others Anathema's albums, but it still impressive, maybe it doesn't have several shocking and high rated songs like Alternative 4 or Judgment, but it has its power, I personally love "Barriers" and "Release". A great album, but in my opinion is lacking of sadness in comparison with their prevoius releases
Uirapuru - 20.11.2009 at 23:41  
Written by Andresopeth on 25.02.2009 at 23:09

Written by BloodTears on 26.09.2008 at 14:37

I think the rating is a bit too high, It's very good but other Anathema albums top this one, at least in my opinion.

They are definately changed on this one, their sound was more similar to what it is today, rock tunes with some aggressive parts here and there. I must say I appreciate this one a lot, especially songs like pressure, release and temporary peace.

Anathema make beautiful music, what more can you ask for?


Yes, i agree, this one is really different to others Anathema's albums, but it still impressive, maybe it doesn't have several shocking and high rated songs like Alternative 4 or Judgment, but it has its power, I personally love "Barriers" and "Release". A great album, but in my opinion is lacking of sadness in comparison with their prevoius releases


Well.. you guys already write everything that I thought. Agree 100%, the two previous albums are absolutly better.

Btw, the fact that the two previous albums being better is the only problem with ''A fine day to exit'' Because after all, this is also a good album in its own way,
Mr. Doctor - 20.12.2011 at 21:08  
It's a good album but I would just give it a 7,0 or so... Got some good tunes but that's it. Just good.

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