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Although we live in an age where superficial thrills and instant gratification reign supreme, the world of music is still able to sustain artists who honour and celebrate those ancient and traditional values of creativity, artistry and the noble art of building a magical legacy. Formed in 1990, Anathema have long lived up to their name: a band that transcends transient fashion in favour of the ... Read more in Amazon's Anathema Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: KOCR
  • ASIN: B00005Q47V
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Another Wage Slave on 24 Oct 2008
Format: Audio CD
An album that isn't all fun and frolics
Because life is not all fun and frolics

I bought this album on a whim; I had heard Anathema's name being thrown around in relation to the doom acts My Dying Bride and Paradise lost. At first, I wasn't quite sure that I liked it. I wouldn't say I have a particularly refined taste in music but, to me, it was not heavy enough to appeal to my taste in loud distortion, not complex enough to appeal to my taste in prog and not dark enough to appeal to my taste in really depressing music. It sat awkwardly on my musical palate somewhere between Opeth's "Damnation" and Radiohead's "O.K Computer". It was during about the fifth time I listened to it all the way through that I realised I loved A Fine Day to Exit.

I was in a dower mood, lying in bed, ignoring the world outside. I pressed play on my C.D player, and Pressure began. The lyrics rang out in the chorus; "I don't care where you go, you won't get away from me".
I couldn't believe that I hadn't picked up on the words before. I kept listening. I could not have been wrong about how deep, dark and delightful this album is.

A Fine Day to Exit is not the kind of thing you bring out at a party. It is the kind of album that touches on pure emotion. The lyrics are dripping with melancholy, laced with a sense of loneliness and disillusion. This is demonstrated beautifully in my personal favourite track, Underworld. Compared to the vast amounts of vomit spewed out by untalented, uninterested rock bands, this album is a breath of fresh, although cold and bitter, air. It isn't perfect but I can't complain about a single track,,and I can't think of many albums that I can honestly say that about.

I recommend listening to Pressure, Underworld and A Fine Day to Exit to see if it appeals to you.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By bandcandy on 18 Aug 2006
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album a few years ago and it is one of the few album that I have never got bored of, and in fact it seems to get better rather that worse the more I hear it. All of the songs on the album are very good, however highlights are, Pressure, Release, A fine day to exit and Underworld. Les makes a welcome addition to the band, providing the signature piano riff of opening song Pressure. You can't really hear him in all songs but anyone who has ever heard Cruelty and the Beast will know he is a talented keyboardist/pianist. The rest of the band are all amazing as well. Original drummer John Douglas has returned, and replacement Shaun Steels has been packed off to join fellow doom metallers My Dying Bride. Most of the songs are as usual written by guitarist Danny, however John's contribution of the title track is probably one of the most memorable and moving songs on the album. Vincent has improved as vocalist, although his song writing is still not as good as his brother's. His contribution, Leave no trace, is quite a good song, but somewhat trails off toward the end. Anyway, if you are a fan of their old stuff, this album is more rock than doom metal, but its a good album, and if you weren't sure about the band before, you might like this. Anyway, one final thought... If you were going to drown yourself, you wouldnt take off all your clothes first would you?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eng PAULO JORGE M NUNES on 18 Feb 2012
Format: Audio CD
As stated by others it was not the first time I listened to it that I loved it. But by the 3rd-4rd time, my god, what a great piece of music. From first to last, from the calmest ones to the speediest of them, they're very good. And what's better (yes it gets better)? They form a very well sequenced album. Recommend it!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pa... on 21 Feb 2013
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
One of my favorite albums in vinyl. Right on time. I havent listen to that yet because I have no free time. Actually I have listen to that a thousand times via cd.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
No more doom metal 27 Nov 2003
By NineYearsLater19 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As I was reading a review for this cd in a magazine, the person who reviewed it called it; New Doom Cd by Liverpool's Anathema. I beg to differ because if he actually listened to the album, none out of the 9 songs on this masterpiece can even come close to be called "doom metal".
People have said that Anathema is trying to get picked up by Radiohead and Coldplay fans, but although i love both of those bands, I don't hear that much resemblence to them. I feel that Anathema is in their own league of music, a combination of atmospheric rock and alternative rock, with some of their earlier gothic sounds.
No, this cd wont be picked up on radio or MTV, but I do believe that you should pick this cd up. It is definitly worth the 5 star rating.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Not the Anathema you may be used to. 26 Aug 2006
By i know what i hear - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Comparing A Fine Day To Exit to earlier works such as Pentecost III, Serenades or the Silent Enigma would not only be unfair, it would be impossible. Gone are the death growls. In it's place is an environment that's strangely tranquil yet compelling. There is a sense of power here too. It would be a grave injustice to cast this wonderful work aside because it doesn't sound like the earlier albums. Other reviews mention Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Porcupine Tree. While there may be hints of these, Anathema is copying no one and is going in a direction all there own.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
ok, here we go... 5 May 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
ive read all of the reviews of this album and thought id add my two cents. first off i have been an anathema fan since eternity. that being said, i have seen the transformation they have undergone. alternative 4 was pretty cool, judgement was absolutely mindblowing, and now a fine day to exit. when i first heard this album i didnt like it, i was still all about judgement. now two years after its release i bought it, my opinion has changes... i love this album. once i got over my obsession with judgement i saw the full beauty of this release. its a very atmosheric listen, a welcome change to grinding metal. is it different from their previous releases, yes. is it a good thing, yes. it is necessary for bands to evolve. who wants to hear the same songs over and over? people are comparing the album to radiohead and pink floyd. think about that... listen to pablo honey then to kid a... listen to piper at the gates of dawn then to the wall... bands change, but great bands remain great. buy this cd, you may not like it at first, but you will.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Incredible Album 25 May 2002
By IcemanJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Even though Anathema has completely evolved from their old style, this album is genius. This was my introduction to the band, but it made me want to own all of their work, and I plan on collecting all their albums in backwards order. I do understand their older stuff was more metal and had a gothic element. This album has an acoustic feel most of the time. "Pressure" sounds like something Radiohead would do, because of the piano loop, but that's only the real Radiohead influences I can hear. Dispite what others are saying, I don't think the album has that many songs that have predictable melodies. "A Fine Day to Exit" (the title track) and "Release" are very progressive. They both start out nice and quiet and get gradually heavier. The title track especially is an awe-inspiring, haunting tune and the acoustics in "release" have a very peaceful and tranquil, yet upbeat feel. "Looking Outside Inside" has a kind of sudden unpredictable direction somewhere in the song also. "Panic" is a real suprise. This song is brilliant, the lyrics, and the fast-paced, stressful feel. It is some of Anathema's best work so far. The singer's vocal range and melody sounds great on "Leave no Trace" and "Barriers". Finally, we have "Temporary Peace", a real treat. The moment "Beyond this beautiful horizon lies a dream for you and I / This tranquil scene is still unbroken by the rumors in the sky" is sung, it is one of the most astonishing and satisfying parts of the album, and shortly after that you hear the sound of ocean waves to end the album. Perfect ending to a perfect album. This should probably be your introduction to the band. Definately pick this up if you like Dredg. If you haven't heard of Dredg be sure to check out their little masterpiece "Leitmotif". If you've been a fan of Anathema since the early days, this album is much different but still the same level of brilliance. It has certainly become one of my all time favorites.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Anathema can do no wrong. 25 Oct 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I recieved this album on IRC a couple months before I actually bought it. Why? Because after hearing 1999's 'Judgement' album, I was a complete Anathema freak. I don't think I've ever been so absorbed by an album in my entire life.
But this is a review of their newest 'A Fine Day to Exit'. And what an excellent album it is. First of all, Vincent's voice is better than ever. On tracks like "Release" and the title cut, you truly feel the power of this man's vocal chords. It looks like Anathema has completely ditched all strands of metal, so don't expect any death vocals... they are all clean and extremely enjoyable to listen to.
As far as the music goes, it is laden with textures and the production is outstanding. Drums have never sounded better (listen to "Panic"). The songs are very melancholy and relaxing. I like to describe this CD as "melting" because that is exactly what it feels like when I listen to it.
The opener, "Pressure" is probably my least favorite song on the album. I don't like the piano on it, but it is still enjoyable. "Release" starts off with a simple, yet catchy-as-all-hell riff, and it's Vincent's vocals at its finest on the CD. Truly one of Anathema's best songs. "Leave no Trace" has an awesome chorus, very emotional, and the lyrics are great. "Barriers" is very stripped down, uses female vocals, and is another Anathema classic. "Panic" seems slighty out of place at first (it's a very fast, rock'n'roll type song), but after a couple listens, it fits in extremely well. The drumming stands out here the most. The title track is long, sad and very beautiful. Right as that ends... it flows into one of the best closing songs I've heard on an album, "Temporary Peace". The song is backed by ocean waves, a very watery type riff, and some of the best lyrics I've heard. There's an echo effect in the vocals that really adds to the mood of the song plus another good section of a female singer. The ending instrumentation just makes you feel like you are floating peacefully above the world...and it just sums up this album in one word... "awesome".
Anathema have matched their 1999 opus. This band has made an absolute remarkable change from their metal roots. 'A Fine Day to Exit' is a complete album, with no filler and a huge replay value. It has been at the top of my list since I heard the first song from it. Absolutely recommended.
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