Anathema – Serenades (Review)

Anathema – Serenades (1993)

Anathema closed out their career with an album called The Optimist but back in their early days they were pessimistic purveyors of purest woe. Their 1993 debut album Serenades is growling, grinding doom: all funeral drapes, dead loved-ones and weeping willows. It puts a smile on my face though cause I love misery-guts metal and this is a great album to wallow in. The Cathedral-esque Sweet Tears is top drawer and Sleepless‘ goth melody makes it an early favourite of the band’s career. Even the more forgettable tracks like Under A Veil (Of Black Lace) have their share of cool riffs and moreishly sorrowful harmonies. Avant-garde interludes and French lady voices keep things interesting and varied. The 23 minutes of ambient wallpaper music at the end is a bit try-hard and the why/cry lyrics have a naiveté that would persist throughout the band’s career. But these minor quibbles are nothing to get sad about. Serenades is an impressive debut from a band with plenty of reasons to be optimistic.

HMO Rating: 4 Out Of 5

22 thoughts on “Anathema – Serenades (Review)”

      1. Right on man. I totally respect your anonymity.

        I think you participated in the first lists we ever did about a year ago. Back when I was the only one on camera! Now I’ve even had Aaron on a bunch of times. Feels like so long ago…yet (in Canada at least) here we are…still in lockdown.

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  1. Good to see you back, man! Would you believe me if I said I know who these guys are? I have their Distant Satellites. I haven’t listened to it in a while, but I remember it being too upbeat for my liking!

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