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British Doom Metal: The Greatest Albums

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5. Anathema – The Silent Enigma (1995)

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In 1995, the era of Gothic Doom was upon us and Anathema, already progressing at a rate of knots, unleashed The Silent Enigma, their last true dalliance with Doom Metal and a Gothic- Doom milestone.

Anathema took the obligatory shuffling, lurching riffs of Doom and laced them with melancholy; clean guitar sections and spoken word vocals competing with growled utterances and distorted riffs to create a thrillingly unique album that fully embraced dynamics and channelled their ever-evolving ideas. The opening one-two of “Restless Oblivion” and “Shroud of Frost” particularly showcased the bands new, sadly short-lived, direction with the grinding gloom of debut Serenades notably replaced with a progressive air. 

The Silent Enigma took Anathema’s verbose Doom style to a whole other level and perhaps that explains their desire to slowly abandon it altogether; their work in that environment had already been done and The Silent Enigma still retains its power and place as one of British Doom’s greatest moments. 

About Chris Jennings (1986 Articles)
I love metal. Always have. Always will. As editor of Worship Metal - a site dedicated to being as positive about metal and its myriad of sub-genres as possible - my aim is to 'worship' metal through honest reviews, current news and a wide variety of features; offering the same exposure to underground bands as we do to mainstream/well known acts. Our mantra; the bands are partners and we exist to serve the bands \m/

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