Anathema - The Silent Enigma

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Release date: 23 August 1995
Style: Death doom metal


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01. Restless Oblivion
02. Shroud Of Frost
03. ...Alone
04. Sunset Of The Age
05. Nocturnal Emission
06. Cerulean Twilight
07. The Silent Enigma
08. A Dying Wish
09. Black Orchid
10. The Silent Enigma [orchestral version] [remaster bonus]
11. Sleepless 96 [remaster bonus]

[bonus DVD: A Vision Of A Dying Embrace]
01. Sweet Tears
02. Mine Is Yours
03. The Silent Enigma
04. Hope

[Live (Krakow 1.3.96)]
01. Intro
02. Restless Oblivion
03. Shroud Of Frost
04. We The Gods
05. Sunset Of Age
06. Mine Is Yours
07. Sleepless
08. The Silent Enigma
09. A Dying Wish

Vincent Cavanagh - vocals, guitars
Duncan Patterson - bass
Daniel "Danny" Cavanagh - guitars
John Douglas - drums

Session musicians:
Deryk Fullwood - spoken part on "Shroud Of False"
Rebecca Wilson - vocals on "...Alone"

Additional info
All tracks recorded at Lynx Studios, Newcastle except "...Alone" recorded at M.A. Studios, Liverpool.
Engineered by Kev Ridley. Produced by Anathema. Executive producer: Hammy.
Mixed at the Academy, Dewsbury by Mags.

All songs written by Anathema, orchestral arrangements by Daniel Cavanagh.

Front cover picture: "Lady In Milton's Comus" by J. Wright used by kind permission of The Board Of Trustees Of The National Museums And Galleries On Merseyside (Walker Art Gallery).
Horsehead Nebula picture: Royal Observatory, Edinburgh/AATB/Science Photo Library.
Photography by Simon Mooney. Band picture by Meany.

Spoken part on "Shroud of Frost" by Derek Fullwood.
Vocals on "...Alone" by Rebecca Wilson.

The Peaceville 2003 re-release contains the following bonus tracks:
10: The Silent Enigma (Orchestral) (4:12)
11: Sleepless 96 (4:31)

The first pressing incorrectly lists track 4 as "Sunset of the Age". This has been corrected on later versions.

Staff review by
After the wonderful and emotionally fortified doom/death metal debut album "Serenades", Daren White, singer of Anathema, leaves the band not the peaceful way. This is the moment when one of the two guitarists of Anathema, Vincent Cavanagh, will replace Wight on the microphone. The vocals of Vincent are, in my opinion, more intense than Wight's and they pace wonderfully with the lyrics and the music of "The Silent Enigma".

published 17.10.2004 | Comments (8)

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09.05.2010 - 17:03
I have a lot of memories whenever i listen to this album...
10.06.2011 - 15:20
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Essential Atmospheric Doom metal record!!!
29.04.2012 - 16:15
Rating: 9
Metal Addict
This is still my favourite Anathema album. The music is beautiful, but, at the same time, heavy and intense. And I really like Vincent's vocals on this record.
"And we are not who we think we are
We are who we're afraid to be"
- Lux Occulta "The Opening of Eleventh Sephirah"
30.04.2012 - 01:14
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This album never gets old for me, every time I listen to the album it always sounds great .
18.07.2012 - 11:35
Rating: 9
Combo Breaker
This album has made me another man. Perfect.
18.07.2012 - 11:42
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Such a shame the band went so immensely downhill after this masterpiece.
Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
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18.08.2012 - 16:55
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Written by Góral on 18.07.2012 at 11:35

This album has made me another man. Perfect.

How many men do you have?
09.10.2012 - 02:07
Rating: 9
Combo Breaker
Written by Guest on 18.08.2012 at 16:55

How many men do you have?

I had so many of them that I can not count
20.10.2012 - 07:41
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Not bad.
28.03.2013 - 00:19
Rating: 8
Secundum Filium
This album is amazing, I would probably say that this is my favorite Anathema album, even though I love their other albums as well. So beautiful and enchanting, yet so crushing and desolate at the same time.

EDIT: Judgement's become my favorite as of now, but i still love what this album has to offer.
Ordinary men hate solitude. But the Master makes use of it, embracing his aloneness, realizing he is one with the whole universe (Lao Tzu).
28.03.2013 - 21:04
Rating: 9
This album is a succession of hits. I feel like listening to it now.
Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29

Like you could kiss my ass.

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03.03.2014 - 17:05
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This is better than both Alternative 4 and Judgement. you can feel emotions through this album. oh and nocturnal emissions if you didn't know means 'coming' while you sleep. now you will forever think of semen when you listen to this album.

I would say this is probably my favorite anathema album.
25.10.2014 - 08:39
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Written by NocturnalStalker on 29.04.2012 at 16:15

This is still my favourite Anathema album. The music is beautiful, but, at the same time, heavy and intense. And I really like Vincent's vocals on this record.

His vocals are indeed amazing.
08.09.2016 - 09:04
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One of my favorites, and i got into Atmospheric Music [And Actually Metal] after listening to this album.
i have So many memories with this Album . . .
And Spend a lot of time to find "Atmospheric Music" and ended up with idea that there will be no other album like This in term of Atmosphere . . .
01.11.2016 - 23:07
Rating: 10
This is probably it, my favourite of everything.
It is my masterpiece of a glorious death doom era at that time. Best death doom I know of. I grew up with this album.
I wouldnt say they went downhill immensely after this one, but I do think that this is clearly their best album.
It is so distinct, has so many amazing ideas in songwriting, I didnt come to find anything similar at that time.
I can point to four outstanding highlights here: restless oblivion, shroud of frost, the silent enigma, and a dying wish.
Sunset of the age is also very good.
While I find the latest output of Anathema still marginally enjoyable, I have to say I miss their TSE days so much.
14.02.2018 - 12:15
Rating: 10
Anathema finest moment.

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