Anathema - Judgement


8.9 | 1017 votes |
Release date: 21 June 1999
Style: Atmospheric rock, Doom metal

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01. Deep
02. Pitiless
03. Forgotten Hopes
04. Destiny Is Dead
05. Make It Right (F.F.S.)
06. One Last Goodbye
07. Parisienne Moonlight
08. Judgement
09. Don't Look Too Far
10. Emotional Winter
11. Wings Of God
12. Anyone, Anywhere
13. 2000 & Gone
14. Transacoustic [bonus]

Top 20 albums of 1999: 5
Top 200 albums of all time: 59

Line-up
Vincent Cavanagh - vocals, guitars
Daniel "Danny" Cavanagh - guitars, keyboards, vocals on "Parisienne Moonlight"
John Douglas - drums
Dave Pybus - bass

Guest musicians
Lee Douglas - vocals on "Parisienne Moonlight" and "Don't Look Too Far"
Martin Powell - live keyboards
Dario Patti - piano on "Anyone, Anywhere"

Additional info
Produced and engineered by Kit Woolven. Assisted by Dario (Ki-Nell) Mollo.
Recorded, mixed and mastered at Damage Inc. Studios, Ventimiglia, Italy. February 1st - April 15th, 1999.

Front cover by Anathema. Layout by Mez. CD back photo by Darren White.
Individual photos by Rog Sargent. Band photos by Dario (Ki-Nell No. 5) Mollo.

Dedicated to Helen Cavanagh (1949-1998) - Vincent and Danny's mother.

"Transacoustic" (3:49) is a bonus track on the Japanese version as well as on the digipack version.

Female voice on "Parisienne Moonlight" and "Don't Look too Far" by Lee Douglas.
Vocal on "Parisienne Moonlight" by Danny.
Piano on "Anyone, Anywhere" by Dario Patti.
Live keyboards performed by Martin Powell.

- Repressed on CD in 2006 by Music For Nations / Sony BMG Entertainment.
- Repressed on Cardsleeve CD in 2011 by Sony Music Entertainment.
- Repressed on 180 gram double vinyl by Peaceville Records in 2011, limited to 2000 copies.

Staff review by
Dream Taster
Rating:
9.5
English doom masters Anathema released Judgement in 1999, following 1998's almost perfect Alternative 4. The challenge of that new album was huge as it was hard not to release a new Alternative 4, but still, without making something totally different. Once again, the Cavanagh brothers show us how to compose music with talent.

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published 26.08.2003 | Comments (7)

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02.05.2012 - 18:20
Rating: 8
NocturnalStalker
Metal Addict
Pretty good album, but once again, as it was with "Alternative 4", some songs are awesome (especially, the title track) while others aren't exactly as great.
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31.05.2012 - 00:09
Cal Wolvington
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Written by NocturnalStalker on 02.05.2012 at 18:20

Pretty good album, but once again, as it was with "Alternative 4", some songs are awesome (especially, the title track) while others aren't exactly as great.


I agree completely. Both albums have some amazing and beautiful moments, while the majority of songs are somewhere between good and decent. Still like both albums a lot, though.
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14.11.2012 - 12:19
Rating: 10
keika_d
Exceptional release. I just wish Transacoustic came with all versions.
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Let us not be afraid of 10.
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14.11.2012 - 17:36
Rating: 10
Jason W.
Razorbliss
By far my favorite release from the band. The opener takes me in and the band never lets go. Such an awesome production.
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"After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music." - Aldous Huxley
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23.03.2013 - 20:55
Rating: 8
musicalkaratekid
This album is probably the best I've heard from Anathema so far. The atmosphere and soothing passages such as 'Anyone, Anywhere' make for a very relaxing sound. It's quiet, but not boring at the same time and engaging instead.
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25.03.2013 - 23:57
Rating: 9
CobiWan1993
Secundum Filium
Extremely beautiful release, I'd say that this is my favorite album from this band. It's just brilliant.
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Ordinary men hate solitude. But the Master makes use of it, embracing his aloneness, realizing he is one with the whole universe (Lao Tzu).
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21.01.2014 - 23:39
Rating: 10
Ryan Zane
Ohh a amazing album
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21.01.2014 - 23:51
Rating: 10
Ryan Zane
I find it incredible that so many have been anathema good songs are great and almost all this specific disc has the deepest
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03.03.2014 - 17:09
Gawain
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A bit too high in rating and applaud considering anathema's previous two albums The Silent Enigma and Eternity are better than this.
Maybe it's so well regarded because of the 'lightness' of it?

Still deserves 4.5 stars since it's a great record. but people make it seem like it's the alpha and omega of Anathema's discography
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25.09.2018 - 09:06
Rating: 8
Paw!!
The most sentimental and melancholic Anathema album.

But hey... for me it's like Alternative Rock/a litte bit Prog Rock instead of Doom Metal.
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21.05.2020 - 17:35
Rating: 7
Jope of Steele
Super high rated album on here. I suppose I can't prove it's overrated and only to state what I find it is. It's good. Can it be said that it's more than good? - Maybe for a few moments, not for most of the songs, though. Overall I think it's not amazing; the songwriting is not great, the production sounds cheap and the length can be questioned as too long. I like it anyway, but not for frequent listenings. None of the songs sounds like a clear favourite,
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Freedom is a state of mind-not freedom from something but a sense of freedom, a freedom to doubt and question all and therefore so intense, active and vigorous that it throws away every form of dependence, slavery, conformity and acceptance-J Krishnamurti
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21.05.2020 - 17:55
Rating: 9
Redel
Written by Jope of Steele on 21.05.2020 at 17:35

Super high rated album on here. I suppose I can't prove it's overrated and only to state what I find it is. It's good. Can it be said that it's more than good? - Maybe for a few moments, not for most of the songs, though. Overall I think it's not amazing; the songwriting is not great, the production sounds cheap and the length can be questioned as too long. I like it anyway, but not for frequent listenings. None of the songs sounds like a clear favourite,


Interesting. I find this to be among their better albums. Not their best though, as here on MS.
But their last truely excellent album (8.9).
Forgotten Hopes, Anyone anywhere, and the title track belong to my all-time favourites by the band (excellent songwriting).
All other songs are good at least, enjoyable, many not so spectacular though, and overall maybe a tad too many songs there, I agree.
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21.05.2020 - 18:12
Rating: 9
JoHn DoE
My favorite Anathema album, the one I listened to the most
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21.05.2020 - 18:49
Rating: 7
Jope of Steele
Written by JoHn DoE on 21.05.2020 at 18:12

My favorite Anathema album, the one I listened to the most


May you elaborate on why you esteem it so highly?
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21.05.2020 - 19:03
Rating: 9
JoHn DoE
Written by Jope of Steele on 21.05.2020 at 18:49

Written by JoHn DoE on 21.05.2020 at 18:12

My favorite Anathema album, the one I listened to the most


May you elaborate on why you esteem it so highly?


well, no filler song, the album got a great flow. It's got great atmosphere, a lot of emotion. I've never grown tired of it, it's always great to get back to it.
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21.05.2020 - 19:16
Rating: 7
Jope of Steele
Written by Redel on 21.05.2020 at 17:55

Interesting. I find this to be among their better albums. Not their best though, as here on MS.
But their last truely excellent album (8.9).
Forgotten Hopes, Anyone anywhere, and the title track belong to my all-time favourites by the band (excellent songwriting).
All other songs are good at least, enjoyable, many not so spectacular though, and overall maybe a tad too many songs there, I agree.


Written by JoHn DoE on 21.05.2020 at 19:03

well, no filler song, the album got a great flow. It's got great atmosphere, a lot of emotion. I've never grown tired of it, it's always great to get back to it.


It could be that I'm missing something, then. I'll recheck it later and maybe I'm able to get a different perspective on it.
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21.05.2020 - 19:45
Rating: 9
Redel
Written by Jope of Steele on 21.05.2020 at 19:16

It could be that I'm missing something, then. I'll recheck it later and maybe I'm able to get a different perspective on it.


Possibly not. I consider this album pretty easily accessible.
It maybe doesnt give you much. This is completely different from their Serenades and Silent Enigma days.
If you prefer their early years I would say you are entitled to dislike anything they have done thereafter.
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30.06.2020 - 19:22
ickoriss
Fantastic album, but I've always been confused why it's rated so highly. Don't get me wrong, I love the record, but I think The Silent Enigma, We're Here Because We're Here and Weather Systems are better.
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