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Anorexia Nervosa: Redemption Process

To like this stuff, ya gotta love this kind of stuff.

Anorexia Nervosa plays all-out full-throttle death metal, but it's backed by huge soundscapes of keyboards, and the sounds of choirs and keyboards. The French quintet has been around for 5 CDs and 10 years, and they've perfected their craft to the point that extreme-metalheads would kill to get their hands on this record. Make no mistake - despite the lush soundscapes, this isn't as orchestral as Cradle Of Filth or as progressive as Dimmy Borgir - with whom they're often compared. They're in the same league as those bands, but the metal is heavier and the growling more deadly.

The 7 longish songs take plenty of time to develop into emotionally charged pieces with plenty of variety. Well - variety is relative. If you're not into death metal you'll think this is one song played 7 times over. But if you're an extreme metal fan you'll appreciate the distinction between the songs and the rich sonic backdrops. Closing cut "The Sacrament" is more mellow and more orchestral than anything else on the CD, while "Worship Manifesto" - one of the record's more important standout tracks - has more of those choral tones, cleaner guitars, and a section of low-pitched half-spoken, half-sung clean vocals that will draw at the heartstrings. "Antiferno" is interesting, with its clean, spoken vocals, deep male keyboard-driven chorus and choirs of high-pitched female singing - all offset by by those death metal elements.

the vocals are mostly a monotonous high-pitched shriek that never lets up and leaves little space for instrumental sections. Rare clean vocals, often in an emotional spoken voice, add rare touches of extra texture. The guitars are mostly highly-distorted double paced power chords paying standard sequences. It's the subtleties behind those sounds that set this apart.

Well produced, well executed, but heavy as hell. Recommended to extreme-metal heads.

Track Listing:
1. Shining
2. Antinferno
3. Sister September
4. Worship Manifesto
5. Codex-Veritas
6. Amen
7. Sacrament
 

Added: June 28th 2005
Reviewer: Duncan Glenday
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Related Link: Anorexia Nervosa's Web Site
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Language: english

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