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They Die - Anathema

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Artist: Avantasia / Genre: Indie Rock & Punk / Release Year: 1992

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      17.01.2008 17:31
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      Anathema's first single (1992).

      This is a bit of an oddity, a single released on the back of an E.P., but with only 1,000 copies pressed it was more of an attempt to establish Liverpool's finest metal band in order that their career could properly begin. Released by Witchhunt Records (whoever they are), this limited release takes the final two songs from the magnificent Crestfallen E.P. and switches them in order, so that the comparatively upbeat and fast rocking 'They Die' (but only comparatively) is followed up by the melancholy and powerful 'Crestfallen' itself, arguably the band's crowning achievement.

      'They Die' is one of the more aggressive offerings from the E.P., but isn't one of my very favourites for following a more typical, albeit slowed death metal style. The sense of despair is still there, but not to the extent of 'Crestfallen' with its mournful piano and lead guitars that could make a grown man cry, or perhaps just convince them to end it all. In a rash but interesting move, 'They Die' has been trimmed to a more accessible seven minutes as opposed to the E.P.'s original ten, which is far more suited to this 7" form.

      Both of these songs are early classics, 'Crestfallen' in particular, but obviously the release of the longer E.P. itself renders it unnecessary to all but the most dedicated, completist Anathema fan with a large eBay fund. Biomass Art concocted a fairly random logo for the band at this early stage and began the theme of penitent angels adorning the album covers, but otherwise it's a very rough and raw release that perfectly captures this band's tomb-like doom metal dirges.

      1. They Die
      2. Crestfallen


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