Anathema - Serenades LP (Black vinyl)
The Haunting, melancholic, monolithic full length debut of Anathema begins with an eerie keyboard briefly before the full heaviness of this monster of a record crushes you immediately. Darren White first soothes with his whisper, then smothers you with his all-encompassing growl. Lovelorn Rhapsody sloths along very melancholicly with its memorable chorus (listen for the keyboards just below the surface). The only weakness of this track is the fast part at the end which sounds akward, almost out of place and somewhat lacking in spirit. Sweet Tears begins with a rather tradditional metal riff but that's where tradition ends. This track is made memorable with the haunting melody of the main riff and the eerie outro.