Label : Peaceville
Release : 16-7-2012
Anathema's second album of classic Gothic Doom Metal on 180gr. double vinyl in a beautiful gatefold package.
More atmospheric and emotional than the band's debut, 'The Silent Enigma' was originally released in the summer of 1995 and was the first release on which guitarist Vincent Cavanagh took over the vocal duties.
As part of the Peaceville 3, along with Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride, Anathema have carved a strong legacy since their inception at the turn of the 1990s, to become a widely revered and respected band from both the metal world and beyond, as their sound and compositions progressed from doom/death metal into more rock and progressive territory with each subsequent release.
The Silent Enigma, the band's second studio album, was originally released in the summer of 1995 and is the first release on which guitarist Vincent Cavanagh took over the vocal duties of recently departed Darren White. Where Darren's vocals were guttural, Vincent's style pushed the possibilities for Anathema onwards and upwards, with a scope and breath beyond his years. 'The Silent Enigma' contained elements of acts such as Celtic Frost and emerged as a fine example of highly-atmospheric and often emotional gothic doom, spawning classic Anathema songs such as 'Restless Oblivion', 'Sunset of Age', 'The Silent Enigma' and 'A Dying Wish'. Lauded by the metal press and fans alike as a doom metal classic, the album's popularity has only grown over the years.
The Silent Enigma is one of Anathema's best. Metal this heavy is seldom poetic but the writing team here simply surrendered to their muse & awoke with a work as alien in its dark horrors it is human in its tragic beauty (Terrorizer Magazine)