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Anata – The Conductor's Departure

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I'm going to cut through an unnecssary intro on this. This CD fucking rules on all levels. This will undoubtedly be in the top five for 2006. With "The Conductor's Departure", ANATA sit at the throne of all that is metal. This album is a passage into omnipotence. The first song is a dark, technical, and at times intricate to a baffling degree. It is the universe being born, the chaos and power of all matter coming together in the darkness that is the universe. At the end of the interweaving guitar
melodies paint the view of the galaxies setting in, as a transient being would, seeing all the millions stars and planets in clusters, strew across the black blanket of space.

In Children's Laughter, the aural mural shows God reflecting deeply into all the hopes and despairs that milions have had throughout the centuries, all their choices being made between the two. In Renunciation, he grows extremely angered and starts to wreak havoc upon the worlds of the universe, but decides to let the people leave a couple more days to enjoy their lives. In the finale (the title track), he grows cold and vicious, as
his black hand firmly crushes planets, demolishing entire civilizations in an instant.

No death metal album I've heard has been able to say as much as this album does. The race for the fastest blast beat and one-handed roll and the struggle to have the most 32nd note arpeggios is shown futile as Anata
easily crushes all the pettiness without taking part in it. To make the heaviest, most extreme album is a much more invovled process to see who can maintain a song's tempo at the highest BPM.
In comparison to their previous release, "Under a Stone With No Inscription", this album is very much in the same vein but oddly enough does not have a single part that resembles another from previous releases. It's like a sequel with no revisiting. As with any good band, this album shows an increase in ability and expression from all band members. The production is absolutely flawless, no instrument is covered up at all (you can make out the bass lines) and even every piece of the drumkit is EQed well.

"The Conductor's Departure" is bound to make waves in the metal community, with it's supreme craft, power, and feel. This huge of a force is bound to be imitated and sought after by death metal bands everywhere.

-Alex Schrock

Posted by JonMichael on Wednesday, June 7 2006 10:04 PM

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