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Anata - The Conductor's Departure
I was a little surprised when I bought the latest Aardschok (Dutch metal mag for all you foreigners) and I saw a mere 67 printed at the bottom of a certain review. 
A certain review concerning this album, that I'm about to give a  considerably higher score. 
Reviewing music certainly is matter of taste, but if you're nagging about too much technical stuff and dissonant guitar riffs then don't listen to it in the first place. This is not an easy listen but it makes it altogether more rewarding in the end.
With that out of the way, we're talking about Swedens' tech-death outfit Anata with theirnew record
The Conductor's Departure. 

And boy what a fine collection of tunes it is. A lot of technical skilled bands tend to focus a bit too much on just that, but Anata has a neat tendency to sound playful. Not cheerful, or happy, but playful. They use their skills to grind through their songs in a smooth, detailed matter. Musically it's a mix of Cryptopsy's 'And then you'll beg' (sans hyper blasts) and Gardenian's melodic touch maybe even some thrashy catchyness. Oh and if you can appreciate a band like Necrophagist or Morbid Angel you'll also certainly find something you'll like.

Not really being a sum of it's parts but a band with an identity of its own, Anata simply deliver some really great melodic riffing, very technical and detailed drums and rhythmic interplay between the various instruments. Everything is very clearly audible which makes up for a very enjoyable ride through this record. Vocals are bellowed out in a more barking
way (Napalm Death style) then your usual low death growl which suits the music very well and provides a nice aggressive edge.

This is one of the finest death-metal releases this year. Very varied (in short: blasting here, slow melodic there), masterfully executed and amazingly produced. 

And awesome songs to boot...

Thank you very much, please play some shows over here in the near future.
Anata - The Conductor's Departure
90/1001Details Wicked World
Released on Thursday Jun 15th, 2006
Death Metal

Writer @Ce-El-Wan on Monday Jun 12th, 2006

Tags: #Anata
Tracklisting 1. Downward spiral into madness
2. Complete Demise
3. Better grieved than fooled
4. The great juggler
5. Cold heart forged in hell
6. I would dream of blood
7. Disobedience pays
8. Children\'s laughter
9. Renunciation
10. The conductor\'s departure
Line up Fredrik Schälin - Lead vocals, guitar
Henrik Drake - Bass guitar
Andreas Allenmark - Guitar, backing vocals
Conny Pettersson - Drums