Anorexia Nervosa - _Redemption Process_
by: Xander Hoose (
Most of you black metal lovers will probably look at me with sad eyes when I confess to liking Cradle of Filth and Dimmu Borgir. I know they've "sold out", I know they've "gone commercial". But hell, I still like their music. And no, I'm not saying they'll ever bring out something that will top their earlier works, but that doesn't mean that their new albums suck. But for those who are into bombastic, melodic black, there is still salvation, and it comes in the form of Anorexia Nervosa's _Redemption Process_. Reminiscent of the better CoF / DB work, yet with a more aggressive bite to it, _Redemption Process_ is easily my favourite black metal album of the year. Unlike its competitors, Anorexia Nervosa make sure that each song stands out from the rest. "Antinferno" or "Codex Veritas" will be stuck in your head long after you've finished listening the album. The keyboards play a vital yet unobtrusive role on the album, not being pulled too much to the front of the mix. If you don't mind your songs being epic in both feel and length, then give _Redemption Process_ a chance.[Chris Flaaten: "Anorexia Nervosa's last album, _New Obscurantis Order_, made the number one spot on my top albums of 2001 list. Needless to say, my expectations for this one were pretty high. These Frenchmen meet them only half-way. _Redemption Process_ is another solid album showcasing bundles of talent, intensity, well-crafted songs with epic arrangements and a decent production. What this means, though, is that it's exactly like its predecessor. The only difference, really, is that the songs are more even this time around, so unlike last time it's much harder to pick highlights. All in all, a very strong album but quite predictable."]
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