Serenades (album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 28, 1993 (UK)
May 2, 1994 (US)
RecordedJune - September 1992, at Academy Studios, Yorkshire
GenreDeath-doom, gothic metal
Length65:45 (original CD)
75:46 (US version)
76:32 (2003 remaster)
42:22 (vinyl release)
LanguageEnglish, French
The Futurist Label (US release)
ProducerAnathema, Paul "Hammy" Halmshaw
Anathema chronology
The Crestfallen
Pentecost III

Serenades is the full-length debut album by British doom metal band Anathema. It was released on February 28, 1993 through Peaceville Records.

It is their only album to feature Darren White on lead vocals. Rhythm guitarist, Vincent Cavanagh, sang lead on all subsequent albums.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Sputnikmusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Silencio Hungary3/5 stars [3]

Serenades expands on material from The Crestfallen EP, but features more experimentation and variation throughout. It was recorded between June and September 1992 at Yorkshire-based Academy Studios, the same place where The Crestfallen had been recorded one year prior.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Darren J. White, all music written by Danny Cavanagh.

1993 CD release
1."Lovelorn Rhapsody"6:25
2."Sweet Tears"4:14
3."J'ai fait une promesse" ("I Made a Promise")2:40
4."They (Will Always) Die"7:16
6."Sleep in Sanity"6:53
7."Scars of the Old Stream"1:10
8."Under a Veil (of Black Lace)"7:34
9."Where Shadows Dance"1:58
10."Dreaming: The Romance" (Instrumental)23:23
Total length:65:45



  • An alternate version of the song "Lovelorn Rhapsody" had been featured on the Peaceville Volume 4 compilation.
  • The 1994 US version of the album is called Serenades + Extra Tracks. It omits "Dreaming: The Romance", and in its place, adds a studio version of the demo song "All Faith is Lost" as well as the entirety of The Crestfallen EP. It also has a red-orange front cover instead of the original's yellow-orange front cover. This version was released by the Futurist subsidiary of MCA Records.
  • The Japanese Import version of the album features the song "Nailed to the Cross/666" as a bonus track.
  • The album has also been released as a double CD with The Crestfallen.
  • A remastered version of the album was released on CD in 2003, and is the current and most widely pressed CD release. It restores "Dreaming: The Romance" and also adds all tracks from the single release We Are The Bible.
  • Serenades was finally released on vinyl in 2012. It is based on the 2003 audio remaster. However, it has neither "Dreaming: The Romance" nor any bonus tracks, making it the shortest commercially available version of the album to date.


  1. ^ "Serenades [1993] - Anathema | AllMusic". 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2011.
  2. ^ Spencer, Trey (2011). "Anathema - Serenades (staff review) | Sputnikmusic". Retrieved 20 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-31. Retrieved 2011-09-03.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)