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Anathema

Weather Systems is the sound of a band finding their voice and growing in stature, moving further along their artistic path with a truly stunning musical vision. The album was recorded in Liverpool, North Wales and Oslo, each place significant to Anathema past, present and future and it was produced and mixed by 5 times Norwegian Grammy nominated Christer-Andre Cederberg (Animal Alpha, In the Woods...).

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Biography

Anathema are an English band from Liverpool primarily known for their ever evolving sound. Beginning as pioneers of the death/doom metal sub-genre, their later albums have been associated with genres such as alternative rock, progressive rock, art rock, new prog, and post-rock.

Anathema formed in 1990 as a doom metal band. In November of that year, the band recorded their first demo, entitled An Iliad of Woes. This demo caught the attention of several bands and labels from the English metal scene.

At the beginning of 1991, the band gained a lot of attention with the release of their second demo entitled All Faith Is Lost, resulting in a four-album deal with Peaceville Records. Their first release under the label was The Crestfallen EP in November 1992. They took the material from that album on the road, touring with Cannibal Corpse.

Serenades, Anathema's debut LP, attracted a lot of mainstream attention, propelling their "Sweet Tears" music video onto the MTV playlist.

Anathema's first European tour was in 1994, and was closely followed by gigs at the Independent Rock Festival in Brazil.

In May 1995, vocalist Darren White parted with the band, eventually forming The Blood Divine. Rather than recruiting a new vocalist, the band decided that guitarist Vincent Cavanagh should assume White's role. This new formation debuted by touring with Cathedral in the United Kingdom.

The release of Eternity came in 1996, relying more on atmospheric sounds, and starting the transition to clean vocals; the album Judgement would later consolidate this style. A European tour followed the album's release.

The second member to leave the band was drummer John Douglas, who departed in the summer of 1997. He was replaced by Shaun Taylor-Steels, formerly of Solstice, who would also later play drums for My Dying Bride.

Alternative 4 was released in 1998. During this time the band underwent many line-up changes. Bassist/songwriter Duncan Patterson quit due to musical differences and was replaced by Dave Pybus of Dreambreed, where Duncan had played bass for a short period. Martin Powell (who had played keyboards and violin for My Dying Bride previously) also joined the band. Finally, John Douglas returned to the drums.

In June 1999, the album Judgement was released, marking Anathema's complete shift from the doom metal genre, focusing instead on slower and more experimental songs. This new sound has been likened to artists such as Pink Floyd, Jeff Buckley, and to a lesser extent, Radiohead. However, the essence of the band remained the same. Their songs continued to express a feeling of depression and, more often than not, desperation.

During the same year Martin Powell switched positions with Cradle of Filth's keyboardist Les Smith, who came to be an integral member of Anathema.
Shortly before the release of A Fine Day to Exit, Dave Pybus announced his departure from the band and later joined Cradle of Filth. He was replaced by touring bassist George Roberts, and later by Jamie Cavanagh.

In March 2002, Daniel Cavanagh announced his departure from the band, joining Duncan Patterson's band Antimatter. However, he later rejoined Anathema in 2003 for the release of A Natural Disaster, and started their European Tour. This accelerated the changes in Anathema's tone, towards the atmospheric and progressive, as exhibited in album tracks 'Flying' and 'Violence'.

Upon the closing of their label Music for Nations after its purchase by Sony BMG, Anathema found itself without a record label, despite having completed an extensive tour of the UK with popular Finnish rock band HIM in April 2006. During their search for a new label, the band have adopted a more 'DIY' approach to music release, embracing the internet and releasing songs via their own website, for which fans may donate a monetary sum of their own choice. Despite the obvious lack of label-based tour support, the band continues to play dates across Europe, guitarist Danny Cavanagh also playing the odd low-key acoustic concert.

On 20 March 2010, Anathema announced on their website and Facebook page the release date of their next album. Their album, We're Here Because We're Here was released on May 31, 2010, on the Kscope label.

On July 6, 2011, it was announced on the band's official page that their album of re-interpretations, Falling Deeper, will be released on September 5, 2011. The album will be a follow-up to Hindsight and will contain new orchestral versions of songs from the past, as well as a version of "Everwake" featuring the vocals of Anneke van Giersbergen. On September 12th, Les Smith's departure due to "creative and musical differences" was announced on the band's website.

On April 16, 2012, the band's ninth studio album, Weather Systems, was released via Kscope. The album entered the UK album charts at No.50 and the German album charts at No.19.

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Live Dates

May 2014

  • 31/05, Islington Assembly Hall - London, UK

June 2014

  • 12/06, The Assembly - Leamington Spa, UK
  • 13/06, Race Course - Donnington, UK
  • 15/06, Gloucester Cathedral - Gloucester, UK

July 2014

  • 12/07, Poble Espanyol - Barcelona, Spain
  • 18/07, Unknown venue - Jarocin, Poland
  • 19/07, Loreley Amphitheater - Sankt Goarshausen, Germany
  • 20/07, De Boerderij - Zoetermeer, Netherlands

August 2014

  • 21/08, The Hi-Fi - Brisbane, QLD, Australia
  • 22/08, Metro Theatre - Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • 23/08, Corner Hotel - Richmond, VIC, Australia
  • 30/08, Stage Volume - Athens, Greece
  • 31/08, Block 33 - Thessaloníki, Greece

September 2014

  • 05/09, Unknown venue - Raismes, France
  • 18/09, Limelight - Belfast, UK
  • 19/09, Button Factory - Dublin, Ireland
  • 30/09, Kulturfabrik - Esch Sur Alzette, Luxembourg

October 2014

  • 01/10, TRIX Centrum voor Muziek - Antwerp, Belgium
  • 02/10, Substage - Karlsruhe, Germany
  • 03/10, Palac Akropolis - Prague, Czech Republic
  • 05/10, Konzertfabrik Z7 - Pratteln, Switzerland
  • 06/10, Alcatraz - Milan, Italy
  • 08/10, Sala Apolo - Barcelona, Spain
  • 09/10, Sala Arena - Madrid, Spain
  • 10/10, Paradise Garage - Lisbon, Portugal
  • 11/10, Hard Club - Porto, Portugal
  • 13/10, Metronum - Toulouse, France
  • 14/10, Ninkasi Kao - Lyon, France
  • 15/10, La Laiterie - Strasbourg, France
  • 16/10, Le Bataclan - Paris, France
  • 17/10, 013 - Tilburg, Netherlands
  • 18/10, Hsd Gewerkschaftshaus - Erfurt, Germany
  • 19/10, Posthalle - Würzburg, Germany
  • 21/10, Szene Wien - Vienna, Austria
  • 23/10, A38 - Budapest, Hungary
  • 29/10, Grünspan - Hamburg, Germany
  • 30/10, Postbahnhof - Berlin, Germany

November 2014

  • 01/11, Sticky Fingers - Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 03/11, Garage - Bergen, Norway
  • 04/11, Rockefeller - Oslo, Norway
  • 05/11, Klubben, Fryshuset - Stockholm, Sweden
  • 07/11, The Circus - Helsinki, Finland
  • 08/11, Pakkahoune - Tampere, Finland
  • 10/11, Pumpehuset - Lille Sal - Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 11/11, Bürgerhaus Stollwerck - Cologne, Germany
  • 12/11, TivoliVredenburg - Utrecht, Netherlands

Latest News


14/03/2014

Anathema - 'The Crestfallen' vinyl to be released May

Anathema's 1992 studio debut of sublime sorrowful doom, 'The Crestfallen', is set for a vinyl pressing and is to be released May 12th. Presented on 180gm heavyweight vinyl, it can be pre-ordered HERE ...

26/02/2014

Anathema - ANNOUNCES U.S. TOUR WITH HIM

Following the band’s recent appearance on the inaugural voyage of the ‘Progressive Nation at Sea’ cruise, the UK’s heralded rock group, Anathema, has announced a U.S. tour for March as special ...

28/06/2013

Anathema - 'Untouchable' double-LP to be released 15th July

15th July sees the release of a double LP featuring a sublime performance from one of the UK's finest progressive atmospheric rock acts, playing top tracks from recent albums at the ancient Roman th ...

05/04/2013

Anathema - 'Eternity' coming to vinyl June 17th

Anathema's classic third album from 1996, 'Eternity', will be available on double gatefold vinyl from June 17th, & is now available to pre-order HERE. ...

10/09/2012

Anathema - debut album 'Serenades' released on vinyl October 22nd.

The debut release of doom/heavy metal from the one of the UK's most celebrated rock/metal acts is to be released on 180gm vinyl on October 22nd, & can be pre-ordered HERE. ...