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Anathema

Anathema is a band from Liverpool, England, UK primarily known as one of the pioneering and leading death doom metal acts, incorporating growling,poetic lyrics and complex arrangements into the traditional doom riffage. Later in their career,beginning with Eternity, they moved away from this sound into more melodic, atmospheric rock.

Anathema formed in 1990 as a doom metal band, initially under the name Pagan Angel. In November of that year, the band recorded their first demo,entitled An Iliad Of Woes. This demo caught the attention of several bands from the Englis ...read more

Anathema is a band from Liverpool, England, UK primarily known as one of the pioneering and leading death doom metal acts, incorporating growling,poetic lyrics and complex arrangements into the traditional doom riffage. Later in their career,beginning with Eternity, they moved away from this sound into more melodic, atmospheric rock.

Anathema formed in 1990 as a doom metal band, initially under the name Pagan Angel. In November of that year, the band recorded their first demo,entitled An Iliad Of Woes. This demo caught the attention of several bands from the English metal scene, allowing Anathema to play gigs with bands like Bolt Thrower and Paradise Lost.

At the beginning of 1991, the band adopted its current name, and 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 albumJudgement 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.

The latest album and first in seven years, We’re Here Because We’re Here, was released on May 31, 2010. The album was mixed by Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree, who has described it as "definitely among the best albums I’ve ever had the pleasure to work on". The album was proclaimed "Prog Album of the Year" by Classic Rock magazine, describing it as "A flawless, life-affirming comeback and a gold-plated contender for album of the year". Ville Valo of the band HIM recorded vocals for the song 'Angels Walk Among Us'.

On July 6, 2011, it was announced on the band’s official page that their album of re-interpretations, Falling Deeper,would be released on September 5, 2011. The album would be a follow-up to Hindsight, containing 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 16 April 2012, the band’s ninth studio album, Weather Systems, was released via Kscope. The album entered the UK album charts at No. 50and the German album charts at No. 19.

On 8 November 2012, Daniel Cavanagh announces at Anathema’s official homepage that Daniel Cardoso is joining the band as a full-time permanent basis as a key element of the band.

On 2 December 2012, Anathema announced their first concert in India. Anathema has performed at IIT Madras as part of the Saarang Rock Show on12 January 2013.

The band’s recent live album, Untouchable, was released as a double vinyl album on 24 June 2013. The album is a recording of a special one-off gig at the ancient Roman theatre of Philippopolis in 2012, where the band were joined by the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra. The set was released on Blu-ray, DVD and CD under the name Universal, with an alternate track order, on 17 September 2013.

According to the bands official Facebook site they are currently recording their new album in Norway and it will be released in 2014. « hide

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LPs
Distant Satellites
2014

3.8
253 Votes
Weather Systems
04/16/2012

3.9
626 Votes
We're Here Because We're Here
2010

4
859 Votes
A Natural Disaster
2003

3.9
540 Votes
A Fine Day to Exit
2001

3.7
401 Votes
Judgement
1999

4.2
735 Votes
Alternative 4
1998

4.1
518 Votes
Eternity
1996

3.8
334 Votes
The Silent Enigma
1995

3.8
267 Votes
Serenades
1993

3.5
222 Votes
EPs
Alternative Future
1998

3.8
9 Votes
Pentecost III
1995

3.7
67 Votes
The Crestfallen
1992

3.3
59 Votes
Live Albums
Universal
09/23/2013

4.2
45 Votes
Compilations
Falling Deeper
2011

3.5
104 Votes
Hindsight
2008

3.9
196 Votes
Resonance 2
2002

3.3
14 Votes
Resonance
2001

3.3
22 Votes

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