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Anathema

Formed: 1990
From: Liverpool, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Anathema News

Below is our complete Anathema news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Anathema Reissuing Remastered Albums

The End Records is dropping remastered reissues of "Judgement," "A Fine Day To Exit," and "A Natural Disaster" from Anathema on 180-gram vinyl and CD.

All three albums are also available as a 3-CD collector’s boxset, which includes the 38-song DVD mediabook, "Were You There?" This reissue makes available the first ever Anathema collector’s set, including an exclusive album bundle configuration of all three titles, boxset, and screenprinted slipmat. More...

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Peaceville Starts New Podcast

In a new Peaceville podcast series, former Peaceville Records employee, Dave Pybus - responsible for the layout and design of many classic titles (and perhaps more widely known for his time with Anathema and Cradle of Filth) - discusses his days at the company at the start of the 1990s, and talks with some of the bands and artists from back then, reflecting on the ways of the industry and the changes since.

In this first episode of his "Peaceville Days" podcast, Pybus talks with Aaron Stainthorpe of My Dying Bride about the early visions of the band, plus techniques of constructing artwork in the early 90s, along with some of the tribulations involved in the pre-Photoshop era.

Also joining the trip down memory lane is a conversation with artist Dave McKean, himself responsible for some of the early iconic My Dying Bride artwork. More...

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Anathema At The Circus Helsinki

In support of the new album Distant Satellites (reviewed here), Anathema has embarked on a European tour along with Mother's Cake that we were lucky enough to have had touch base in Helsinki!

I was unsure of what to expect from a band with roots in death/doom metal, who have so effectively managed to transition and grow over the years into an entity that truly emphasized the word “progressive.” However, it’s always best to expect the unexpected so we showed up early and in plenty of time to spend way too many euros at the merch stand and went on our merry way inside! More...

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Anathema Announces Special Roadburn Appearance

The organizers of the Roadburn Festival 2015 have issued the following statement about a special show from Anathema:

"It is our honour to announce that Anathema will headline the Sunday date of the 20th edition of Roadburn Festival, at the 013 venue on April 12, 2015 in Tilburg, The Netherlands, with a special performance that will span the innovative British band’s 25-year career, and include special guest appearances by former bassist and songwriter Duncan Patterson and original singer Darren White. The Roadburn show will be one of just a few dates that will make up Anathema’s short 2015 ‘Resonance’ tour.

"Anathema have steadily built a loyal following worldwide, and their career trajectory is unlike that of any other band in the last quarter century, and will be reflected and celebrated in reverse chronological order at Roadburn 2015. Starting with the anthemic progressive rock of their recent work (2012’s classic Weather Systems and 2010’s We’re Here Because We’re Here), the performance will gradually move back in time through the more gothic-oriented material of 1998’s Alternative 4 and 1996’s Eternity, all the way back to the pioneering work of 1995’s The Silent Enigma and the 1993 debut Serenades, with Patterson and White joining the band onstage for an historic reunion. More...

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Star Ark Releases New EP

Star Ark - the new metal project from Neil Flavelle that also features Anathema's Daniel Cardoso on selected tracks - just released the "God Complex Avatar" EP, which can be downloaded for free at Bandcamp. You can stream the release below, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Prey 05:14
2. Lunavore 07:34
3. He's Got A Great Job 03:16
4. The Human Clone 05:33
5. Mars Attacks 05:58
6. Evacuate 01:53 More...

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ProgPower USA XVI Lineup Revealed

The annual ProgPower USA Festival held in Atlanta, Georgia announced the lineup for its 16th year just after Seventh Wonder's set (featuring the world premiere of the live performance of "Mercy Falls" in it's entirety) on Friday, Sept 12th. The festival will be held from September 11-12, 2015.

Among the special sets include the final live performance of Falconer!

The lineup was revealed to be:

Friday (September 11, 2015)

Hibria
Anubis Gate
Morgana Lefay
Voyager (Australia) (Fans Pick Setlist)
Falconer (Final Performance Ever)
Anathema (Headliner)

Saturday (September 12, 2015)

Helker
Persefone
Dynazty
Riverside
Royal Hunt ("Padadox" in it's entirety)
Angra ("Holy Land" in it's entirety) (Headliner)

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Anathema Posts Live Acoustic Video

England’s revered melodic rock band Anathema has premiered a live acoustic video for “The Lost Song Part 2” today at ArtistDirect.com (check it out below).

The video was shot on June 3rd at the "Distant Satellites" album release show at The Record Club in Camden, London.

The song is part of a 3-track arc in an overall story about life, love, loss and death that ties the new album together. You can also read our review of "Distant Satellites" over at this location. More...

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Anathema Posts Drum Cam Footage

Drum cam footage has been posted online from Download Festival where Anathema performed the track "Distant Satellites" live. Drummer Daniel Cardoso comments:

"Drum cam perspective for the first time 'Distant Satellites' was ever played live with the full band. We don't use wedges on stage, so - apart from some backing tracks I managed to add to the mix - you'll hear mostly drums here. I guess drum cams are a drummer's most narcissistic way of exposure anyway hehe."

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Anathema Posts New Album Online For Streaming

British death/doom veterans turned progressive rock artists Anathema have posted their new album, "Distant Satellites" online to be heard in full.

You can listen to the entire new album now by heading to The Independent. This is the group's first studio album since 2012's, "Weather Systems" and follows on where the previous album left off, bringing an atmospheric sound to the table once more.

The album is out now in Japan and will be released in the United Kingdom and many other territories on June 9th, with a North American release on June 10th to follow.

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Anathema Posts Documentary Clip

The 3 disc deluxe version of Anathema's upcoming album "Distant Satellites" includes a DVD with a making-of documentary. Today the band posts a clip from that documentary, which can be seen below.

"Distant Satellites" is due out via Kscope on June 10th in North America (June 9th Europe) and can be pre-ordered at this location. You can also check out the previously posted track "The Lost Song Part 3" over here.

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Anathema Streaming New Single

The first single from Anathema's upcoming album "Distant Satellites" will be "The Lost Song Part 3," which can now be heard online. Give it a listen below, and pre-order the single at iTunes here.

The single also features new track "Coda" and an ambient mix of "The Lost Song Part 3." The full album "Distant Satellites" is due out via Kscope on June 10th in North America (June 9th Europe). "Distant Satellites" is the follow-up to the 2012 release "Weather Systems" (reviewed here).

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Anathema Announces Album Release

Following the release of brand new studio album "Distant Satellites," Anathema will head out on an extensive European tour. Dates are available in the poster below.

"Distant Satellites' is the follow-up to 2012's "Weather Systems" (reviewed here) and will be released on these dates:

Germany & Sweden – 6th June
UK & RoW – 9th June
USA, Canada & France – 10th June More...

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Anathema Comments On Upcoming Tour

Following the band's recent appearance on the inaugural voyage of the "Progressive Nation at Sea" cruise, Anathema has announced a U.S. tour for March as special guests of Finland's HIM.

The tour marks just the second proper North American run for the acclaimed group. Commented lead guitarist/vocalist Daniel Cavanagh:

"Anathema is delighted to return to the United States as special guests of our personal friends Ville Valo and HIM. It's always a great occasion playing with our Finnish mates - as we've known each other's music for many years and have been sharing stages together on a number of occasions since our main support to them in the UK for 'Dark Light' in 2006. To do this in the United States, the birthplace of rock and roll and one of Anathema's true musical and spiritual homes, is just a fantastic prospect - especially so soon after our first headlining tour last autumn which was a success beyond our expectations. We hope to really provoke a strong reaction from the audience, and I'm sure we will perform a song or two from our brand new album, which is being finished as I write. HIM in the USA? Bring it on!"

Anathema is currently in the studio working on the follow-up to the 2012 album, "Weather Systems" (reviewed here). More...

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Anathema To Support HIM In North America

Anathema recently began work on a new album to follow 2012's "Weather Systems" (reviewed here), and now the band has announced it will support HIM on upcoming North American dates this spring. Details are as follows:

Mar 07 - House Of Blues - Los Angeles, CA
Mar 08 - House of Blues - Anaheim, CA
Mar 09 - Fillmore San - Francisco, CA
Mar 12 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL
Mar 13 - House Of Blues - Cleveland, OH
Mar 14 - Irving Plaza - New York, NY
Mar 15 - Theatre Of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
Mar 16 - Irving Plaza - New York, NY
Mar 18 - Center Stage - Atlanta, GA
Mar 19 - House Of Blues - Orlando, FL
Mar 20 - Revolution - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Mar 24 - House of Blues - New Orleans, LA
Mar 25 - House of Blues - Houston, TX More...

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Anathema Enters The Studio

Anathema has entered the studio and is currently working on a new album to follow the 2012 release "Weather Systems" (reviewed here). The band comments:

"Day one and the next Anathema album recording has officially begun! Many greetings from beautiful Norway!"

Further details on this new album will be announced as they are made available. You can also check out a brief studio snippet at the band's Facebook profile here.

"Weather Systems" was the runner-up album of the year in our 2012 best-of awards, eventually losing out to Testament as all the votes were tallied.

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Mike Portnoy Talks Prog Nation Cruise

While on tour with his American power trio - The Winery Dogs - Mike Portnoy filmed an epic and personalized invite video to his first ever Progressive Nation at Sea Cruise.

Portnoy takes you band by band and leads you through the musical adventure that attendees have to look forward to at this one of a kind, floating prog festival taking place February 2014. Mike Portnoy had this to say:

"I could not be any prouder or any more excited than I am for Progressive Nation At Sea 2014. It is my ultimate dream lineup ranging from legends like Jon Anderson & Adrian Belew to Prog trailblazers like Spock's Beard & the Flower Kings to today's most extreme cutting edge artists like Devin Townsend and Periphery.

"I am also excited to be playing with Bigelf, PSMS & Transatlantic...the final encore of which will see Transatlantic & Jon Anderson joining forces for a one-time only set of Yes classics! This is going to be a historic experience and the Prog event of the Millennium! You will not want to miss out on this!"

The lineup features Adrian Belew's Power Trio, Devin Townsend Project, King's X, Spock's Beard, The Flower Kings, Pain Of Salvation, Anathema, Riverside, Periphery, Animals as Leaders, The Safety Fire, Tony Harnell & Bumblefoot, Bigelf, Beardfish, The Dear Hunter, Haken, Jolly, Anneke van Giersbergen, Mark Mikel and Next to None. More...

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Anathema Posts "Universal" Live Video

Anathema has launched a clip of "Universal," the title track from the band's new live Blu-ray, out now on Kscope. Check out the "Universal" clip below.

The concert film, which Yahoo! Music calls "an eye-opener for pop music fans who may think today's scene begins and ends with whomever might be booked on this year's VMA awards," can be purchased on Amazon.com at this location, while the live audio can be downloaded via iTunes.

Directed by acclaimed photographer/filmmaker Lasse Hoile (Porcupine Tree, Opeth), the film and album package the magic of a unique evening at the ancient Roman theatre of Philippopolis where the band was joined by the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra to kick off a lengthy world tour in support of the "Weather Systems" album (reviewed here).

You can also watch the previously posted clip for "Untouchable Part 2" over here.

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Anathema Kicking Off North American Tour

Heralded U.K. outfit Anathema will kick off a North American tour tonight in Philadelphia, PA. The co-headlining run with Alcest and special guest Mamiffer will continue through October 5th. A full list of dates can be seen below.

"I can't wait," said Anathema vocalist/guitarist Vincent Cavanagh. "Such a cool line up - three bands that move in different spheres while sharing the intent to create music that is honest, forward-thinking and uninhibited.

"I first met Stéphane from Alcest last year, discussing '90's shoegaze bands in a forest in Lithuania! He is someone for whom I have great respect. Their music is melodic and soulful, full of dream-like imagery.

"Mamiffer are true artists. The dynamic mix of stark piano, crushing melancholic textures and choral reverie is something to behold. Exactly the kind of thing I'm into, so I'm really looking forward to it."

Anathema has only performed twice as a full band in North America, at the infamous Milwaukee Metal Fest in 2000 and 2001, as well as supporting a few dates of Blackfield's 2011 tour as an acoustic duo.

To coincide with the North American tour, Anathema will release "Universal," a concert film on Blu-ray and CD/DVD capturing a special one-off gig at the ancient Roman theatre of Philippopolis, on September 17 via Kscope. More...

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Anathema Posts "Untouchable Part 2" Live Video

Anathema has teamed up with ArtistDirect.com to launch a clip from the band's upcoming live Blu-ray/DVD/CD "Universal." Check out the live performance of "Untouchable, Part 2" below.

"Universal," a concert film on Blu-ray and CD/DVD capturing a special one-off gig at the ancient Roman theatre of Philippopolis, is due out September 17th on Kscope.

Directed by photographer/filmmaker Lasse Hoile (Porcupine Tree, Opeth, Dream Theater), the film and album package the magic of the unique evening where the band was joined by the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra to kick off a lengthy world tour in support of the album "Weather Systems" (reviewed here). More...

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Anathema Comments On Upcoming Tour Dates

Vincent Cavanagh, frontman for heralded atmospheric rock band Anathema, has commented on the group's impending North American tour with co-headliner Alcest and special guest Mamiffer.

"I can't wait," said the talented vocalist/guitarist. "Such a cool line up - three bands that move in different spheres while sharing the intent to create music that is honest, forward-thinking and uninhibited.

"I first met Stéphane from Alcest last year, discussing '90's shoegaze bands in a forest in Lithuania! He is someone for whom I have great respect. Their music is melodic and soulful, full of dream-like imagery.

"Mamiffer are true artists. The dynamic mix of stark piano, crushing melancholic textures and choral reverie is something to behold. Exactly the kind of thing I'm into, so I'm really looking forward to it."

Anathema has only performed twice as a full band in North America, at the infamous Milwaukee Metal Fest in 2000 and 2001, as well as supporting a few dates of Blackfield's 2011 tour as an acoustic duo. The fall 2013 co-headlining tour will see the band play many cities in both the U.S. and Canada for the first time, beginning September 12th in Philadelphia, Pa. More...

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