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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 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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Anathema Reveals "Universal" Details

Anathema has launched a mini-site here revealing the cover art and track listing for "Universal," a concert film on Blu-ray and CD/DVD capturing a special one-off gig at the ancient Roman theatre of Philippopolis.

"Universal" is due out this coming September 17th, 2013 via Kscope. The track listing will be as follows:

CHAPTERS
Untouchable, Part 1
Untouchable, Part 2
Thin Air
Dreaming Light
Lightning Song
The Storm Before the Calm
Everything
A Simple Mistake
The Beginning and the End
Universal
Closer
A Natural Disaster
Deep
One Last Goodbye
Flying
Fragile Dreams More...

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Anathema Announces "Universal" Release

Anathema has issued the following announcement about releasing a new Blu-Ray/CD set:

"'Universal' is our new four disc audio-visual set documenting our performance at the ancient Roman theatre of Philippopolis in Bulgaria with the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra in September 2012.

"The concert film was directed by acclaimed filmmaker Lasse Hoile (Porcupine Tree, Opeth, Dream Theater). The mail order fan's edition (Blu-ray/DVD-V/2CD) is now available to pre-order from Kscope's store."

The track listing for the Blu-Ray/2-CD set bundle is as follows (other configurations are also available): More...

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Alcest To Tour With Anathema

In September/October 2013 Alcest will take a break from working on an upcoming fourth album to embark on a double-headlining USA and Canada tour with the masters of atmospheric rock, Anathema. This is what Alcest's Neige has to say about the tour:

"We feel honored to tour with Anathema and Mamiffer. Since years Anathema is making this unique mix of prog and emotional rock. Mamiffer is the post-rock/experimental band of Faith Coloccia and Aaron Turner, talented Isis founding member and founder of Hydra Head Records. Sounds like a diverse and attractive billing! And this will also be the opportunity for us to play a few songs from our next album. See you in a few months!" More...

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Metalunderground.com's Best Of 2012 Awards

Metalunderground.com wishes all our regulars and newcomers a happy new year as we look forward to a 2013 full of improvements and hopefully even more awesome metal than the preceding year. The 2011 “best of the year” piece ended up so late it actually became an April Fool’s joke (with “Lulu” of course winning the top album spot), but this time around we’re going to dive right into a retrospective of the last 365 days of metal and how they impacted the scene at large.

Recent years have been fairly uneven for metal, punctuated by stellar releases surrounded by flops and mediocre albums from the big names. We’ve seen the continuing sad decline of some of the oldest and biggest names in metal in the past few years, but 2012 shook that up and was a year where the underground earned a greater focus.

2012 was a highly productive year for several prominent sub-genres (power, prog, and djent all saw a horde of releases from acts both known and unknown), but a little more sparse for others (there were only a handful of symphonic black metal releases by established bands.) Considering the sheer number of albums, EPs, singles, demos, etc. that see the light of day per year, we’re inevitably going to end up overlooking some that were definitely good releases, so please accept our apologies in advance if a band you dig didn’t get a nod. We love all forms of metal, and there’s just no way to cover everything that happened in 2012 in a single article.

While 2012 was an off-year on the release schedule for some of the highest profile acts, there were still plenty of bands in the upper echelons that dropped new material. Metaldom saw albums hit from the likes of Between the Buried and Me, Therion, The Sword, Dethklok, Cradle of Filth, Kamelot, Enslaved, Katatonia, Korpiklaani, Borknagar, and Lacuna Coil. Obviously that alone covers a huge range of sound, and we also got to hear some highly anticipated new material from God Seed, Ministry, Wintersun, Baroness, Meshuggah, Woods of Ypres, and Ex Deo. Some of those ended up being worth the hype, while others didn’t meet the high level of expectation, and below you’ll see how our contributors voted on last year’s releases.

Before we jump into the different categories and winners, I’d like to mention how this was such a good year for bands that mash up genres. Fans of different styles colliding were in for a treat as cross-genre experimentation seems to be becoming more of the norm these days. The Wretched End blended together death and thrash, Diablo Swing Orchestra worked swing music into metal, Kontrust melds pop and metal, Stealing Axion worked through just about every sub-genre that exists, and Nachtblut blurred the lines between industrial and symphonic black metal. It seems like this trend is running strong and cross pollination is going to widen metal fan’s musical horizons and introduce mainstream music enthusiasts into the more extreme stuff. More...

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Sunday Old School: Anathema

Over the past few months, Sunday Old School has examined British outfit, My Dying Bride and Swedish metal favourites, Katatonia, who, along with Paradise Lost, are known as three of the four bands who helped to pioneer the death/doom genre. This week, we’ll be completing the set by taking a look at Anathema, another band instrumental in launching the sub-genre, but who soon found themselves on an entirely different musical path. Anathema were formed in the English city of Liverpool in 1990, initially under the name of Pagan Angel. They recorded their first demo, "An Iliad of Woes," in November of that year which soon spread around the English music scene and caught the interest of several labels, with the band eventually settling on Peaceville Records following the release of their second demo, "All Faith is Lost." Their first release through Peaceville was an EP named, "The Crestfallen," which earned them enough credibility that they were able to tour with American death metal favourites, Cannibal Corpse. They followed, "The Crestfallen" with their first full length album, "Serenades," which also earned the band significant exposure and featured a music video for the song, "Sweet Tears," which soon gained airplay on MTV. As well as television exposure, the band were soon able to tour throughout Europe and were even scheduled to perform at a festival in Brazil.

Despite the rapidly growing fan base and success, vocalist Darren White decided to leave the band in 1995. Rather than searching for a new singer, guitarist Vincent Cavanagh took over the spot behind the microphone, and later that year, Anathema released their second studio album, "The Silent Enigma," which marked Cavanagh’s debut recording with the band, after he had made his live debut as the group’s frontman when they had toured with countrymen, Cathedral. They followed, "The Silent Enigma" a year later with their third full length, "Eternity," which received near universal acclaim. The album was notable for moving away from the doom metal sound and more towards alternative rock, with some psychedelic and gothic influences also present. More...

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Anathema Recruits Daniel Cardoso Permanently

Anathema has issued the following announcement about recruiting Daniel Cardoso as a permanent member:

"Anathema is delighted and proud to announce that Daniel Cardoso is joining the band on a full time permanent basis as a key element of our musical team.

"Anyone who has seen us live this last year will have seen Daniel behind the keyboard rack with us. Some of you will know his production skills with our friend Anneke van Giersbergen, Head control System and many other works. Others of you may know him as one of the most bad ass drummers working in Europe today.

"Our man Cardoso is such a complete musician who adds so much to our line up that the thought of working closer with him has been growing on my mind for some time. I simply love the way he plays and we share a common sensibility and understanding of the music and how it should sound. So I came to the conclusion that the strongest incarnation of Anathema, in the studio as well as on the road, is with Daniel in the line up, full time.

"I now feel that alongside the brilliant and rarely gifted songwriter John Douglas, who remains integral to what we do, with this addition we can now accomplish anything musically that we might imagine. Everywhere I look in the band I see great talent.

"It's important for the fans to know and understand that that the long standing Anathema songwriting team of Daniel Cavanagh, John Douglas and Vincent Cavanagh stays intact and remains strongly bonded and unchanged.

"Our philosophy is - if it isn't broke, don't fix it. This songwriting team is important to our continued growth. More...

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