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Anathema, which recently revealed the new song “Springfield” (streaming here) from the band’s forthcoming album "The Optimist" (June 9th, Kscope), is now thrilled to announce first North American dates since 2014.
The nine dates, which kick off on August 16th in Baltimore, include stops in New York, Chicago and a trio of Canadian dates. Tickets will be available this Friday the 21st.
"Touring the U.S. and Canada is always a fantastic privilege,” said guitar player Daniel Cavanagh. “These countries have been the birthplace of some of the most revered recording artists of all time. We are delighted to visit the east coast and we promise to visit the west coast, following up soon. Our new album, The Optimist, is set in America. It will be a blast! "
Anathema recorded "The Optimist" in the winter of 2016 at Attica Audio in Donegal, Ireland and then finished at Castle Of Doom studios in Glasgow with producer Tony Doogan (Mogwai, Belle & Sebastian, Super Furry Animals) at the helm. Mastering was handled at the legendary Abbey Road Studios. More...
Following 2014 album "Distant Satellites" (reviewed here and with the title track appearing on the soundtrack to sci-fi / horror novella "Empty"), Anathema will see the release of eleventh studio album "The Optimist" this coming June 9th via Kscope.
Today the band shares new song "Springfield" below as pre-orders for the 11 track album come online. Anathema singer/guitar player Daniel Cavanagh comments:
“Here we present the song 'Springfield', it’s actually the song that closed our unforgettable Wembley gig with Opeth and it seemed to be a track that just fell into place without much effort. It seemed to do itself. The song forms part of a narrative that runs through The Optimist album, it’s a narrative that begins where A Fine Day To Exit left off. The album is a journey. The songs are ambiguous. There is no right or wrong way to take them. Make of them what you will.”
Anathema began recording "The Optimist" in the winter of 2016 at Attica Audio in Donegal, Ireland and then finished at Castle Of Doom studios in Glasgow with producer Tony Doogan. Mastering was handled at Abbey Road Studios and the track listing is as follows:
1. 32.63N 117.14W
2. Leaving It Behind
3. Endless Ways
4. The Optimist
5. San Francisco
8. Can’t Let Go
9. Close Your Eyes
11. Back To the Start More...
Opeth's latest album "Sorceress" (reviewed here) went straight to #1 on the German charts and #3 in Finland upon being released in late September.
Now Mikael Åkerfeldt and his fellow musical magicians will hit the road again to support the release following a North American tour that just wrapped up on the 26th in Vancouver.
From November 6th to November 18th, prog rockers Sahg will join Opeth as tour support, while Anathema will share the stage with at the legendary Wembley Arena in London.
Catch Opeth and Sahg live on these impending European tour dates: More...
Much like after the terrorist attack in Paris at Bataclan, metal bands from around the globe have issued statements in support of the victims of the recent mass shooting in Florida, as well as releasing rainbow-themed merch with profits going towards charities to help the survivors.
The Demoliton Man Tony Dolan, frontman for Venom Inc., has issued the following statement regarding the tragic attack in Orlando at the Pulse night club this weekend:
"Currently we are touring North America again. The diversity of people makes me feel proud to be a citizen of the world in the most amazing countries that have a real pride in who they are and what they stand for! Yet still this terror over religious affiliations exist. We get stopped from playing a shown 'cause we are satanic, but now a murderous spree happens in Florida where innocent people are killed for doing nothing more than being in a land that holds true value on freedom.
"It could be despairing and my heart goes to those dead and their families. Humans create such atrocities but we cannot and must not give in to terror...fear is hiding away....let them feel the wrath of our strength! An eye for an eye...but innocents must not be the target. That would serve to make us like them and WE are more than that." More...
Death should be credited with creating death metal, at least the old school style we recognize now, as they birthed the infamous Tampa, Florida sound. Bands such as Autopsy and Obituary—two of the forerunners—would not exist without Death. Death is not the true father of death metal, though. That distinction goes to Possessed. The California Bay Area group not only played a style of brutal, vicious metal, with loads of Satanic imagery, they also coined the term “death metal” on the “Seven Churches” album.
Around 1985, albums similar to “Slowly We Rot” (Obituary) and “Mental Funeral” (Autopsy) simply did not exist. Thrash was the fasted, craziest music around. Of course Possessed has already been mentioned, but the influence of Slayer, who obviously influenced Possessed, can not be under recognized. Where Possessed was different was they used a rougher production. Dark Angel, whose drummer, Gene Hoglan, would go on to be one of the most heralded drummers in the metal biz, certainly showed a good dose of Slayer in their sound. In the beginning, Slayer was nothing more than a faster, nefarious, more solo-oriented Venom protégé. More...
Metal and gaming scribe Ty Arthur (xFiruath of Metalunderground.com/GameSkinny) today unleashes his debut novel “Empty” via Mirror Matter Press.
Following a string of short story anthology appearances, this long-awaited standalone sci-fi / horror tome is now available at Amazon here.
Down-on-his-luck, stuck performing punishment duty in the lower levels of the Penrose, Junior Engineer 3rd Class Hansen wants nothing more than to see the wreckage of a newly discovered ship dating back to man's earliest deep space explorations. The engineer is about to get his wish, and in the process come face-to-face with a long-dormant horror waiting patiently for the perfect vessel. What he'll uncover in the darkness will threaten to consume him, body and soul.
Arthur had this to say about his inaugural solo work:
“While the themes of 'Empty' draw heavily from personal experiences, it should come as no surprise that extreme metal was a major inspiration for me, and there wasn't a single moment of writing when I didn't have the headphones on, exploring the outer reaches of space through music. Special thanks in particular are due to Augury, Ne Obliviscaris, and Stagnant Waters for the epic and discordant tracks that acted as a soundtrack to those writing sessions.
“Although on the surface 'Empty' is about horrible things discovered out in the depths of space, I think metal fans in particular will be able to identify with the main character and underlying story dealing with the isolation of being different and separated from the herd.
“In the same way the music propelled me forward and inspired my writing, I hope one day 'Empty' inspires a metal band to write a sci-fi album so it can all come full circle.”
The author's recommended listening playlist to go along with a reading of “Empty” consists of: More...
"Untouchable Part 1," the first official promo video from the "A Sort of Homecoming" concert film from Anathema, is now live and can be seen below. "A Sort Of Homecoming" will be released this Friday, October 30 via Kscope and can be ordered at this location.
Directed by Lasse Hoile (Steven Wilson, Katatonia, Opeth), "A Sort of Homecoming" is a stunning concert film of Anathema's homecoming show on March 7, 2015 in the spectacular setting of the Liverpool Cathedral.
7:30am – September 11, 2015.
In any other place, at any other time of the year, 7:30am feels like noon. After last night’s Dragonland experience, it felt way too early. As a perpetual early riser, this one felt like grim death. I’m getting to old for this – restricted to two maybe three occasions a year that I would even consider staying out until 4:30-5:00am. I needed coffee….buckets of it. Where was Lance King and his trusty “Awakenings” blend when I needed it! Riiiiight, the main merch area doesn’t open until noon today.
Well, I couldn’t fall back asleep now…I might wake up at 3pm and I had an 11am sponsor meeting with Glenn Harveston. I cannot miss that one. Just a day earlier when arriving in Atlanta, I learned that since the issues with Hibria forced my sponsored band off the roster, I would now be proudly co-sponsoring Jeff Scott Soto. Nothing wrong with that! Here is a legend that now gets an extended set to celebrate his 30th anniversary – so I was expecting to hear solo material, Yngwie Malmsteen material and Talisman material at least! Truly exciting stuff….when one door closes, another opens wider! More...
Anathema will release a live Blu-ray/audio collection entitled "A Sort of Homecoming" on October 30 via Kscope.
Directed by Lasse Hoile (Steven Wilson, Katatonia, Opeth), "A Sort of Homecoming" is a stunning concert film of Anathema's homecoming show on March 7, 2015 in the spectacular setting of the Liverpool Cathedral. The concert was described by Prog Magazine as "a once in a lifetime experience that words can barely do justice."
"I'm really happy that this night in particular has been preserved," commented Anathema guitarist/vocalist, Vincent Cavanagh. "As anyone from Liverpool will tell you, to be given the chance to play the Anglican Cathedral is monumental and a huge honor. The place is absolutely huge. Just look at the cover, it was like doing a gig in Erebor!"
Having previously worked with Anathema on the acclaimed "Universal" concert film, Lasse Hoile captured the 100 minute acoustic set in high definition against the sensational backdrop of Liverpool Cathedral.
Featuring 15 songs selected from the albums "Distant Satellites," "Weather Systems," "We're Here Because We're Here," "A Natural Disaster" and "Alternative 4," the Anathema acoustic trio of Daniel Cavanagh, Vincent Cavanagh and Lee Douglas were joined by rhythm section John Douglas and Jamie Cavanagh, alongside their very talented close friend David Wesling on cello. For this exclusive performance the band was also joined by the renowned violinist, Anna Phoebe, on a haunting rendition of "Anathema." More...
ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston announced that Andorra's Persefone is the latest band to be cancelled from the 2015 roster, in part due to visa issues. The USCIS has reared its ugly head causing the most issues since 2009 for the annual festival.
Harveston explains: "Unfortunately, this situation is not a simple as the Morgana Lefay cancellation, although the visa process is once again at the root of things. It is no secret now the USCIS center in Vermont is running 4-6 weeks behind their normal schedule assuming there is no RFE (request for evidence). We technically still have three weeks we can wait to receive these visas and then schedule the mandatory interviews. However, Persefone booked a European tour in June with the assumption they would have completed the interviews prior to kicking off their tour. They cannot complete any interviews while on tour. I requested they wait until after the tour and then complete the interviews as there was still possibly time. I was informed the day job of one of the band members prevents him from traveling to Madrid during that time frame, especially with no specific date to schedule currently. Thus, I am left with no choice but to cancel the band now.
"I know these types of explanations are frustrating to you, the fans. There is simply nothing that can be done. In the immortal words of the great American poet, Jimmy Buffett, 'Breathe in..Breathe Out..Move On.' Please know that there is no animosity between the band and myself. I truly understand and empathize with their situation. I wish the band nothing but the best and will continue to support them in the future."
Within hours of the announcement, Canada's Unleash the Archers was added to the bill. The latest roster list is as follows: More...
Legendary hard rock/metal vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman, T.S.O., ex-Yngwie Malmsteen) has been confirmed for the sold-out ProgPower USA festival this year in Atlanta, Georgia, replacing Sweden's Morgan Lefay, who became the latest victim of the USICS Visa System. In a special performance, Jeff will celebrate his entire 30 year career at the festival performing songs from many of his bands along the way, including Talisman, Yngwie Malmsteen, Axel Pell Rudi, W.E.T., Rock Star, as well as his solo releases.
Jeff stated: "Having known about the ProgPower USA fest for years, I'm proud to be invited to present the ONLY US show this year with my 30th anniversary show! Me and the boys couldn't be more excited to rock Atlanta!"
Promoter Glenn Harveston added: "I’m honestly still in awe Jeff has graciously stepped up to the plate to help us out at the last minute. I can say I have never had such an amazing and quick conversation with an artist when it comes to booking a band. That is not only a sign of a true professional, but someone wanting to perform for our festival audience. Nothing fires up this crowd more than knowing a legendary name like Jeff Scott Soto actually wants to be in Atlanta. I'd also like to thank Sun Hill Management for the great response time."
Jeff Scott Soto recently took part in the sold out T.S.O./Savatage two stage spectacle at Wacken this past weekend. His latest solo release "Inside the Vertigo," under the monikor Soto, was released by earMusic back in January. More...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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)
Voyager (Australia) (Fans Pick Setlist)
Falconer (Final Performance Ever)
Saturday (September 12, 2015)
Royal Hunt ("Padadox" in it's entirety)
Angra ("Holy Land" in it's entirety) (Headliner)
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...
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."
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.