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Formed: 1990
From: Liverpool, United Kingdom
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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 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:

Untouchable, Part 1
Untouchable, Part 2
Thin Air
Dreaming Light
Lightning Song
The Storm Before the Calm
A Simple Mistake
The Beginning and the End
A Natural Disaster
One Last Goodbye
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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Anathema Posts Road Report

Anathema is touring in support of the band's latest album "Weather Systems" (reviewed here), and now band member Danny Cavanagh has checked in with the following road report:

"It's been a week since we started the second part of our Weather Systems tour of Europe, and as we all expected, everything has transpired exactly to plan. Thanks to the fact that we were recording live album and DVD on the FIRST show of the tour, it really meant that we had to hit the ground running, and rehearse harder than we ever have before to be able to pull this off. Thanks to our hard work and fantastic road crew, the first show was a great success for us, and the audience, as expected, were truly amazing.

"If I can spend a few minutes here speaking of the amazing job that the road crew did on the night of the Bulgarian show, no matter what words I could use to compliment their work, it would fall short of truly expressing the job they did, or our gratitude. The stage, the lights and the sound were all truly stunning, as indeed was the work of our orchestral composer in England, and the plovdiv symphony orchestra.

"So a huge thank you to Tonto, Ian, Paul, Rob, Pete, Levon, Dave, the string players and to the fans, thank you all for an unforgettable night. Our man in the studio christer is now mixing the music for a 2013 release. More to come…"

Anathema's show in Bulgaria was filmed for a Blu-Ray release coming next year, with more details to be announced shortly. You can also watch Anathema's music video for "Untouchable (Part One)" at this location.

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Anathema Filming Concert For Blu-ray Release

Anathema has issued the following announcement about filming an upcoming concert for an impending Blu-ray release:

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for Bulgarian fans and indeed fans around the world to be part of Anathema's Bluray recording on Saturday.

"As you may know, on 22nd September the Ancient Roman Theatre in Plovdiv (Bulgaria) will host a truly special concert. The ruins of this spectacular building will provide a magical backdrop when Anathema take to the stage to perform their show alongside the string players of the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra. After weeks of speculation we can now reveal that this unique concert will be recorded live and released on bluray in 2013 by Kscope.

"Recording a definitive Anathema DVD in Bulgaria, among some of the best fans in the world, has been on our agenda for some years. The fact that it's in this amazing location with an orchestral performance is surely a recipe for something special.

"Fresh from winning the award for Best Live Performance at the UK Classic Rock Presents Prog Awards last month, Anathema has designed a stunning production for this show and you can expect to see a breathtaking performance of Anathema songs, new and old. Anathema fans are travelling from far and wide for this show and flights to Sofia have seen a boom in recent weeks! A limited number of tickets still remain for this opportunity so to buy your ticket and be part of this one-off experience, follow the link here. See you in Plovdiv!"

Anathema is performing in support of latest album "Weather Systems" (reviewed here), and the band also recently released a new video clip for the song "Untouchable (Part One)," which is available at this location.

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Anathema Releases New Music Video

Anathema has released a new music video for the track "Untouchable (Part One)," which is taken from the band's new album "Weather System" (reviewed here). The video can be viewed below, and Anathema also commented:

"The video for ‘Untouchable (part one)’, the opening track from Weather Systems is now online. The video which reflects the themes created in the album was edited together by Lasse Hoile, the acclaimed director and filmmaker, best known for his work with Steven Wilson and Porcupine Tree. We hope you love it!" More...

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Anathema Video Interview Posted Online

Spazio Rock has posted a new video interview online with Vincent Cavanagh and Daniel Cardoso from Anathema about the band's new album "Weather Systems" (reviewed here), which can be viewed below.

Anathema also recently announced new upcoming European dates, including shows with Opeth, and full details are available here. To hear more from the band's new album, check out a teaser trailer for "Weather Systems" at this location.

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Anathema Announces Shows With Opeth

Anathema has issued the following announcement about adding on more tour dates, including shows supporting Sweden's Opeth:

"As promised, we're now able to announce the big news! Not only have we added a further 11 shows to our European tour but we are also confirmed as special guests to the mighty OPETH on a selection of their UK and European shows in November!

"This tour also includes three very special unplugged shows including London's Union Chapel. Tickets for the new tour dates and Opeth shows are on sale from 15th June."

Anathema is touring in support of the band's new album "Weather System" (reviewed here), while Opeth is performing in support of latest album "Heritage" (reviewed here). More...

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Anathema Issues New Tour Blog

Anathema's Dan Cavanagh has now checked in with a new road report from the band's time touring in support of new album "Weather System" (reviewed here). The tour update reads as follows:

"Paris, Amsterdam, Milano, Poland, London, all the German shows, Antwerp, Pratteln... All the audiences will live long in the memory! Thank you so very much for coming out in such great numbers and supporting us. We hope we repaid you with some passionate performances and professional approach to what we do.

"London was remarkable for the sheer beauty of the venue as well as the number of dear friends who came.. Worth a mention each of them, the list is too long, but there at the "Camden Palace" was Christer Andre Cederberg, Petter Carlsen, Alx Leeks, the Kscope people, Duncan Patterson, Jenni from the Agency group, as well as the boys from Shadowlight and Uncaused Creation whose music I have been helping and overseeing where I can. Also special mention goes to Jo who I met before the show and told me of her personal connection to 'internal landscapes'...

"Friends came from all across Europe and some further afield, I recognized at least one face from the United States, which considering my new found love for that country was a welcome reminder that we have to go back!

"We worked really hard to get everyone involved at Koko, which may not have been as easy as all that, as I am guessing almost half of the audience in that packed venue were watching us for the first time.. An honour and a privilege to play for so many new faces. It was much the same in Amsterdam. That's the first time Anathema have played in such venues. We're happy. More...

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Anathema Posts Road Report

Anathema is currently on the road supporting the band's new album "Weather Systems" (reviewed here). Anathema's Dan Cavanagh has now checked in with the following road report from Belgium:


"Spring under a cherry blossom tree in Belgium.. and though the sun be hidden behind light cloud above, it fails not to inspire hope of a better day ahead.

"Welcome to the weather report from the most peaceful spot I've found so far on tour, underneath this cherry blossom tree @Trix, Antwerp. The drifting of cherry blossom leaves upon an April breeze is one of my favourite and most captivating moments in nature. A blessing indeed and an ideal place to have a little picnic and write a report for you good folk.

"Behind the excellent Trix venue lies a peaceful garden, complete with said cherry blossom and what I think are two weeping willows. Regardless of the names of these trees, it's a solace indeed to be here with coffee, fruits and a little bit of spring in the heart. Quieter moments such as these are a tonic from the intensity of some of the live performances, I suppose thanks to one thing, one can appreciate the other.

"The tour is going splendidly well and the album is being received equally well too, thanks to all you good people. We are also very happy with the atmosphere between band and crew and the good work that's being done to make all this happen. More...

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Anathema Posts New Album Trailer

Anathema released the band's ninth studio album "Weather Systems" (reviewed here) earlier this week. The band has now posted a teaser trailer for the release online, also featuring information on upcoming tour dates, which can be viewed below.

"Weather Systems" is the follow-up to 2010's "We're Here Because We're Here" (reviewed here). The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Untouchable, Part 1 (6:14)
2. Untouchable, Part 2 (5:33)
3. The Gathering of the Clouds (3:27)
4. Lightning Song (5:25)
5. Sunlight (4:55)
6. The Storm Before the Calm (9:24)
7. The Beginning and the End (4:53)
8. The Lost Child (7:02)
9. Internal Landscapes (8:52) More...

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Anathema Streaming New Song

Today sees the U.S. release of Anathema's ninth studio album, "Weather Systems" (reviewed here) via The End Records.

In addition to previously posting the song "The Beginning and the End" online, Anathema has now teamed up with Popmatters.com to post another track online from the new album. Check out "The Storm Before the Calm" at this location.

"Weather Systems" is the follow-up to 2010's "We're Here Because We're Here" (reviewed here). More...

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Anathema Posts Tour Diary

Anathema, which recently dropped new album "Weather Systems" (reviewed here), has now checked in with the following tour diary:

"Here's the first of the tour diaries from Dan as the tour begins in Krakow. We'll be bringing you regular updates as we travel through Europe.

"We begin the new chapter in Poland! The scene of so many great nights for band and audience in the past..

"In fact I still have kept the plectrum from the show in 2010 at this very club, as it seemed to me to be the best show with the most receptive audience we had ever played to at that point. Something came together that night that has lived long in the memory. Can we top it? That remains to be seen, but I'm sure we'll do our best and the audience will play their part.

"So, welcome to the weather systems tour diary for 2012, from a beautiful and rainy Krakow, Poland. The first night of the tour, and everyone is looking forward to this. There are some new songs that we are so looking forward to playing live.. These are exciting times for us and you too we hope..

"The response to the new album has been great and we thank each and every fan for all your continued support, we hope to enjoy the journey with you together..

"We have just come offstage from sound check and it's starting to get closer to the moment of truth! I can honestly say I'm not the least bit nervous, strange though it seems :-)

"Oh and the rain has stopped...

"..to be continued."

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Anathema Streaming New Track

U.K. atmospheric rockers Anathema are streaming the track "The Beginning And The End" from the forthcoming LP "Weather Systems." The album is set for release on April 16, 2012 through Kscope Music. The song is also available for free download, as reported earlier at this location.

Check out "The Beginning And The End" here:

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Anathema Offering Free Song Download

Anathema will be releasing the new album "Weather Systems" on April 16th, 2012 and the band is now offering a free download of a track off the album. Download the song "The Beginning and the End" at this location.

"Weather Systems" is the follow-up to 2010’s "We're Here Because We're Here" (reviewed here). The band commented on the new release, "It feels like we are at a creative peak right now, and this album reflects that. Everything from the production to the writing to the performances are a step up from our last album. This is not background music for parties. The music is written to deeply move the listener, to uplift or take the listener to the coldest depths of the soul." More...

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Three More Bands Confirmed For Brutal Assault 2011

The organisers of the Czech Republic's Brutal Assault festival has announced a further three confirmations for this year's event. Newly added to the bill are Scottish hardcore punk/crossover thrash legends The Exploited, Bay Area thrash veterans Forbidden and American mathcore outfit The Dillinger Escape Plan. The festival will take place from August 11th-13th in Josefov, Czech Republic.

The lineup is as follows: More...

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Threshold To Play Night Of The Prog

Threshold has issued the following announcement about performing at the upcoming Night of the Prog festival in July:

"Threshold will perform at the 2011 edition of Night Of The Prog Festival in Germany on 8-9 July. Other bands include Dream Theater, Anathema, IQ, RPWL, Eloy, Riverside and more."

You can check out Threshold's full touring itinerary at this location. Additional details on Germany's Night of the Prog festival can be found here.

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