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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.
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...
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...
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."
American progressive metal act Dream Theater has been announced as the headline act at the forthcoming "Night of the Prog" festival in Germany. "Night of the Prog" 2011 is set to take place on July 8-9, 2011 in Loreley, Germany. Other acts that have been announced include Riverside, Anathema, Eloy and IQ. A festival press release states:
"It took this festival only a few editions to raise to one of the leading progressive rock festivals in Europe - or probably even the world.
"Next to the music and bands that have taken part at the festival editions, the main reason for the success is simply the location! The UNESCO world heritage Loreley is one of the most outstanding open air amphitheaters in Europe. High above the river Rhine, the visitors are overwhelmed by the beautiful surrounding area.
"By this outstanding [ambient] we continue to establish the festival as the "[Mecca] of Progressive Rock.' The hightlights of the past 3 years have been for sure the appearances of Fish, ASIA, Jethro Tull, Roger Hodgson, Steve Hackett, Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Marillion - to name a few.
"The tradition to supply a stage for young and emerging artists is one of our major tasks. To give them the chance to play in front of thousands of people will definitely help to create a career."
The organisers of France's biggest metal festival, Hellfest, has announced that four huge names have been added to next year's bill. Heavy metal godfather Ozzy Osbourne will be taking the stage, as well as German hard rock legends the Scorpions, who will be retiring after they complete their touring schedule. Also confirmed for the festival are Swedish progressive metal favourites Opeth and Black Label Society, which features former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde. There are also more new confirmations in the form of German thrash legends Kreator and Sodom, Norwegian black metal veterans Mayhem, Anathema, Bolt Thrower and Therion. The festival will take place in Clisson, France from June 17th-19th.
The lineup is now as follows: More...
Rockpages.gr recently conducted an interview Anathema's Daniel Cavanagh. Footage from the interview can be viewed below.
Peaceville Records has issued the following announcement about releasing two Anathema albums on vinyl:
"2 more classic titles are coming soon to the Peaceville vinyl store in the shape of Anathema's essential 'A Fine Day to Exit' & 'A Natural Disaster' albums. Both are set for a December 6th release & are available to pre-order now. They are presented on heavyweight vinyl with gatefold sleeve, & are limited to just 2000 numbered copies."
The organisers of Belgiums biggest metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, has confirmed the final bands for this years edition of the event. The biggest news is that Soulfly, the band led by former Sepultura frontman Max Cavalera, will be headlining the event on the Saturday. Other bands added to the bill include New York hardcore legends Sick Of It All, former Guns N Roses guitarist Slash, Hatebreed, Revamp, Oceans Of Sadness and Dear Superstar. The festival takes place in the town of Dessel from June 25th-27th.
The lineup is now as follows:
Friday: Aerosmith (Headliners)
Stone Temple Pilots
My Dying Bride
The Devil's Blood
Oceans Of Sadness
The organisers of Belgiums premier metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, has announced the addition of eleven more bands to this years bill. Among the latest acts are American supergroup Hellyeah, Australian rockers Airbourne and British heavy metal veterans Raven. The other confirmed bands are Katatonia, Evergrey, The Devil's Blood, Eluveitie, Finntroll, Dark Funeral, 3 Inches Of Blood and Sylosis. The festival will take place in the town of Dessel from June 25th-27th.
The lineup is now as follows: More...
ANATHEMA has announced the release of their 8th studio album, "We’re Here Because We’re Here," which will be released on May 31st via Kscope Records.
Danny Cavanagh comments on the new album, "'We’re Here Because We’re Here' is Anathema’s most expansive album to date and by the far best thing we’ve ever done. Not only have we improved as writers, but because we took our time, we had the opportunity to select the very best material and concentrate on it. We gave the songs the chance to breathe and come alive by themselves and it’s ended up being magical – every song is as good as the rest of them. This album features the best performances by the band ever; Vincent’s greatest vocals and John’s and my best writing" More...
The organisers of Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting festival has announced several more bands for this year's edition of the event. Among the latest acts are American thrash metal legends Slayer, British gothic metal veterans Paradise Lost, heavy metal icons Saxon and death metal legends Cannibal Corpse and Deicide. Also confirmed are Steel Panther, U.D.O., A Day To Remember, 36 Crazyfists, Atreyu, Between The Buried And Me, Unearth, Anathema and Rise To Remain. The festival will take place in the town of Dessel from June 25th - 27th.
The lineup is now as follows: More...
Norwegian metallers Pantheon I have been confirmed for the Summer Breeze 2010 festival, which will take place from August 19th - 21st in Dinkelsbuehl, Germany. More information about the festival can be found at this location. The currently confirmed line-up is as follows:
Children of Bodom
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Hail of Bullets
Long Distance Calling
My Dying Bride
Subway to Sally
Swallow the Sun
The Devil's Blood
War From a Harlots Mouth
We Butter the Bread with Butter
Leaves' Eyes are the latest band to be confirmed for the Summer Breeze Open Air 2010 festival. The festival will take place from August 19th - 21st in Dinkelsbühl, Germany. More information about the festival can be found at this location.
The other confirmed bands for the festival include: More...
Lebanon's TristMoon have been confirmed as an opening act for Anathema at the Beirut Rock Festival which is set to be held on the 11th, 13th and 14th of November.
Nov.11: Peter Murphy (BAUHAUS) / Agua de Annique (the GATHERING)
Nov 13: Yann Tiersen / Eileen Khatchadourian
Nov.14: Anathema / To Die For / TristMoon / Weeping Willow
at the Forum de Beyrouth
Tickets on sale at all Virgin Megastore branches:
Day 1 - $30 standing & $60 Seated
Day 2 - $30 & $50 standing, $50 Seated & $70 Seated
Day 3 - $35 standing & $50 Seated
Special 3 days festival pass for $70 standing & $100 Seated
UK metal band, Leafblade, has posted two new tracks, "The Roots and the Stones" and "A Celtic Brooding in Renaissance Man," from their new album at their MySpace page. Leafblade has also announced some Scandinavian gigs with Anathema.
Leafblade tour dates with Anathema are as follows:
Sep 06 - KB - Kulturbolaget - Malmø, Sweden
Sep 08 - John Dee - Oslo, Norway
Sep 09 - Sticky Fingers - Gøteborg, Sweden
Sep 11 - Fryshuset - Klubben - Stockholm, Sweden
The Bloodstock Open Air Festival web page has posted the following article regarding Anathema:
"Bloodstock are pleased to confirm UK progressive metallers Anathema are to grace the main stage at this years BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR !
As one of the three British bands that popularized doom death in the early nineties, Anathema has come a long way indeed. The trio of Anathema, My Dying Bride, and Paradise Lost all played a similar style in their early careers, but have since diverged, with My Dying Bride sticking the closest to the original style, Paradise Lost wandering into more radio-accessible territory, and Anathema more or less taking the middle road. By the time of 1999's Judgment Anathema was less a doom death band and more a dark metal band, with mostly clean vocals but retaining some of the brooding, heavy rifting of the past. The succeeding albums have seen the band striking out into new territory, with A Natural Disaster almost completely non-metal of any kind, instead adopting a serene, ambient, introspective rock style (others have noted similarities to Radiohead and Pink Floyd). On its own merits, it's a beautiful album, though certainly those who only know the band from the Serenades days would be more than a little surprised with this new direction.
Shortly before the release of A Fine Day to Exit, Dave Pybus announced his departure from the band to join - ironically - Cradle of Filth. He was replaced by touring bassist George Roberts and then by Jamie Cavanagh.
In March of 2002, Daniel Cavanagh announced his departure from the band, joining Duncan Patterson's band Antimatter. But he came back to Anathema and in 2003 the band released A Natural Disaster and started an European Tour. This album took experimenting a bit further showing that their biggest source of inspiration is Pink Floyd.
Today the music of Anathema lost all connection with the doom or metal genre, but has a more atmospheric and progressive tone. It owes more to the like of Radiohead, Jeff Buckley and especially Pink Floyd, a major influence for the band.
The band are very pleased to be gracing the main stage at this years Bloodstock Open Air festival and have promised fans a performance to remember !"
Manatees has been confirmed for UK's Damnation Festival 2009, set to take place Saturday 24th October at Leeds University Union.
Festival director Gavin McInally said: "Manatees will bring to the mix their blend of soul-crushing progressive sludge in what is shaping up to be our most eclectic lineup yet."
The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
A STORM OF LIGHT
EXTREME NOISE TERROR
THIS WILL DESTROY YOU
For more information, visit damnationfestival.co.uk.
A new video interview by RockTube with Anathema vocalist Vincent Cavanagh in Bucharest has been posted online. The video can be viewed below. More...
The Liverpool Echo has reported the following story about Anathema being forced to cancel a show over allegations that they worship Satan:
A LIVERPOOL band about to play to more than 1,000 fans in Tunisia had the plug pulled on their concert when authorities believed rumors they were Satanists.
Anfield group Anathema were ready to perform a sold out gig in the capital Tunis when they were told they could not go ahead.
They hoped to reschedule for a couple of night later but the gig was canceled a second time.
Guitar technician Darryl Anthony wrote in his blog: “Our promoter informed us that somebody has informed the Tunisian interior ministry that Anathema are Satan worshipers who eat black cats and drink their blood.
“The ministry have requested song lyrics to peruse over the weekend in order to put their minds at rest.”
Read the full article at Liverpool Echo.
LEAFBLADE, the band consisting of Sean Jude and Danny Cavanagh (from Anathema) will support Anathema on all the shows in Portugal and Spain in May. The tour dates are as follows:
May 5 - Lisbon, Portugal (Incrivel Almadense)
May 6 - Porto, Portugal (Teatro Sa da Bandeira)
May 7 - Bilbao, Spain (Santana 27)
May 8 - Madrid, Spain (Penelope)
May 9 - Granada, Spain (El Tren)
May 10 - Alicante, Spain (Nave 8)
May 11 - Barcelona, Spain (Salamandra 1)
The band is also putting together a sixteen-date tour in June with Mick at Antimatter along for six shows. Dates and details will be announced when finalized.