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Anathema

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

Latest Anathema News

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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 Added To Bloodstock Open Air Festival

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 !"

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Manatees Confirmed For Damnation Festival

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
ANATHEMA
ENTOMBED
EXTREME NOISE TERROR
MANATEES
MINSK
MISTRESS
ROTTING CHRIST
STAND-UP GUY
THERAPY?
THIS WILL DESTROY YOU

For more information, visit damnationfestival.co.uk.

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Anathama Video Interview Available Online

A new video interview by RockTube with Anathema vocalist Vincent Cavanagh in Bucharest has been posted online. The video can be viewed below. More...

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Anathema Forced To Cancel Show Due To Controversy

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.

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Leafblade To Support Anathema On Tour

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.

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Sepultura And More Added To With Full Force

Sepultura, Hackneyed and Anathema are the latest bands to be announced for Germany's With Full Force Festival this year. The festival will take place between July 3rd and 4th at Flugplatz Roitzschjora in Löbnitz, Germany.

The lineup is now as follows:

ALL SHALL PERISH
AMON AMARTH
ANATHEMA
ASPHYX
AUGUST BURNS RED
BACKFIRE
BLOODCLOT
BOUNCING SOULS
BRING ME THE HORIZON
CALLEJON
CARCASS
COMEBACK KID
CRUSHING CASPARS
DEADLINE
DEADLOCK
DER W.
DEVILDRIVER
DIE KASSIERER
DIMMU BORGIR
EISREGEN
END OF GREEN
FACEBREAKER
GOD FORBID
HACKNEYED
HATEBREED
IGNITE
LEGION OF THE DAMNED
MAROON
MOTÖRHEAD
MUCKY PUP
MY DYING BRIDE
NERVECELL
NO TURNING BACK
PARKWAY DRIVE
RAUNCHY
SCARAB
SEPULTURA
SMOKE BLOW
STOMPER 98
TERROR
THE RED CHORD
THE SORROW
WALLS OF JERICHO
WARBRINGER

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Antimatter To Tour Europe In February

UK metallers, ANTIMATTER, will tour Europe in February with the "An acoustic evening of Antimatter, Anathema and Ion music."

Confirmed dates are as follows:

Feb 17 - Sofia, Bulgaria (Fans Rockbar)

More dates will be announced soon.

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Anathema Announces European Headlining Tour Dates

Anathema has issued the following update:

"We are very happy to announce that this autumn we will be doing an extensive European tour!"

"'The Hindsight Tour' is a celebration of past and present. Featuring unheard classics from the past and unheard classics for the future..."

"We will be accompanied on the whole tour by the excellent new French band Demians. A band receiving rave reviews for their debut album 'Building an Empire.'"

"Full Details and tickets links are available on the TOUR DATES page. See you there!"

"More info on the tour and the new album will follow soon..."

Anathema tour dates are as follows: More...

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Anathema Completes New Album

English doom metal band Anathema have finished recording their new album "Hindsight" and have sent the masters to their record label. Hindsight will be a semi-acoustic album composed mostly of classic Anathema tracks, as well as one entirely new song.

Anathema is also currently recording another album, titled "Horizons", which will have entirely new songs. Both albums are set to be released this year, although no specific release date has been announced.

Anathema's lead guitarist Danny Cavanagh will also be touring Norway and Sweden with Anneke Giersbergen, former vocalist of The Gathering, on the following dates:

12th June - Gassheim, Jevnaker, Norway
13th June - Ravnedalen, Kristiansand, Norway
14th June - Blue Garden, Trondheim, Norway
15th June - Buckleys, Oslo, Norway
16th June - Klubb Garage, Marsta/Stockholm, Sweden

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Paradise Lost Plans 20th Anniversary Show

Paradise Lost is scheduled to play the Kentish Town Forum in London on September 19. They'll be supported by Anathema and My Dying Bride at this 20th anniversary show.

As previously reported, Paradise Lost recently posted four new tracks from the upcoming PARADISE LOST DVD, "The Anatomy Of Melancholy" on MySpacethier MySpace page. The tracks were recorded at the Koko club in London on April 12, 2007. The audio was mixed by producer Jens Bogren, who has previously worked with artists such as OPETH, SOILWORK and KATATONIA.

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Dreambreed Sets Release Date For New Album

Sixsixsix Records will release Dave Pybus’s first band DREAMBREED’s last-ever recording from 1997, "Misery Sessions," on CD this April, with the official release date set for April 21. "Misery Sessions" spans the group’s last three years of existence before unofficially splitting when Dave went on to join Liverpool’s ANATHEMA in 1998.

The CD will be limited and numbered at 666 copies, and will be released through Dave’s own label SixSixSix Records, which he set up in 2005. The album will only be available initially online.

DREAMBREED released one mini-album, "Sometime" (Coast to Coast Recordings), in 1995 and seven demos featuring over 30 original tracks.

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Anathema Confirm Unplugged Romanian Date

Metalfan.ro report that ANATHEMA's Vincent Cavanagh (vocals, guitar, vocodor) and Danny Cavanagh (guitar, vocals, keyboards) will play an acoustic show on May 24th in Bucharest, Romania.

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Anathema Prepare Two New Albums

Britain's ANATHEMA has issued the following update:

"We have taken all of our recording equipment to a house in England where we have built a studio and begun the first of two records to be released this year. The recording has been going very well."

"This first record is a semi-acoustic recording of many of our most loved older tracks. This will be released on Peaceville Records. The working title is 'Temporary Peace'."

"The songs to be included on 'Temporary Peace' are:

01. Angelica
02. Leave No Trace
03. Inner Silence
04. One Last Goodbye
05. Are You There
06. Fragile Dreams
07. A Natural Disaster
08. Temporary Peace
09. Flying" More...

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Porcupine Tree Announce UK Dates

Prog-metallers PORCUPINE TREE have announced they will be playing five UK shows before their scheduled dates in Finland. Support will come from ANATHEMA. Dates are as follows:

December
7 - Norwich, UK - University Of East Anglia
8 - Manchester, UK - Academy
9 - Leeds, UK - Metropolitan University
10 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City
12 - Glasgow, UK - Academy
15 - Helsinki, Finland - Ice Hall
16 - Tampere, Finland - Pakkahoune

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More Bands Confirmed For Hellfest

According to VSWebzine.com, CARCASS, MESHUGGAH, MINISTRY, AT THE GATES, FORBIDDEN and TESTAMENT are among the confirmed bands for next year's Hellfest festival, set to take place June 20-22, 2008 in Clisson, France. More than 60 bands will perform on 2 stages. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

ANATHEMA
ANAAL NATHRAKH
ANGRA
AT THE GATES
BENIGHTED
BORN FROM PAIN
CARCASS
CULT OF LUNA
ELUVEITIE
FORBIDDEN
GHOST BRIGADE
LEGION OF THE DAMNED
MESHUGGAH
MINISTRY
MY DYING BRIDE
PARADISE LOST
SEPTIC FLESH
SHINING
SICK OF IT ALL
SONATA ARCTICA
TESTAMENT
THE OLD DEAD TREE

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Anathema Post New Song Online

A brand new ANATHEMA song entitled "Angels Walk Among Us" is available for download at this location (MP3, 18 MB).

In a recent online posting, ANATHEMA mastermind Daniel Cavanagh stated about the group's upcoming album, "We intend to record over 80 minutes of music. At least 14 songs. The idea AT THE MOMENT is to release a double album called simply 'Paradigm Shift'. Again, this not not confirmed, PLANS CAN CHANGE. A double album WILL NOT mean it will be a very long album... It may only be two groups of seven songs split over two CDs in order to be easily digested by the listener. It definitely will not be a self-indulgent album. It definitely is not a 'concept album.' Themes of life, healing and unity will run through some of the songs..."

"We look forward to recording what I personally think will be a wonderful record after the tour. It is the first album we have made that will be truly complete. It will change lives. Hopefully beginning with ours."

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Antimatter Announce European Tour Dates

ANTIMATTER, the project whose recording/touring lineup has included current and former members of ANATHEMA, will team up with ANATHEMA mastermind Daniel Cavanagh's acoustic celtic project LEAFBLADE for a number of European dates in December. The details are as follows:

Dec. 01 - Istanbul, Turkey - Kemanci Rock Pub
Dec. 02 - Ankara, Turkey - Golge Pub
Dec. 04 - Belgrade, Serbia - SKC Livingroom
Dec. 05 - Zagreb, Croatia - Mochvara
Dec. 06 - Vienna, Austria - Escape
Dec. 07 - Vicenza, Italy - Lynx
Dec. 08 - Riga, Latvia - Melna Piektdiena
Dec. 09 - Tallinn, Estonia - Rockstars

ANTIMATTER's fourth studio album, "Leaving Eden", was released in April.

Watch fan-filmed video footage of ANTIMATTER performing in Warsaw, Poland on September 26, 2007 here. More...

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Serotonal Sign With Metal Breath Production

The British atmospheric doom metal band SEROTONAL from Liverpool, England has signed a deal with Metal Breath Production. Serotonal's frontman is Darren White (ex-ANATHEMA, ex-BLOOD DIVINE). The 27-minute debut EP "The Futility Of Trying To Avoid The Unavoidable" will be released by Metal Breath Production on 27th August 2007. More information you can find on the band's site or Metal Breath Production's site.

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Anathema Talk About New Album And European Tour

ANATHEMA’s Danny Cavanagh has issued a lengthy update on the band’s upcoming plans, which include a European tour with PORCUPINE TREE and tentative plans to release a double-album entitled Paradigm Shift. The update reads as follows:

“ANATHEMA is planning to play a lot of new material on tour with PORCUPINE TREE throughout Europe in the autumn…

“PORCUPINE TREE have kindly asked ANATHEMA to support them on their full European tour in the autumn…this tour is still in the planning stage and will cover a lot of territories.

“ANATHEMA have decided that - rather than rushing into the studio to finish the album in time for the tour, (and not being able to work with the producer we would like) - it will actually benefit the new songs to play them live BEFORE recording them.

“So you can expect to hear songs like ‘Angels Walk Among Us‘, ‘Paradigm Shift‘, ‘Hindsight‘, ‘Get Off, Get Out‘, ‘Lightning Song‘, ‘One Day‘, ‘Summernight Horizon‘, ‘Further‘, ‘A Simple Mistake‘ and others on the tour with PT…

“Our new American manager is helping to put everything in place for us to record and release this ambitious music. He is negotiating deals in the USA and advising us on our best way to go. the response from record companies has been very positive.

“We intend to record over 80 minutes of music [and] at least 14 songs. The idea AT THE MOMENT is to release a double album called simply…Paradigm Shift.

“Again this not not confirmed, PLANS CAN CHANGE.

“A double album WILL NOT mean it will be a very long album…it may only be two groups of seven songs…split over two CD’s in order to be easily digested by the listener. It definitely will not be a self indulgent album. It definitely is not a concept album.

“Themes of life, healing and unity will run through some of the songs…

“The recent shows we have played this year have been great. We had some great nights, some great audiences and great laughs. Thanks for everyone who helped make it happen. Special thanks must go out to Derek and Alex at the agency, Mick Reed, Milly Evans, Raymond, Ian, Loz and Hans for making it all work.

“We have loved playing. We look forward very much to introducing this intense, passionate new music to the public on tour with PORCUPINE TREE. we then look forward to recording what i personally think will be a wonderful record after the tour. It is the first album we have made that will be truly complete. It will change lives. Hopefully beginning with ours.”

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Britain's Download Festival To Be Webcast Live

Britain's Download Festival (Downloadfestival.co.uk) is set to take place June 8th - 10th at Donington Park, Leicestershire, England. This year's festival will be webcast live the festival website here.

To view the complete festival lineup, go here.

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