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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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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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Anathema Announce More European Tour Dates

Britain's ANATHEMA has scheduled the following dates:

May 30 - Bibelot, Dordrecht, Holland
May 31 - Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
Jun. 01 - Substage, Karlsruhe, Germany
Jun. 02 - Rockhaus, Salzburg, Austria
Jun. 03 - Gods of Metal, Milan, Italy
Jun. 04 - Biebob, Vosselaar, Belgium
Jun. 05 - Tivoli, Utrecht, Holland
Jun. 06 - Lantaarn, Hellendoorn, Holland
Jun. 15 - Artmania, Sibiu, Romania
Jul. 01 - Rockwave, Athens, Greece More...

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Within Temptation Confirmed For Artmania Festival

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal band WITHIN TEMPTATION has been confirmed for the Artmania Festival, set to take place June 15-17 in Sibiu, Romania. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:


Check out a poster for the event at Metalfan.ro.

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Anathema Announce European Tour Dates

Britain's ANATHEMA has scheduled the following dates:

May 30 - Bibelot, Dordrecht, Holland
May 31 - Z-7, Pratteln, Switzerland
June 01 - Substage, Karlsruhe, Germany
June 02 - Rockhaus, Salzburg, Austria
June 03 - Gods of Metal, Milan, Italy
June 15 - Artmania, Sibiu, Romania
July 01 - Rockwave, Athens, Greece

ANATHEMA has set "Everything" as the title of its new album, tentatively due later in the year. More...

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Gods of Metal Festival Announce Bands

According to a posting on DREAM THEATER's official web site, SYMPHONY X, ANATHEMA, PORCUPINE TREE, SADIST and DGM have also been confirmed to appear at this year's Gods of Metal festival, which will take place in two separate installments at Idroscalo in Milan, Italy. The first part of the festival will be held on June 2-3 and will feature the following artists (with more to be confirmed):

June 2-3:


The second installment of Gods of Metal will take place June 30 and will feature OZZY OSBOURNE (headliner), MEGADETH and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, among others.

There will be eight bands performing each day (a total of 24 artists over the three days). Tickets go on sale January 26.

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Helldone Festival Announce More Acts

British Doom masters CATHEDRAL are scheduled to appear at Finland`s Helldone Festival. The festival will take place at the Tavastia Club in Helsinki from December 29th to 31st. Alongside CATHEDRAL, labelmates AMORPHIS plus acts such as HIM, KATATONIA and ANATHEMA will rock the house.

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Anathema And H.I.M. Perform Track Together

During his very sucessful solo tour of Finland, ANATHEMA mastermind Daniel Cavanagh was joined onstage by Ville Valo from H.I.M. to perform the ANATHEMA track "Inner Silence". ANATHEMA's emotional style of music has always been an inspiration to Ville, and for Danny this was a nice way to say "thank you" to him for allowing ANATHEMA on their recent high-profile tour of the U.K.

Metal Mind Productions released a new ANATHEMA DVD, entitled "A Moment in Time", on June 19 in Europe (July 18 in the U.S.). The main part of DVD was recorded in Poland at the famous Metal Mania Festival 2006 (the biggest hard rock/metal festival in Eastern Europe). The set list included their best songs plus a cover of PINK FLOYD's "Comfortably Numb". The guest performance was done by a string quartet. Bonus material includes live video footage, video clips, and a documentary. The DVD will be available also in a limited edition with bonus audio CD.

ANATHEMA are currently unsigned as a result of having been dropped by BMG/Zomba after their previous label, Music For Nations, was folded into parent company Zomba Records Group (the world's largest independent music group).

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Anathema To Play Jordan

Anathema are going to Jordan. They'll play their first ever show in the Middle Eastern country on August 25, at the Al-Ahlyyiah Amman University Arena in Amman.

At last report, ANATHEMA were unsigned as a result of having been dropped by BMG/Zomba after their previous label, Music For Nations, was folded into parent company Zomba Records Group (the world's largest independent music group).

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Anathema's Danny Cavanagh Announces Solo Dates

According to the official Anathema website, Danny Cavanagh will be touring finland and the baltics presenting acoustic and piano versions of old and new anathema songs. Support comes from his acoustic celtic project Leafblade.

The dates are as follows:

Baltic dates:
3 August - Liepaja (Latvia) Fontain Palace
4 August - Vilnius (Lithiuania) Skliautu galerija
5 August - Riga (Latvia) Melna Piektdiena
6 August - Tallinn (Estonia) Rock Stars

Finland dates with Leafblade:
9 August - Turku (Dynamo Club)
10 August - Helsinki (Semifinaali Club)
11 August - Tampere (Vastavirta Club)
12 August - Jyvaskyla (Bar 68) with Silentium
13 August - Kuopio (Henry's Pub)

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Antimatter Prepare To Record New Album

ANTIMATTER, whose recording/touring lineup has included current and former members of ANATHEMA, will enter the studio on June 9 to begin recording their fourth album, "Leaving Eden", tentatively due before the end of the year via The End Records. Confirmed guest musicians for the follow-up to 2005's "Planetary Confinement" include Danny Cavanagh (lead guitar, piano), Ste Hughes (bass), Rachel Brewster (violin) and Chris Phillips (drums).

"Leaving Eden" projected track listing:

01. Another Face In A Window
02. Ghosts
03. Redemption
04. Landlocked
05. The Freak Show
06. Fighting For A Lost Cause
07. Leaving Eden
08. The Immaculate Misconception
09. Conspire

Artwork for the album will be handled by Adrian Owen.

ANTIMATTER recently licensed their live CD, "Live@K13" to the Greek label Sleaszy Rider. The CD, which was originally issued in 2003, will be re-released later this year with two bonus tracks.

"Live@K13" was recorded live in Lille, France and features covers by classic ANATHEMA tracks such as "Lost Control", "Alternative 4" and more.

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Anathema Post New Song Available For Download

British metallers ANATHEMA have posted the following message on their official web site:

"Here we present a brand new ANATHEMA song called 'Everything'. It has been recorded and mixed by the band, independent of any record company.

"We decided to give this song directly to the public as soon as it was finished, as a thank you to all those people who have kept faith with ANATHEMA and what we are doing.

"ANATHEMA presently has no record deal. For this reason, we have included a Donate Option, where you can help the band by donating a small amount to the process of recording this new record. In return, we will present more songs for you to download over the coming weeks and months. These versions will be exclusive and not available anywhere else.

"Here is an opportunity for people to support a band directly, instead of filling the pockets of anonymous businessmen.

"The sentiment of this song is one of hope. Of truth. We are very proud of it. We hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed creating it."

Download the new ANATHEMA song "Everything" at this location.

"Everything" is one of three songs ANATHEMA recorded at Les Smith's Sewerside studios to be released on the Internet in time for the band's U.K. tour with H.I.M. Other tracks laid down during the sessions are "One Day" and "Angels Walk Among Us".

ANATHEMA are currently unsigned as a result of having been dropped by BMG/Zomba after their previous label, Music For Nations, was folded into parent company Zomba Records Group (the world's largest independent music group).

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Anathema Will Record New Internet-Only EP

British metallers ANATHEMA have posted the following message on their official web site:
"We are going into Les Smith's Sewerside studios next week to record three songs to be released on the Internet in time for the U.K. tour with H.I.M.

"It's looking good at the moment. The songs are good, there is interest from a label we are interested in, and it looks positive. The three tracks will be available on our web site (not iTunes, as previously reported - we feel PayPal will help it to be more available to all who want it). And there will be a donate option if people wish to help the band by paying for the songs.

The songs are:
01. One Day
02. Everything
03. Angels Walk Among Us More...

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Anathema Member To Tour Norway Solo

ANATHEMA mastermind Daniel Cavanagh will undertake a solo and acoustic Norwegian tour in March 2006. His set will feature mainly Anathema classics past and present, plus various cover versions. The shows will be stripped down, featuring Danny with just a guitar a keyboard/piano in the most imtimate possible setting. The dates are as follows:

Mar. 16 - Bergen, NOR @ Garage
Mar. 17 - Trondheim, NOR @ Kafe Larssen
Mar. 18 - Oslo, NOR @ Tut og Kjør

ANATHEMA's previously announced U.K./Irish tour as the support act for H.I.M. — originally scheduled for January — has been postponed until April. More...

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Anathema To Tour UK And Ireland With HIM

Anathema have posted the following message at their official site:

"We are very pleased to confirm that we will be touring with HIM throughout the UK and Ireland in January."

The dates are as follows:


16 - Dublin, Ireland at Ambassador
17 - Dublin, Ireland at Ambassador
19 - Glasgow, Scotland at Carling Academy
20 - Newcastle, England at Carling Academy
21 - Manchester, England at Apollo
22 - Manchester, England at Apollo
24 - Birmingham, England at Academy
25 - Birmingham, England at Academy
26 - London, England at Brixton Academy

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Testament Confirmed For MetalMania 2006 Festival

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers TESTAMENT are the latest confirmed band for the MetalMania 2006 festival, set to take place March 4, 2006 at Spodek in Katowice, Poland. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):


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Antimatter Complete Writing Process For New Album

ANTIMATTER's Mick Moss has recently wrapped up the writing for the group's fourth album, to be titled 'Leaving Eden'. Recording is expected to take place sometime in Spring 2006 at Studio 33 ('Planetary Confinement') in Liverpool, England. Confirmed guest musicians on the CD include Danny Cavanagh (ANATHEMA) and Chris Phillips (drums; 'Planetary Confinement').

Check the band's website at this location where you can still find a free four-track live video available for download, including full artwork to print off. 'Antimatter 06 06 03' was filmed during their 2003 tour and features live acoustic renditions of 'The Last Laugh', 'Going Nowhere/Destiny', 'In Stone' and 'Empty'.

'Planetary Confinement' was released in July of 2005. Around the same time ANTIMATTER founding member Duncan Patterson (ex-ANATHEMA) decided to leave the band to pursue his solo project ION.

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Anathema To Open For H.I.M.

British metallers ANATHEMA will be opening for Finnish goth-metallers H.I.M. at the Shepherds Bush Empire in London on Monday, September 19.

ANATHEMA are currently writing and recording new material at Sewerside Studios in Yorkshire, U.K. for a tentative 2006 release. The band recently issued a DVD, "Were You There?", containing a full live show recorded on ANATHEMA's "A Natural Disaster" tour, an acoustic concert performed with a string quartet from the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, plus videos, live clips and other extra features. The artwork and menu designs have been conceived by Travis Smith.

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Duncan Patterson To Leave Antimatter

Duncan Patterson (Anathema/Deathcap) has announced a wish to move away from Antimatter after the release of "Planetary Confinement." He will concentrate on his new project, "Ion." Details of Ion, Deathcap, and all other related projects can be found at the umbrella site duncanpatterson.tk. As for Antimatter, Mick Moss will continure the project with a new album for 2006 entitled "Leaving Eden," featuring Anathema's Daniel Cavanagh.


I have decided that Planetary Confinement is to be my departing Antimatter album. This is for my own personal reasons, (per·son·al - adj. Concerning a particular person and his or her private business, interests, or activities; intimate: "I have something personal to tell you"), and nothing to do with anyone else. Feel free to gossip and start rumours though, it will help us sell more cds and that.

Good luck to Mick, and thanks to the many people who have helped and supported us for the past seven years. I'm moving on with a new project 'Íon', for which I have a deal with Equilibrium Music. Anyone who is interested in my future releases etc. can check www.duncanpatterson.com for regularly updated news.

Later this year, antimatter.tk will release a 4-track virtual video E.P. recorded before a live audience during Antimatter's 2003 tour. Tracks featured are "The Last Laugh," "Over Your Shoulder," "Going Nowhere/Destiny" and "Empty." "Planetary Confinement" will be released on July 26th by The End Records (U.S.A) and Prophecy Productions (rest of the world). To download sample track "Legions," please visit antimatter.tk

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