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

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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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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France's Raismesfest Line-up Complete

Raismes, north of France, will welcome the 8th edition of Raismesfest, heavy & melodic metal festival on the 10th and 11th of September.

Saturday 10:

- (local band to be chosen after the contest that will take place in Raismes on June 4th*)
- Edenbridge
- Dragonforce
- Nightmare
- Manigance
- Loudness
- Sonata Arctica

Sunday 11:

- Conscience
- Wild West
- The Old Dead Tree
- Anyone's Daughter
- Deadsoul Tribe
- Anathema

One day ticket: € 15 (€ 20 without reservation)
Two days ticket: € 25 (€ 30 without reservation)
Camping: € 5

For more information, visit www.raismesfest.com.

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Wild West, Old Dead Tree Added To Raisemesfest

Raismesfest has announced two new bands, Wild West and The Old Dead Tree.

It seems that Saturday (Sept. 10) will be more power metal oriented and Sunday (Sept. 11) is going to be slighty doom/gothic oriented:

Sept. 10 Sonata Arctica, Edenbridge, Manigance, Wild West
Sept. 11 Anathema, Dead Soul Tribe, Anyone's Daughter, the Old Dead Tree

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6 Bands Confirmed For France's Raisemesfest

Raismesfest announced that the following bands will be performing for the 8th edition of the festival (September 10 & 11, France):

Sonata Arctica
Dead Soul Tribe
Anyone's Daughter

For more information, visit Festival de Raismes.

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Anathema To Tour Europe With Porcupine Tree

According to a message posted on their official website, British doomsters ANATHEMA will be touring Europe with fellow countrymen PORCUPINE TREE in April.

Confirmed dates include: More...

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New Anathema DVD Arrives Next Week

Britain's Anathema will release their long-awaited new DVD, "Were You There?", on November 15. "Sorry about the wait," the band write on their web site. "It was out of our control. We finished it ages ago but now it's finally coming out."

"Were You There?" (view cover here) contains a full live show recorded on Anathema's recent "A Natural Disaster" tour (believed to have been filmed at the Krzemionki TV studio in Kracow, Poland on January 31, 2004), 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 again been designed by Travis Smith. The complete track listing can be found at this location.

In other news, Anathema's Daniel and Vincent Cavanagh will be in Portugal for two acoustic shows at the following venues:

Dec. 03 – Lisbon, POR - Auditório do Instituto Português da Juventude (capacity: 175)
Dec. 04 – Leiria, POR - Auditório do Instituto Português da Juventude (capacity: 210)

As previously reported, Danny and Vinnie will also play an exclusive acoustic gig in Paris on November 13. The concert will take place at Espace Curial and will feature support act The Spherical Minds.

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Anathema: 'Were You There' DVD Details Revealed

Britain's Anathema have pushed back the release date for their DVD, "Were You There", by a few weeks. "This is due to unforseen circumstances which we will explain as soon as the details can be finalized," the band write on their web site. "We will have an official release date for you as soon as we can."

"Were You There" will contain a full live show recorded on Anathema's recent "A Natural Disaster" tour (believed to have been filmed at the Krzemionki TV studio in Kracow, Poland on January 31, 2004), an acoustic concert performed with a string quartet from the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, plus videos, live clips and other extra features.

"Were You There" projected track listing:

01. Intro: Childhood Dreams
02. Balance
03. Closer
04. Pressure
05. Release
06. Forgoten Hopes
07. Destiny Is Dead
08. Are You There?
09. One Last Goodbye
10. Pulled Under At 2000 Metres A Second
11. Parisienne Moonlight
12. A Natural Disaster
13. Judgement
14. Panic
15. Temporary Peace
16. Flying
17. One Last Goodbye (Acoustic, w/ Liverpool Phil String Quart)
18. Temporary Peace (Acoustic, w/ Liverpool Phil String Quart)
19. Flying (Acoustic, w/ Liverpool Phil String Quart)
20. Pressure (Promo Video Clip)
21. Release (Live In London, Nov 2002)
22. A Natural Disaster (Live In Hamburg)

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Anathema Guitarist To Embark On Acoustic Mini-Tour

Anathema guitarist Danny Cavanagh will be doing a semi-acoustic tour in September with Sean Jude (Leafblade) as support. "I will be playing many well-known Anathema songs and covers, using acoustic and electric guitar, and piano," says Danny. "Expect tracks such as 'Fragile Dreams' and 'One Last Goodbye', plus newer songs.

"Sean will be playing 100% original material. His style could be described as lyrical, poetic songs with celtic style melodies and song structures.
"As I am a member of Sean's group Leafblade, I will join him for a few songs each night. In October, we will record the album 'Beyond, Beyond' for release through Strangelight Records."

The dates are as follows:
Sep. 12 - Prague, CZR @ Batalion
Sep. 14 - Brno, CZR @ Beseda
Sep. 15 - Budapest, HUN @ A38
Sep. 16 - Nyíregyháza, HUN @ KomOmbo
Sep. 17 - Szeged, HUN @ JATE Klub
Sep. 18 - Vrutky, SK @ RC Mlyn

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Anathema Looking For A New Label

Liverpool doomsters ANATHEMA have posted the following update on their official website:

“Music For Nations, Anathema's record label, has officially closed it's doors due to takeovers involving Zomba and Sony-BMG. We are now out of contract and currently considering new offers. Any companies wishing to contact us about our current situation can reach us @ management@anathema.ws

We are pleased to announce that we will be playing a special acoustic show at London's Mean Fiddler as special guests to BLACKFIELD, a new project featuring Steven Wilson of PORCUPINE TREE and Aviv Geffen. The show will take place on the 10th of September. Tickets are now available from ticketmaster."

The band has confirmed two more live shows by the end of this year:

1/10 at Beyoglu Music Hall (Yenimelek) in Istanbul, Turkey
2/10 at Beyoglu Music Hall (Yenimelek) in Istanbul, Turkey

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Antimatter Begin Recording New Album

Britain's ANTIMATTER, a group made up of current and past members of popular post-metal merchants ANATHEMA, have entered the studio to begin recording their third album. A late summer/early fall release is expected. Songtitles set to appear on the CD are as follows:

01. A Portrait Of The Young Man As An Artist
02. Legions
03. Eternity Part 24
04. Fighting For A Lost Cause
05. Relapse
06. The Weight Of The World
07. Epitaph

The album will represent a brief hiatus from electronica, as an acoustic orchestral sound canvass is planned. Danny Cavanagh (piano) and Jenny O'Connor (vocals) are likely to appear on some tracks, echoing the acoustic sessions of 2001 that yielded the bonus tracks for "Saviour". Rachel Brewster from the U.K. band MARLOWE is also scheduled to make an appearance.

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Anathema To Play In Turkey In October

According to a posting at ANATHEMA’s official website the band will return to Istanbul, Turkey for two dates in October.

Confirmed dates so far include:

10/01- at Beyoglu Music Hall (Yenimelek) in Istanbul, Turkey
10/02- at Beyoglu Music Hall (Yenimelek) in Istanbul, Turkey

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Anathema Play Acoustic Gig, New Live Dates

The U.K.'s ANATHEMA played a special acoustic gig with a string quartet last night at The Picket music club in Liverpool. The group played a few selected songs on acoustic guitars and pianos with a string quartet from the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, according to a post on the band's web site. The evening was a part of the "Save Our Culture" campaign for Liverpool's Quiggin's alternative shopping center.

In other news, ANATHEMA have confirmed three upcoming shows in Greece, as well as two festival gigs: More...

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