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Anathema's Daniel Cavanagh Discusses "Distant Satellites"

Coming off the highly acclaimed 2012 album "Weather Systems," the metal-turned-melodic rock outfit Anathema has now released the follow-up "Distant Satellites" (reviewed here).

Having just wrapped up a string of acoustic shows, Anathema will soon be busy with further tour dates in both Australia and Europe through the end of the year. In a brief downtime for the band, Metalunderground.com got in touch with Anathema's Daniel Cavanagh to discuss the creation of "Distant Satellites." See what he had to say in the full interview below.

xFiruath: When were these tracks written and what was the band's focus this time around while crafting the album?

Daniel: Some of the songs are very old such as the last four songs on the album, the rest of the tracks dates back as far as 2011-12. The focus this term was to be more minimalistic, and simply to try and write a great versatile album, to do our best.

xFiruath: What happened with the recording of these tracks?

Daniel: The album was recorded in Oslo, Norway in the winter of 2013-14 and was produced by Christer like the last album. The process was fun for me, I enjoyed it and we hope to learn even more lessons and make a better record next time.

xFiruath: How do you feel this album differs from the previous release “Weather Systems” (reviewed here) and how is it connected to that album?

Daniel: This album is a new chapter for us because it uses more elements that we have not really used before, such as electronica and so on. In that respect it is a more complete picture of the band than previous albums, or at least it is more up-to-date.

xFiruath: Who designed the cover for “Distant Satellites” and how does it connect to the music?

Daniel: Installation is cold distant tonight and was made in New York by an artist call Jun. we thought the imagery was bold and simple and strong and fit the music, and particularly spoke very strongly to John.

xFiruath: The previous two albums both had voice overs on certain tracks with people discussing issues about life and death, but this one didn't have that element present. What prompted the change, and who did those voice overs on the previous two albums?

Daniel: The songs choose the way they are done and the voice overs were there because they were appropriate for those songs. They were not present at this time because the songs were not appropriate for that. The voice over for “Weather Systems” was made by Joe Geraci and is a true story.

xFiruath: You've got a self-titled track this time around. How does the song “Anathema” encapsulate the sound of the band, and what led you guys to decide to do a self-titled song?

Daniel: The song “Anathema” has this title because it fits those lyrics and for no other reason. They could never be another song called this title, and it was not chosen to get a reaction from the public.

xFiruath: The deluxe edition of the new album features a bonus DVD. For those who didn't pick up that edition, what's covered on that disc?

Daniel: This is a making of the album documentary filmed in Oslo that explains the origins of the songs and the roles of the band and producer.

xFiruath: Where has Anathema been performing lately and have you had any really great shows or any really difficult ones?

Daniel: We have been playing a few acoustic shows around the U.K. and a full band performance at this year's Download Festival, but we never have bad shows.

xFiruath: What albums are you looking forward to that are coming out soon – either metal or otherwise?

Daniel: I don't have much I am looking forward to right now, but I like most of “Ghost Stories” by Coldplay and of course I will buy new Sigur Ros and Radiohead, Kate bush, etc.

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Ty Arthur splits his time between writing dark fiction, spreading the word about underground metal bands, and bringing you the latest gaming news. His sci-fi, grimdark fantasy, and horror novels can be found at Amazon.

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