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With their 10th album, England’s Anathema seal the deal on their transformed sound, leaving behind the doom metal of their early days and restraining the prog fantasies that have flavored good chunks of their last few releases. The dramatic crescendos, swells, and sweeps are as majestic and beautiful as anything on their last effort, Weather Systems; some tracks might even surpass that heady collection. The brothers Cavanagh (Vincent, Jamie, and Daniel) make a forceful team on their respective instruments (voice, keyboards, bass, and guitar). The whole band feels like a storm troop with a dead-serious mission: raise some goosebumps, encourage unabashed solo singing in the car, and generally go for the gut and heartstrings. Programmer and keyboardist John Douglas writes the tunes with Vincent and Daniel, and the songwriting is inarguably the outfit's driving force. Writing and arranging thoughtful, emotionally powerful mini-epics that work in Anathema’s unique electronic-meets-orchestral milieu isn't easy; nor is getting through all eight minutes of the title track without some theatrical interpretation of your own.

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Love so strong it hurts

What is there to be said? There's no one out there like Anathema. These pieces are, as always, incredibly moving and emotionally rich. Modern, atmospheric rock at its finest. Best tracks: The Lost Song Part 2, Ariel, Distant Satellites, Take Shelter.

Continue to write music...

The lost song part 2 is my favorite song of any song that has ever been written...This album is a true masterpiece (and it followed weather systems...which was as well) this band understands how to structure songs so completely that it is impossible to ignore how talented they all are...I listen to a wide range if music most of which is some form of metal and this just steals the show for me. I've listened to this start to finish no less than 10 times and it keeps getting better each time. Congratulations Anathema and please keep them coming.

Ground breaking

This band gets better and better,so far so good can't wait to hear rest of the album,hope it's as beautiful and transcending as the last!!!!!!


Formed: 1990 in Liverpool, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

While Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride got more attention from underground doom metal fans, Liverpool natives Anathema were just as important in creating a new strain of doom (sometimes referred to as doom/death) that drew heavily from atmospheric goth metal and, in the early days, featured gruff death-style vocals. Guitar-playing brothers Vincent and Danny Cavanagh formed Anathema in 1990 with vocalist Darren White, bassist Duncan Patterson, and drummer John Douglas, and originally called themselves...
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