Liverpool's Anathema, started out in the early '90s as strictly a doom metal outfit, with the requisite growled vocals and the trademark muddy sound, but when original singer Darren White left the band in 1995, with guitarist Vincent Cavanagh taking the reins, Anathema started their slow journey into completely uncharted (and unexpected) territory. In fact, Anathema's metamorphosis over the past decade is one of the most remarkable band transformations in recent memory, as album after album has sounded more and more progressive and melodic, in no small part fueled by Cavanagh's superb singing voice. 2001's A Fine Day to Exit, aided by excellent songs like Release and Pressure, was an artistic breakthrough, as the band completely shed themselves of their goth roots, while still putting out powerful, brooding hard rock.
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Anathema - Serenades illustration d'album Anathema Serenades (Album) Peaceville Poland 1993 Vendre cette version
Anathema - The Silent Enigma illustration d'album Anathema The Silent Enigma (Album) Peaceville Czech Republic 1995 Vendre cette version
Anathema - Eternity illustration d'album Anathema Eternity (Album) Peaceville UK 1996 Vendre cette version
Anathema - Alternative 4 illustration d'album Anathema Alternative 4 (Album) Peaceville Poland 1998 Vendre cette version
Anathema - Judgement illustration d'album Anathema Judgement (Album) Music For Nations UK 1999 Vendre cette version
Anathema - A Fine Day To Exit illustration d'album Anathema A Fine Day To Exit (Album) Music For Nations Japan 2001 Vendre cette version
Anathema - A Natural Disaster illustration d'album Anathema A Natural Disaster (Album) Music For Nations Poland 2003 Vendre cette version
Anathema - Hindsight illustration d'album Anathema Hindsight (Album) Kscope UK 2008 Vendre cette version
Anathema - We're Here Because We're Here illustration d'album Anathema We're Here Because We're Here (Album) Kscope UK 2010 Vendre cette version
Anathema - Falling Deeper illustration d'album Anathema Falling Deeper (Album, Comp) Kscope Argentina 2011 Vendre cette version
Anathema - Weather Systems illustration d'album Anathema Weather Systems (Album) Kscope, Kscope UK 2012 Vendre cette version
Anathema - Universal illustration d'album Anathema Universal (Album) Kscope, Kscope UK & Europe 2013 Vendre cette version
Anathema - Distant Satellites illustration d'album Anathema Distant Satellites (Album) Kscope Poland 2014 Vendre cette version
Anathema - A Sort Of Homecoming illustration d'album Anathema A Sort Of Homecoming (Album) Kscope Japan 2015 Vendre cette version
Anathema - The Optimist illustration d'album Anathema The Optimist (Album) Kscope Europe 2017 Vendre cette version

Singles & EPs

Anathema - The Crestfallen EP illustration d'album Anathema The Crestfallen EP (EP) Peaceville UK 1992 Vendre cette version
9205 Anathema - They Die / Crestfallen illustration d'album Anathema They Die / Crestfallen(7", Single) Witchhunt Records 9205 Switzerland 1992 Vendre cette version
CC6 Anathema - The Sweet Suffering illustration d'album Anathema The Sweet Suffering(7", TP) Peaceville CC6 UK 1994 Vendre cette version
CC6 Anathema - We Are The Bible illustration d'album Anathema We Are The Bible(7", Single, Club, Ltd, Pur) Peaceville CC6 UK 1994 Vendre cette version
Anathema - Pentecost III illustration d'album Anathema Pentecost III (EP) Peaceville UK 1994 Vendre cette version
CDVILE 54 Anathema - Alternative Future E.P. illustration d'album Anathema Alternative Future E.P.(CD, EP, Promo, Car) Peaceville CDVILE 54 UK 1998 Vendre cette version
CDKUT 179 Anathema - Make It Right illustration d'album Anathema Make It Right(CD, Single, Promo) Music For Nations CDKUT 179 UK 1999 Vendre cette version
ZDPROMO99022 Anathema - Deep illustration d'album Anathema Deep(CD, Single, Promo) Music For Nations ZDPROMO99022 Netherlands 1999 Vendre cette version
CDKUT189 Anathema - Pressure illustration d'album Anathema Pressure(CD, Single, Promo) Music For Nations CDKUT189 UK 2001 Vendre cette version
none Anathema A Simple Mistake(File, MP3, Single) Not On Label none UK 2007

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25 octobre 2012
I couldn't agree with shanecotee more; eofor's review is so bad it should be removed, or at least ignored by all readers. This is a band that played death/doom metal brilliantly for several albums, then "grew up" and started a gradual evolution to a new sound. Their musicianship, songwriting skills, variety of sounds/moods evoked by their songs, and the melodic subtlety and beauty of their music increased with each release. Their first few albums are like a history lesson about a great young death metal band - rough around the edges but mastering the genre quickly, and outgrowing it just as quickly. Their mid-career sound, never devolving as described in the first review but reaching new heights with a heavy sound and clean vocals, reached its pinnacle with the brilliant "Alternative 4" - another great album and guidepost in the evolution of their sound. Their latest albums show some signs of the original Anathema to the careful listener, but because of their lineup changes and conscious decision to develop a more melodic, mature, progressive sound, they seem almost the work of a different band - and in this reviewer's opinion a better one. While I love death metal, I applaud Anathema's ability to produce music that reaches the height of skill and intensity in each of the three genres or phases they've progressed through - but nothing they've done matches the sheer beauty, lyrical brilliance, and emotional intensity of their latest albums. "We're Here Because We're Here," and "Weather Systems" are masterpieces - more progressive than metal, and most intense at a deep emotional level, this is one of the most brilliant progressive bands making music today. A visit to any stop along their discography offers the listener great rewards, and some may prefer other phases more than their latest, but for this reviewer, (and in the band's own opinion), they are currently writing and recording the best music they've ever played.


15 mars 2005
edité over 14 years ago
The band profile above is the story as the band likes to present it now. A more critical version goes something like this:

Anathema started out as a young and innovative doom band, part of the "big three" Yorkshire bands along with Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride, who took the metal world by storm first with their demos and after signing with the renowned Peaceville label, with the 1992 "The Crestfallen" EP, which through its monumental, depressive dirges helped define the genre for a generation of doom bands. Three more successful releases followed, but after the uneven "Eternity", the band departed with its edgier sound and degenerated towards a bland alternative rock sound, combining the overblown pathos of Nickelback with the pretentious noodling of Pink Floyd.

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