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Distant Satellites

ANATHEMA return in June with distant satellites, their brand new studio album.

Due to be released on 9th June via Kscope, distant satellites is the highly anticipated follow up to 2012’s Weather Systems, recorded at Cederberg Studios in Oslo, with producer Christer-André Cederberg.

The beautifully ethereal artwork was created by Korean new media artist Sang Jun Too and based around his 'Distant Light' Installation.

The band released a statement on their new album: “distant satellites is the culmination of everything Anathema been working up to so far in our musical path. It contains almost every conceivable element of the heartbeat of Anathema music that it is possible to have.

There is beauty, intensity, drama, quietude, and extra musical dimensions that the band have previously only hinted at. All built on the song writing chemistry of Daniel, John and Vincent ~ and the haunting voice of Lee Douglas.

Produced and mixed once again by our very own Christer-André Cederberg (Weather Systems, Universal) and with some songs also mixed by the unassailable Steven Wilson, It's a special and unique release for the band.

ANATHEMA hopes the fans get as much joy from listening to and feeling the music as we did in creating it.”  


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Live Dates

Anathema will host a series of in-store album signings and select acoustic performances following the release of distant satellites!

Monday 9th:
Sister Ray Records
, London - 5.30pm

Tuesday 10th:
Rapture, Witney - 1.00pm
Sound Knowledge
, Marlborough + acoustic set - 7.00pm

Wednesday 11th:
Spillers Records, Cardiff - 1.00pm
Rise, Bristol + acoustic set - 6.00pm

Thursday 12th:
Head Records, Leamington Spa - 1.00pm  

Following the release of the album, the band have confirmed they’ll be playing several acoustic shows, festivals, Australian dates and an extensive European tour (poster shown).

31st May - UK, London, Islington Assembly Rooms – Celebr8 Festival (Acoustic show)
12th June - UK, Leamington, Assembly Rooms (Acoustic show)
13th June - UK, Download Festival (Pepsi Max Stage)
15th June -UK, Gloucester, Gloucester Cathedral (Acoustic show)
18th July - Poland, Jarocin Festival
19th July - Germany, Night Of The Prog
21st August - Australia, Brisbane, Hi Fi Bar
22nd August - Australia, Sydney, MetroTheatre
23rd August - Australia, Melbourne, Corner Hotel More dates to be announced soon .... 



For more information, contact Sarah Lees at Kscope


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9/10 Metal Hammer (UK)

‘this a near-perfect tour-de-force that needs to be heard to be believed. The Beatles be damned, this is the best band that Liverpool has ever produced, no arguments’
10/10 Powerplay (UK)

‘It is truly majestic, heavenly - Is it another masterpiece? Of course it is.’
5/5 Terrorizer - Album Of The Month (UK)

‘Anathema continue to make music that glows with meaning and a love for art’s external power to touch the soul. Still special, increasingly extraordinary; the band and this album will be cherished.’ Prog (UK) - #1 CRITICS CHOICE 2012

‘Anathema just might be England’s most consistently brilliant rock band of the last 15 years, with Weather Systems serving as yet more, unmitigated proof.’
5.5/6 Zero Tolerance (UK)

'such an introspective album that nevertheless touches all listeners... arranged perfectly... Anathema have never sounded so intensive and expressive...'
7/7 Metal Hammer (Germany)

"...unbelievable, one highlight after another... one of the most exciting bands of our time..."
12/12 Heavy (Germany)

'just one word: WOW!'
9/10 Classic Rock (Germany)

'a manifold beauty glittering in glorious colours'
5/6 Rocks (Germany)

'Excellent, fantastic, brilliant und unbelievable..."
E.M.P (Germany)

'the great soundtrack of the soul"
9/10 Eclipsed (Germany)

'a really great new Anathema masterpiece...Weather Systems is truly high class'
13/15 Punkte Legacy (Germany)

'Unbelievable! Does the perfect album exist?... at the moment I can`t imagine that 2012 can`t get better!' Empire (Germany)

'Anathema create atmosphere which is very unique'
5/5 Inferno magazine (Finland)

'In its own genre, album is beautiful and timeless classic'
10/10 Imperium – Record of the Week (Finland)


‘We’re Here Because We’re Here is the finest they have unleashed so far
... a stunningly enjoyable album.’
ALBUM OF THE YEAR - Classic Rock presents Prog

‘A flawless album of simple but mesmerising songs.’

‘A dazzling collection of highly-charged, progressive and emotively atmospheric
rock songs that rarely dip below the euphoric.’

‘Scouse progsters make a spectacular return... makes a seven year
wait feel entirely worth it’
KKKK Kerrang!

‘The mighty Anathema, are back after a seven year recording hiatus with their
latest record, the beautiful We’re Here Because We’re Here, and it’s one of the
most ethereal pieces of music the band have produced... a welcome return indeed’
★★★★★ Big Cheese

‘Anathema are a hidden jewel in the UK’s prog crown. Their finest album to date...
it’s an uplifting and sonically sumptuous rock record that could hardly be more
appropriate for these prog-loving times ... Getting mixed by Porcupine Tree’s Steven
Wilson is a fitting honour for such a splendidly built record’
9/10 Metal Hammer
#15 Album Of The Year poll

‘Everything modern-day Anathema fans will want and embrace: beautifully crafted,
emotionally-charged and modern melodic rock of the highest order’
9/10 Powerplay

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9/10 Terrorizer

‘The results are nothing short of breathtaking’
4.5/5 Blunt




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