Anathema to play a string of dates across the UK & The Netherlands in November
Throughout their career, Anathema have never been afraid to try something new. So in an almost unprecedented step for the band, they will embark on a string of dates to road-test material from their still-untitled eleventh studio album, which they have been working on in their London studio for the past few months.
“There’s something about the immediacy of playing something new before an audience who are hearing it for the first time. There’s a sense of urgency and excitement to it. Also you know instantly whether or not something is working. Quite often in the past we have ended up changing previously recorded songs and arrangements after playing them live. We thought we’d try it the other way around for once.” – Vincent Cavanagh
Anathema are due to enter the studio sometime after the tour but remain tight-lipped on information regarding the eagerly awaited follow up to 2014’s Distant Satellites. In-between the writing sessions at their London studio, the band have embarked on new adventures, playing the likes of Starmus Festival in Tenerife last month.
These intimate shows are set to be the only tour in the band’s calendar for the rest of the year, and will no doubt excite both fans and the band themselves, heading into the recording period. An opportunity not to be missed.
An evening with Anathema:
Holmfirth – Picturedrome – 04.11.16
Cardiff – The Globe – 05.11.16
Brighton – The Haunt – 06.11.16
Leamington Spa – Assembly – 07.11.16
Reading – Sub89 – 08.11.16
Holland – Boerderij Zoetermeer – 10.11.16
Southampton – Engine Rooms – 15.11.16
Directed by Lasse Hoile (Steven Wilson / Katatonia /Opeth), A Sort of Homecoming is a stunning concert film of Anathema’s homecoming show on March 7th 2015 in the spectacular setting of the Liverpool Cathedral. Set for release on 30th October through Kscope (Steven Wilson, TesseracT, Katatonia) the concert was described by Prog Magazine as “a once in a lifetime experience that words can barely do justice.”
Anathema have spent the vast majority of their career making music that defies description. Formed in the mid 90s, they have risen to become one of the UK’s most cherished and critically acclaimed rock bands.
With their star rising ever higher, Anathema returned in 2014 with Distant Satellites. The new studio album showcased another imperious forward step into the realm of miraculous songwriting. It has proved to be the band’s most widely acclaimed & celebrated record reaching 32 in the UK charts with the likes of The Guardian (UK), Metal Hammer (UK /DE), Kerrang (UK), Classic Rock (UK/DE), Prog Magazine (UK),Aardschok (NL), Rock Hard (DE), Rolling Stone (Aus)heaping praise on the album.
During 2014 & 15 the band toured the world extensively to promote Distant Satellites both as a full band and also with a stripped down acoustic show. It was the band’s performance at a one-off show at Gloucester Cathedral in 2014 that opened up a new chapter, giving them an opportunity to set the music in an ornate, beautiful environment. In March 2015 the band played an acoustic tour of Cathedrals in the UK that culminated in a sold out show in the impressive Liverpool Cathedral, the band’s hometown.
A Sort of Homecoming tracklist:
The Lost Song Part 2
Untouchable Part 1
Untouchable Part 2
A Temporary Peace
The Beginning And The End
A Natural Disaster
“Yet another sublime masterclass in supercharged emotional songwriting and fearless sonic curiosity”
Dom Lawson, The Guardian
“yet another divine release”
“the band’s overflowing musical passion gets ever more compelling and infectious”
8/10 Metal Hammer
“High emotions, great music simply epic!”
8/10 Classic Rock (DE)
Vincent discusses 'A Sort of Homecoming'
'A Sort of Homecoming' trailer
Album Quotes Trailer
Untouchable (part one)
Anathema have been at the forefront of the UK rock/metal movement for many years. They began their journey as pioneers of melodic heavy music, influencing a myriad of bands to follow them, before outgrowing all genres and limitations as they fearlessly explored new territory and new ways to express feeling through sound. Formed in Liverpool in 1990, the band’s sound, and musical vision has continually evolved over the ensuing years while always remaining true to their original goal of creating forward thinking, meaningful, passionate and honest music.
The line-up is really a collective of two families who were quite simply born to do it. Anathema consists of brothers Vincent and Daniel, alongside childhood friends John Douglas and his sister Lee, who is an incredible singer in her own right. Live they are joined by the third Cavanagh brother, Jamie and Daniel Cardosa.
There is a deeper bond in the group that transcends usual band politics, ego, and self-interest. They have a shared vision: to make the most incredible music they possibly can, and it seems, despite the lavish praise heaped on the band for their past work, that they are now taking their work to a whole new level.
The band’s first four albums, Serenades (1993), The Silent Enigma (1995), Eternity (1996) and Alternative 4 (1998) were released on Peaceville Records. Following these four albums the band moved to the now defunct Music For Nations where they released a further three albums, Judgement (1999) , A Fine Day To Exit (2001) and A Natural Disaster (2003) which was hailed as ‘darned near essential’ by Metal Hammer.
With each release they moved beyond the boundaries of limited scenes and pigeon holes, creating a complex and emotive atmospheric sound.
In August 2008 the band released Hindsight a semi-acoustic album featuring old and new favourites from the band’s career, with new arrangements utilising acoustic, electrical and orchestral instruments. The album was released on Kscope, a sister label of Peaceville.
This proved the start of a successful partnership with Kscope which continued with 2010 studio album We’re Here Because We’re Here, which was awarded Classic Rock’s Prog Album of the Year as well as a host of other accolades. The producer of WHBWH, Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), has described it as “definitely among the best albums I’ve ever had the pleasure to work on.”
In late 2011 Kscope also released the Falling Deeper album, which continued where Hindsight left off, featuring brand new arrangements of songs and haunting melodies from the band’s earliest days as pioneers and co-creators of an entire genre of heavy music.
This was followed in April 2012 with Weather Systems, the band’s new studio album. Weather Systems was equally well received as its predecessor, receiving rave reviews around the world and charting across Europe.
It debuted at #14 in the German top 40 chart and it also reached the top 20 of the national charts in Poland (#9), Holland (#18), Finland (#15) and the top 40 in Norway (#29) and France (#31). In the UK it reached number #10 in the indie chart and #50 in the national chart.
The album once again took the #1 place in the Prog magazine Critics choice awards and Anathema were voted the number one in the band of the year category in the readers’ poll.
The band also won the award for best live event at the inaugural Progressive awards, rightly recognising the band’s incredible live experience. Honed over years of performing together the band now display a rare understanding and confidence, which wowed fans across the world during the lengthy world tour that followed the release of Weather Systems.
The European part of this tour opened with a special one-off gig at the ancient Roman theatre of Philippopolis with the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra. This special evening was filmed by the respected director Lasse Hoile and a concert film of the evening will be released in September. Titled Universal, the film is released as a 4 disc audio-visual set, capturing the magic of the evening on Blu-ray, DVD and 2CD. This limited edition set features bonus audio content and footage of the band recorded at the Union Chapel in London. A 2disc (CD & DVD) set and a Blu-ray edition will also be available.
The gig is also available on Untouchable, a double heavyweight vinyl set packaged in a gatefold sleeve with printed inners. Untouchable shall be shipping from the Kscope store from mid-July.
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