- Anathema (band)
Infobox musical artist |
Name = Anathema
Img_capt = Anathema Live at Festimad 2007, 8 June 2007
Img_size = 250
Landscape = yes
Background = group_or_band
Years_active = 1990–present
Label = Peaceville,
Music For Nations
Associated_acts = Antimatter,
Cradle of Filth, My Dying Bride, Serotonal, The Blood Divine
URL = [http://www.anathema.ws/ www.anathema.ws]
Vincent Cavanagh Daniel Cavanagh Jamie Cavanagh Les Smith
Anathema are an English band from the city of
Liverpool, which, together with Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride, helped to develop the death/doom sound, a subgenre of doom metal. However, their album "Eternity" was a departure from doom and metal, and signaled their transition to atmospheric rock.
Anathema was formed in 1990 as a
doom metalband, initially under the name 'Pagan Angel'. In November of that year, the band recorded their first demo, entitled " An Iliad of Woes". This demo caught the attention of several bands from the English metal scene, allowing Anathema to play gigs with bands like Bolt Throwerand Paradise Lost.
At the beginning of 1991, the band adopted its current name, and gained a lot of attention with the release of their second demo entitled "
All Faith Is Lost," resulting in a four-album deal with Peaceville Records. Their first release under the label was " The Crestfallen" EP in November 1992. They took the material from that album on the road, touring with Cannibal Corpse.
"Serenades," Anathema's debut LP, attracted a lot of mainstream attention, propelling their "Sweet Tears" music video onto the
Anathema's first European tour was in 1994, and was closely followed by gigs at the
Independent Rock Festivalin Brazil.
In May 1995, vocalist Darren White parted with the band, eventually forming
The Blood Divine. Rather than recruiting a new vocalist, the band decided that guitarist Vincent Cavanaghshould assume White's role. This new formation debuted by touring with Cathedral in the United Kingdom.
The release of "Eternity" came in 1996, relying more on atmospheric sounds, and starting the transition to clean vocals; the album "Judgement" would later consolidate this style. A European tour followed the album's release.
The second member to leave the band was drummer John Douglas, who departed in the summer of 1997. He was replaced by
Shaun Taylor-Steels, formerly of Solstice, who would also later play drums for My Dying Bride.
"Alternative 4" was released in 1998. During this time the band underwent many line-up changes. Bassist
Duncan Pattersonquit due to musical differences and was replaced by Dave Pybusof Dreambreed, where Duncan had played bass for a short period. Martin Powell(who had played keyboards and violin for My Dying Bride previously) also joined the band. Finally, John Douglas returned to the drums.
In June 1999, the album "Judgement" was released, marking Anathema's complete shift from the doom metal genre, focusing instead on slower and more experimental songs. This new sound has been likened to artists such as
Pink Floyd, Jeff Buckley, and to a lesser extent, Radiohead. However, the essence of the band remained the same. Their songs continued to express a feeling of depression and, more often than not, desperation.
During the same year Martin Powell switched positions with
Cradle of Filth's keyboardist Les Smith, who came to be an integral member of Anathema.
Shortly before the release of "
A Fine Day to Exit", Dave Pybus announced his departure from the band and later joined - ironically - Cradle of Filth. He was replaced by touring bassist George Roberts, and later by Jamie Cavanagh.
In March 2002,
Daniel Cavanaghannounced his departure from the band, joining Duncan Patterson's band Antimatter. However, he later rejoined Anathema in 2003 for the release of "A Natural Disaster", and started their European Tour. This accelerated the changes in Anathema's tone, towards the atmospheric and progressive, as exhibited in album tracks 'Flying' and 'Violence'.
Upon the closing of their label
Music for Nationsafter its purchase by Sony BMG, Anathema found itself without a record label, despite having completed an extensive tour of the UK with popular Finnish rock band HIM in April 2006. During their search for a new label, the band have adopted a more 'DIY' approach to music release, embracing the internet and releasing songs via their own website, for which fans may donate a monetary sum of their own choice. Despite the obvious lack of label-based tour support, the band continues to play dates across Europe, guitarist Danny Cavanagh also playing the odd low-key acoustic concert.
The band's newest album was originally to be titled "Everything".Fact|date=May 2008 Its release date has been pushed back several times, sparking much controversy and speculation amongst fans. In August 2007, Danny Cavanagh responded by posting a blog to the bands
myspacepage, announcing that the new material would be played on a full European tour prior to it being recorded, and that the new album, now tentatively titled "Paradigm Shift",Fact|date=May 2008 would consist of perhaps fourteen songs broken up over two discs. During a concert in London he said that Steven Wilsonof Porcupine Treewould produce the new album. In May it was announced that recording for the new album, undergoing yet another name change to be titled "Horizons", was well under way. They are playing alongside Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride on 19th September 2008 at London Forum, they will then do a headline tour at various venues around the UK starting in Manchester on 4th November 2008 and going on to play the Islington Academy, London on 7th November.
Vincent Cavanagh- Vocals, Rhythm Guitar (1990-Present)
Daniel Cavanagh- Lead Guitar (1990-2002, 2003-Present) ( Lid, Antimatter, Leafblade)
Jamie Cavanagh- Bass (1990-1991, 2001-Present)
Les Smith- Keyboards (2000-Present) (ex- Cradle Of Filth, Antimatter, Ship of Fools)
* John Douglas - Drums (1990-1997, 1998-Present)
Lee Douglas- Vocals (2000-Present)
* Darren White - Vocals (1990-1995) (ex-
Cradle of Filth, The Blood Divine, Dead Men Dream, Serotonal)
Duncan Patterson- Bass, keyboards (1991-1998) (ex-Antimatter, Dreambreed, Íon)
* Shaun Taylor-Steels - Drums (1997-1998) (ex-Solstice (UK), ex-
My Dying Bride)
Martin Powell- Keyboards, violin (1998-2000) (ex-My Dying Bride, ex-Cradle of Filth, ex-Cryptal Darkness)
Dave Pybus- Bass (1998-2001) (Dreambreed, Angtoria, Cradle of Filth, Darkened (UK))
An Iliad of Woes" (1990)
All Faith Is Lost" (1991)
The Crestfallen" (1992)
Pentecost III" (1995)
*"Alternative Future" (1998)
*"They Die" (1992)
*"We Are the Bible" (1994)
*"Make It Right" (1999)
*"A Simple Mistake" (2006)
*"Angels Walk Among Us" (2007)
* "Sweet Tears" (1993, from album "Serenades")
* "Mine Is Yours" (1994, from album "
* "The Silent Enigma" (1995, from album "
The Silent Enigma")
* "Hope" (1996, from album "Eternity")
* "Pressure" (2001, from album "
A Fine Day to Exit")
A Vision Of A Dying Embrace" (74 min, VHS in 1997 and DVD in 2002, Peaceville)
Were You There?" (DVD, 2004, Music for Nations)
A Moment in Time" (DVD, 2006)
Live in London, U.K." (35 min., Bootleg, 07.11.1992)
Live In Istanbul/TURKEY"
Live in Geneve" (50 min, Bootleg, 23.01.1994)
Live in Czech" (60 min, Bootleg, 13.11.1994)
Live in Białystok, Poland" (30 min, Bootleg, February,1994)
* Cite book |last=Baddeley |first=Gavin |title=Gothic Chic: A Connoisseur's Guide to Dark Culture |publisher=Plexus Publishing Limited |date=2002 |location=London |isbn=0859653080
* [http://www.anathema.ws/ Anathema] (official website)
* [http://www.myspace.com/weareanathema Official Anathema page] at
* [http://www.chroniclesofchaos.com/Default.aspx?searchMode=1&al=y&band=anathema Reviews and interviews] at
Chronicles of Chaos
* [http://www.metalheadtv.com/TV57/index.php Live Footage and Video Interview from the 2008 Unplugged Show in Bucharest]
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Anathema (Band) — … Deutsch Wikipedia
Hindsight (Anathema album) — Infobox Album | Name = Hindsight Type = Album Artist = Anathema Released = Download: August 11, 2008cite web|url=http://www.kscopemusic.com/?p=54|title=Anathema’s Hindsight release announced|date=2008 05 23|accessdate=2008 06 04] US: August 19,… … Wikipedia
Eternity (Anathema-Album) — Eternity Studioalbum von Anathema Veröffentlichung 11. November 1996 Aufnahme Ende 1996 … Deutsch Wikipedia
Horizons (Anathema album) — Infobox Album | Name = Horizons Type = studio Artist = Anathema Released = February 2009 Recorded = Genre = Alternative rock Progressive rock Length = Label = Independent Producer = Produced by Anathema, mixed by Steven Wilson. Reviews = Last… … Wikipedia
The Eternal (band) — This article is about the Australian band. For the British R B group, see Eternal (band). The Eternal Background information Origin Melbourne, Austra … Wikipedia
Blackstar (band) — Infobox musical artist Name = Blackstar Background = group or band Origin = Liverpool, England Genre = Heavy metal Years active = 1997 1998 Label = Peaceville Records Associated acts = URL = Current members = Jeff Walker Carlo Regadas Ken Owen… … Wikipedia
Resonance (Anathema album) — Infobox Album | Name = Resonance Type = Compilation Artist = Anathema Released = September 24 2001 Recorded = Genre = Alternative metal Doom metal Length = 50:18 Label = Peaceville Records Producer = n/a Reviews = *Allmusic Rating|3|5 [http://www … Wikipedia
Eternity (Anathema album) — Infobox Album | Name = Eternity Type = studio Artist = Anathema Released = November 11 1996 Recorded = Autumn 1996, at The Windings, Wales Genre = Doom metal Progressive rock Gothic metal Alternative metal Length = 58:11 Label = Peaceville… … Wikipedia
Antimatter (band) — Infobox musical artist Name = Img capt = Official Logo Img size = 260px Background = group or band Origin = Ireland/England Genre = Ambient Gothic rock Trip hop Melancholic Rock Alternative rock Years active = 1998 Present Label = Prophecy… … Wikipedia
Tristania (band) — Tristania Origin Stavanger, Norway Genres Doom/Death Metal Gothic Metal (1996–2004) Gothic Metal Symphonic Metal (2005–present) Years active 1996–present … Wikipedia