Promo video for Untouchable (part one), the opening track from Anathema's album 'Weather Systems'. The video which reflects the themes created in the album was editted by Lasse Hoile, the acclaimed director and filmmaker, best known for his work with Steven Wilson and Porcupine Tree.
In September Anathema embark on an extensive European tour. Starting with a special gig with an orchestra in a Roman amphitheatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria the tour will then visit Romania, Finland, Norway, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Italy, France, Spain and Portugal. Following these headline shows the band will be joining Opeth throughout November as guests for a string of shows in UK, Ireland, Luxembourg, Belgium and Germany. Full dates and details are available on the band's website anathema.ws
It has just been announced that support for some of the dates will come from Astra. More news on other support artistes to be announced soon.
The bar for Weather Systems has been set pretty high with 2010's 'Were Here Because We're Here', but Daniel Cavanagh from the band is certain that the album will exceed these lofty expectations, ‘it feels like we are at a creative peak right now, and this album reflects that. Everything from the production to the writing to the performances are a step up from our last album.’ He continues, ‘This is not background music for parties. The music is written to deeply move the listener, to uplift or take the listener to the coldest depths of the soul.’
The intertwining melodic structures, the profoundly beautiful and intensely powerful - yet simple - songs will transport the listener closer to the heart of life, that is to say, to the heart of themselves. It is also an album of polarity. The play of opposites; light and shade, birth and death, love and fear. The simple truths of life and loss, hope and strength and darker internal themes are all explored here.
The album was recorded in Liverpool, North Wales and Oslo, each place significant to Anathema past, present and future. The record was produced and mixed by 5 times Norwegian Grammy nominated Christer-André Cederberg (Animal Alpha, In the Woods...), who Daniel has described as ‘a revelation. His calmness and brilliance has helped to bring about the greatest inter-band chemistry that Anathema have experienced together in their career.’
This career stretches back to 1990 when the band formed in Liverpool. Since then the band have embarked on a remarkable musical journey, initially emerging as pioneers of melodic heavy music and continually evolving over the ensuing years, always remaining true to their original goal of creating forward thinking, meaningful, passionate and honest music.
Anathema are a collective of two families; brothers and childhood friends. This album will please fans who call for more of Lee Douglas’s vocals, as her role within Anathema’s brand of alternative, melodic rock has matured to become an integral energy. In this way and more, Weather Systems is the sound of a band finding their voice and growing in stature, moving further along their artistic path with a truly stunning musical vision.
Their best ever work? ‘Not yet’ says Daniel, but he does believe that with Weather Systems they have surpassed previous glories; ‘we are pleased and proud of the record and we feel that, alongside the best moments of WHBWH, this record contains our very best work so far in what is becoming a long career.’
Praise for Weather Systems;
‘It is truly majestic, heavenly - Is it another masterpiece? Of course it is.’
TERRORIZER 5/5 (Album Of The Month)
‘Anathema continue to make music that glows with meaning and a love for art’s external powere to touch the soul. Still special, increasingly extraordinary; the band and this album will be cherished.’
CLASSIC ROCK PRESENTS PROG
‘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.’
"Absolute world class"
METAL HAMMER (DEU)
"...just one word: WOW!"
CLASSIC ROCK (DEU) 9/10
"...unbelievable, one highlight after another..."
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