Anathema is blessed to have such a fantastic audience in the UK. If anything in our recent history might stir a sense of pride and gratitude, it would be how brilliantly the UK fans have taken the music to their hearts.
The recent UK tour, including several sold out shows, has been the most fulfilling experience. It was great to meet people personally, to share some of the good feeling that is behind what we do as a band, and what fans give through their hearts.
The recent show at Gloucester Cathedral opened up a new chapter for us. It gave us the opportunity to set the music in an ornate, beautiful environment - and it has been an unforgettable experience for us.
With this in mind, Anathema is proud to announce a series of cathedral concerts that will shed a whole new light on the music and live experience of the band. 'The experience of Gloucester' shall be enhanced - culminating in a very special finale in our home town - The Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.
These shows promise to expand the acoustic side of Anathema outside the boundaries ever set before.
In new light.
Expect the unexpected.
- Danny Cavanagh.
Tickets on-sale now: http://bit.ly/1kVROij
Voting for this year's Progressive Music Awards is now open!
Anathema are pleased to be nominated in 3 categories -
- Best Band VOTE
- Best Album 'Distant Satellites' VOTE
- Best Anthem 'Anathema' VOTE
21st – Glasgow, o2 ABC2
22nd – o2 Academy Newcastle 2
23rd – Manchester Academy 3
25th – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms
26th – London, Koko
27th – Bristol, Thekla
28th – Southampton, Talking Heads
Released this week 'distant satellites', was recorded at Cederberg Studios in Oslo, with producer Christer-André Cederberg and additional mixing by Grammy Nominated Steven Wilson, ANATHEMA also brought in the legendary services of Dave Stewart (Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson) to create the new album’s extraordinary orchestral arrangements.
To date it’s the band’s most widely acclaimed record with the likes of The Guardian, The Independent, Total Guitar, Metal Hammer, Kerrang!, Drowned in Sound and Prog heaping praise on the album so far.
'distant satellites' is available to order at Omerch:
Anathema begin a series of UK in-store signings today, firstly at Sister Ray Records, London - 75 Berwick Street 5.30pm.
Rapture Witney – 1.00pm
Sound Knowledge, Marlborough + acoustic set – 7.00pm
Spillers Records, Cardiff – 1.00pm
Rise, Bristol + acoustic set – 6.00pm
Head Records, Leamington Spa – 1.00pm
“A remarkable album that confirms their flexibilty and talent for making energetic, expressive, poignant music. Anathema are a special band, determined not to stagnate, and distant satellites is yet another divine release”
Prog Magazine (UK)
“Ebbing and flowing, brooding and building the album’s structural dynamics are masterfully balanced, songcraft is tightened and the band’s overflowing musical passion gets ever more complelling and infectious”
8/10 Metal Hammer (UK)
“A remarkable album that confirms their flexibilty and talent for making energetci, expressive, poignant music. Anathema are a special band, determined not to stagnate, and distant satellites is yet another divine release”
Prog Magazine (UK)
“Ebbing and flowing, brooding and building the album’s structural dynamics are masterfully balanced, songcraft is tightened and the band’s overflowing musical passion gets ever more complelling and infectious”
8/10 Metal Hammer (UK)
“Yet another sublime masterclass in supercharged emotional songwriting and fearless sonic curiosity”
***** Dom Lawson, The Guardian (UK)
“High emotions, great music simply epic!”
8/10 Classic Rock (DE)
“A very harmonic and solid album which will a receive a warm welcome from the fans for sure!”
8/10 Rock Hard Magazine (DE)
“Anathema have done it again!”
95/100 Aardschok Magazine (NL)
'distant satellites' streaming in full on The Independent ahead of it's release in the UK on Monday (June 9th)!
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
Order the album on Anathema's official merch store:
Pre-order 'Distant Satellites' on Omerch:
The deluxe version is available on Burning Shed:
*FIVE* lucky customers who pre-order the album through Omerch will receive in their order a handwritten short poem by Danny (subject of his choice), personalised with each winner's name and signed by the man himself!
In addition, *ONE* other lucky Omerch customer will receive a one-off handwritten lyric sheet - signed by the whole band!
Pre-order 'The Lost Song Part 3' on iTunes:
New full-length album 'Distant Satellites' is out on Kscope in Germany & Sweden – 6th June | UK & RoW – 9th June | USA, Canada & France – 10th June.
Pre-order the album and more here:
At a later date, discussions will take place on the possible re-scheduling of the concerts.
Celebr8.3 Festival, London have released evening tickets for Anathema's acoustic performance on Saturday 31st May!
Entry from 7pm - over 18s only.
Tickets are priced at £21.50 (inc. booking fee) and can be purchased below.
Festival site: www.celebr8live.com
House of Progression: www.houseofprogression.progzilla.com
In 2 weeks time Anathema will head back out on the road!
Thursday 22nd May:
Friday 23rd May:
Eastern Mediterranean University (Spring Fest), Famagusta
For more info & currently announced tour dates head here:
Get your tickets here: http://bit.ly/DownloadTickets
Don't forget also... In addition, ONE other lucky customer will receive a one-off handwritten lyric sheet - signed by the whole band!
The standard jewel case edition will be signed by the band also, this again is exclusive to Omerch orders.
There are 4 editions of the album, all of which can be ordered in a t-shirt bundle (mens & ladies):
1 Lucky customer will receive a signed 1 off handwritten lyric sheet signed by the band in their order!
Keep an eye out here for ticket links: www.bandsintown.com/Anathema-OfficialBandPage
'distant satellites' is the highly anticipated follow up to 2012's 'Weather Systems', recorded at Cederberg Studios in Oslo, with producer Christer-André Cederberg.
Germany & Sweden – 6th June
UK & RoW – 9th June
USA, Canada & France – 10th June
Monday 9th June:
Sister Ray Records, London - 5.30pm
Tuesday 10th June:
Rapture, Witney - 1.00pm
Sound Knowledge, Marlborough + acoustic set - 7.00pm
Wednesday 11th June:
Spillers Records, Cardiff - 1.00pm
Rise, Bristol + acoustic set - 6.00pm
Thursday 12th June:
Head Records, Leamington Spa - 1.00pm
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.”
Ahead of their appearance at this year’s Download Festival, on Friday 13th June, ANATHEMA will be playing a series of acoustic shows:
31/05 – UK, London, Islington Assembly Rooms – Celebr8 Festival
12/06 – UK, Leamington, Assembly Rooms (Acoustic show)
13/06 – UK, Download Festival (Pepsi Max Stage)
15/06 – UK, Gloucester, Gloucester Cathedral (Acoustic show)
18/07 – Poland, Jarocin Festival
19/07 – Germany, Night Of The Prog
21/08 – Australia, Brisbane, Hi Fi Bar
22/08 – Australia, Sydney, MetroTheatre
23/08 – Australia, Melbourne, Corner Hotel
16/10 – France, Paris, Bataclan
More dates to be announced...
TOUR DATES: www.anathema.ws/tour.cfm
New t-shirts and a hoody available for pre-order, shipping commences on Monday 24th March 2014.
Tickets & VIP packages now on sale from the link below -
VIP Meet and Greet Packages
(Strictly Limited to 40 per show)
Thursday 21st - The Hi-Fi, Brisbane
Friday 22nd - The Metro Theatre, Sydney
Saturday 23rd - Corner Hotel, Melbourne
On a day off from the HIM tour, Anathema will perform a headline show at State Theatre Saint Petersburg, Florida on Saturday March 22nd!
TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW!
Anathema hit the road with HIM last week as special guests on the band's North American tour. See the remaining dates below:
March 12 - House of Blues, Chicago, IL
March 13 - House of Blues, Cleveland, OH
March 14 - Iving Plaza, New York (SOLD OUT)
March 15 - Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelpia, PA (SOLD OUT)
March 16 - Iving Plaza, New York
March 18 - Center Stage, Atlanta, GA
March 19 - House of Blues, Orlando, FL
March 20 - Revolution, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
March 24 - House of Blues, New Orleans, LA
March 25 - House of Blues, Houston, TX
Get your tickets HERE.
The band have also been announced for several summer festivals including:
DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL, Derby UK - Friday 13th June 2014
JAROCIN FESTIWAL, Jarocin PL - Friday 18th July 2014
NIGHT OF THE PROG, Sankt Goarshausen DE - Saturday 19th July 2014
Anathema will also head to Australia in August:
August 21 - Hi Fi Bar, Brisbane
August 22 - Metro Theatre, Sydney
August 23 - Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Tickets and VIP packages on sale Thursday 13th March at 9am.
More info: www.metropolistouring.com
A CONCERT FILM BY LASSE HOILE - FILMED AT THE ANCIENT ROMAN THEATRE OF PHILLIPPOPLIS WITH THE PLOVDIV PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
In May 2012 Anathema released Weather Systems, the most acclaimed and successful album of the band's celebrated career. The album scored high in numerous critics end of year polls around the world and cemented the band's reputation as one of the most exciting and progressive band around.
Following the release of the album the band embarked on a lengthy tour. The European leg opened with a triumphant one-off show at the ancient Roman theatre of Philippopolis with the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra in September 2012. This incredible show was documented by acclaimed filmmaker Lasse Hoile (Steven Wilson, Porcupine Tree, Opeth, Dream Theater), the stunning results of which will be released as Universal.
Fans can relive the magic on September 23rd. The film is released as a four disc audio-visual set, capturing the magic of the evening on Blu-ray, DVD and two CD’s. This limited edition set features bonus audio content and footage of the band recorded at the Union Chapel in London. A two disc (CD & DVD) set and a Blu-ray edition will also be available.
Untouchable, Part 1
Untouchable, Part 2
The Storm Before the Calm
A Simple Mistake
The Beginning and the End
A Natural Disaster
One Last Goodbye
Emotional Winter / Wings of God
A NIGHT AT THE UNION CHAPEL
Thin Air *below
Angels Walk Among Us
A Natural Disaster
Pre-order for September 23rd release
* Standard and retail formats will be available closer to the release date.
OR alternatively order the 'Untouchable' 2LP in a bundle
with the 'Universal' 4 Disc SPecial Edition Set
Featuring the stunning recent performance at the ancient Roman theatre of Philippopolis with the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra.
In May 2012 Anathema released Weather Systems, the most acclaimed and successful album of a career that has spanned over two decades. The album scored high in numerous critics end of year polls around the world and cemented the band's reputation as one of the most exciting and progressive band around.
Following the release of the album the band embarked on a lengthy world tour. 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. Untouchable captures the magic of the evening on double heavyweight vinyl packaged in a gatefold sleeve with printed inners.
Release Date 15th July 2013
Order your copy of Untouchable 2LP from the Kscope store
JULY 11 - Cultuurpodium Boerderij, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands [with Antimatter]
Tickets | Boerderij homepage | Facebook event
JULY 12 - Progresja, Warsaw, Poland [with Antimatter]
Tickets & Homepage | Facebook event
JULY 13 - Geyserhaus, Leipzig, Germany [Exclusive acoustic show]
Tickets | Geyserhaus homepage | Facebook event
For those of you unaccustomed to Anathema acoustic, here is a clip that shows the restructuring and layering of the songs using loop stations, piano, ambient tones and 3 part harmony vocals, all graced with those unique melodies.
ANATHEMA Acoustic - performing 'Thin Air' at Union Chapel in London on a night that helped to win the band 'Best Live Event' at the U.K. Progressive Music Awards 2012.
Kscope reaches its 5th anniversary this year and to celebrate the label are hosting two special evenings at The Garage in London. There will be four bands from the label’s roster playing on each night, including Amplifier, Bruce Soord with Jonas Renkse (performing the Wisdom of Crowds album),Nosound and Mothlite on Wednesday July 24th, followed by Anathema, Mothlite, Leafblade (featuring Dan Cavanagh) and North Atlantic Oscillation on Thursday 25th.
Tickets for the gigs are on sale now, priced at £18. There are also a limited number of two-day tickets available for £32. (all tickets subject to booking fee)
Buy tickets for the AMPLIFIER, BRUCE SOORD with JONAS RENKSE, NOSOUND and HENRY FOOL show on the 24th July
Buy tickets for the ANATHEMA, MOTHLITE, LEAFBLADE and NORTH ATLANTIC OSCILLATION show on the 25th July
Buy a two night ticket for BOTH SHOWS
This version, on double 180gm vinyl, features a gatefold cover with the artwork the band originally intended for Eternity, plus bonus acoustic renditions of Far Away and Eternity Part III.
The legendary folk artist Roy Harper appears on the band's cover version of 'Hope'. Which was originally featured on the Roy Harper / Jimmy Page album 'Whatever Happened to Jugula?' from 1985.
Our thanks go out to all the team at Prog and everyone who has supported the album and our live shows this year. It really does mean a lot to us especially because we were up against some tough opposition!
Of the show, Vincent said 'it has been a personal ambition of mine for a long time to visit India and now to have the chance to play there is absolutely fantastic! Anathema will be playing a 2 hour set and we can't wait to get out there in the New Year'.
VISIT THE UNSEENUNDERGROUND WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS
TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Anyone who has seen us live this last year will have seen Daniel behind the keyboard rack with us. Some of you will know his production skills with our friend Anneke van Giersbergen, Head control System and many other works. Others of you may know him as one of the most bad ass drummers working in Europe today.
Our man Cardoso is such a complete musician who adds so much to our line up that the thought of working closer with him has been growing on my mind for some time. I simply love the way he plays and we share a common sensibility and understanding of the music and how it should sound. So I came to the conclusion that the strongest incarnation of Anathema, in the studio as well as on the road, is with Daniel in the line up, full time.
I now feel that alongside the brilliant and rarely gifted songwriter John Douglas, who remains integral to what we do, with this addition we can now accomplish anything musically that we might imagine. Everywhere I look in the band I see great talent.
It's important for the fans to know and understand that that the long standing Anathema songwriting team of Daniel Cavanagh, John Douglas and Vincent Cavanagh stays intact and remains strongly bonded and unchanged.
Our philosophy is - if it isn't broke, don't fix it. This songwriting team is important to our continued growth.
What Daniel Cardoso will bring is another string to our bow, a different musical talent and an opportunity for the band to push the music to its limit and accomplish anything musically that it wants to achieve.
The move is welcomed by John Douglas, who said: "Daniel is one of the lads and we already have a great working relationship. I think he can add to our music even further and I welcome it. It's a bit like a football team and he's a very good addition to the squad."
To quote Daniel Cardoso: "I remember being a teenager and being very disappointed to know that the drummer of one of my favorite bands left the band and didnt play on one of their albums. That band was Anathema and the album was Alternative 4. I was delighted when he rejoined and helped write the classic album 'Judgement'. So it's pretty exciting for me to get to this point where I'm bandmates with the great JD but at the same time I'm able to drop some tough beats here and there, when the music asks for it. Because thats why we're here.. for the music. And we do have a kickass team."
So that's it folks, Anathema now has TWO drummers! One of them is a uniquely gifted musician who created awesome Anathema classics such as 'Storm before the calm', 'A fine day to exit' and 'Universal', - and the other is a bad ass incredible player for any songs that might require that different style that he can bring.
Synth and keyboard duties in the live arena will still be largely handled by Daniel Cardoso with additional synth work from Vincent and Daniel Cavanagh and John Douglas - the musical roles changing according to the needs of the song.
We look forward to continued growth and musical exploration together.
The band would like to thank Andy Leff for encouraging the belief that the musicians must serve the music, and for his clarity in helping us to realise this musical ambition.
We're pleased to reveal that to round off the tour, tonight's show in Tilburg, Netherlands will also be recorded for the bluray which will be released in 2013 by Kscope.
Here's a message from Vincent and Daniel regarding what you can expect tonight. If you don't already have tickets you'd better grab them quickly, this show is set to be full to the rafters!
Details here for our Spanish fans:
Mañana tendrá lugar la grabación del concierto de Anathema en los estudios de RTVE para el programa de Radio 3.
Las primeras 50 personas en escribir (nombre completo y DNI) confirmando su asistencia al programa, podrán asistir de forma totálmente gratuita. Todas las solicitudes a esta direccion de email> firstname.lastname@example.org
- A las 12:00 hrs. del mediodía en la caseta de Recepción del complejo de RTVE de Prado del Rey, con su DNI.
- Un compañero de Relaciones Públicas de RTVE irá a recogerles a esa hora para acompañarles al estudio de Música 1 de la Radio, por lo que todo aquel que llegue más tarde se quedará sin poder acceder.
- Cómo llegar:
RTVE - AVDA. RADIO TELEVISION, 4 ---- 28223-POZUELO DE ALARCON.
Ó TAMBIÉN CARRETERA DE HUMERA A CARABANCHEL --- (Es la M-502)
La Avda. de Radio Televisión es una calle interna del recinto de RTVE, por lo que es probable que no salga en todos los navegadores.
* EN GOOGLE: Av de Radio Televisión, 28223, Pozuelo de Alarcón - Enlace directo
* TRANSPORTE PÚBLICO, la parada del Metro Ligero “PRADO DEL REY”, deja exactamente en la puerta del recinto de RTVE.
Also there will be a free acoustic show at FNAC Callao : 19:00 hrs.
Hope to see some of you there tomorrow!
hello everyone. i write to you from poland on the weather systems autumn tour of europe as the beautiful month of october comes to us. a special time of year in so many ways, the most colorful of seasons and a time of warm memory and good feeling as our side of the earth begins to cool.sincerely, this is already shaping up to be the best tour we have ever done, but as i said, we always knew that it would be. its a great pleasure to be playing the songs to these audiences, and to have such a great crew working so hard for the band. special mention must go out to a remarkable guy, rob highcroft, our tour manager. he has been magnificent for us, and we're sorry that he has to leave the tour early due to unforeseen circumstances. he'll be missed, but then again, i'm pretty sure he will be back for more. i've honestly never met anyone like rob before; to be as cool, calm and collected as he is, as professional as he is, as driven and focussed, and all with good energy and positivity, all for a guy under 30. amazing.we all feel good to be on the road, and it's a long tour for us, our biggest ever in fact. the tour is so long that we have had to cut down our tendency for 2 hour 40 minute marathon concerts and bring them all in under two hours, just in order to ensure the band is able to bring the very best every single night without exception. from the reactions we're getting, no one is feeling short changed and there has been no complaints.a funny moment happened in copenhagen at lille vega, where due to my being five minutes late leaving the venue, i found myself locked inside the backstage area with several layers of locked doors between me and the rest of the band and crew. none of the venue people were reachable and in the end i was waiting well over an hour until 2 policemen, 2 firemen and a locksmith were called out and i could be set free. i was ready for a load of silly remarks about my being late leaving the venue, but no one said a word to me! a great venue as lille vega surely is, they ought to make very sure the venue is empty before locking up very strong fire doors and trapping unwary guitarists in backstage areas with nothing but stale bananas for emotional support. thanks again to rob for rescuing me.we are near the sea in poland and i think the opportunity for a seaside walk in autumn overlooking the north sea is too good to resist, so i will be off. best wishes and see you onstage somewhere soon.
By Danny Cavanagh
its been a week since we started the second part of our weather systems tour of europe, and as we all expected, everything has transpired exactly to plan. thanks to the fact that we were recording live album and DVD on the FIRST show of the tour, it really meant that we had to hit the ground running, and rehearse harder than we ever have before to be able to pull this off. thanks to our hard work and fantastic road crew, the first show was a great success for us, and the audience, as expected, were truly amazing.
if i can spend a few minutes here speaking of the amazing job that the road crew did on the night of the bulgarian show, no matter what words i could use to compliment their work, it would fall short of truly expressing the job they did, or our gratitude. the stage, the lights and the sound were all truly stunning, as indeed was the work of our orchestral composer in england, and the plovdiv symphony orchestra.
so a huge thank you to tonto, ian , paul, rob, pete, levon, dave, the string players and to the fans, thank you all for an unforgettable night. our man in the studio christer is now mixing the music for a 2013 release.
more to come…
As you may know, on 22nd September the Ancient Roman Theatre in Plovdiv (Bulgaria) will host a truly special concert. The ruins of this spectacular building will provide a magical backdrop when Anathema take to the stage to perform their show alongside the string players of the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra. After weeks of speculation we can now reveal that this unique concert will be recorded live and released on bluray in 2013 by Kscope.
Speaking about the show, Daniel said that "recording a definitive Anathema DVD in Bulgaria, among some of the best fans in the world, has been on our agenda for some years. The fact that it's in this amazing location with an orchestral performance is surely a recipe for something special."
Fresh from winning the award for Best Live Performance at the UK Classic Rock Presents Prog Awards last month, Anathema have designed a stunning production for this show and you can expect to see a breathtaking performance of Anathema songs, new and old. Anathema fans are travelling from far and wide for this show and flights to Sofia have seen a boom in recent weeks! A limited number of tickets still remain for this opportunity so to buy your ticket and be part of this one-off experience, follow the link below.
SEE ANATHEMA IN PLOVDIV
03-Oct POL Bydgoszcz, Hala Astoria
04-Oct POL Gdynia, UCHO Club
05-Oct POL Warszawa, Progresja
06-Oct POL Katowice, Mega Club
07-Oct CZ Prague, Club Fultrum
08-Oct AT Vienna, Szene Wien
09-Oct HU Budapest, A38 Ship
11-Oct CRO Zagreb Boogaloo Club
A Dog Called Ego are a post rockish band from Hamburg, Germany. They were formed in 2006 and released the highly anticipated Debut record "Living Seriously Damages Health" in 2006. It was played, recorded, produced and released by the band themselves, got a bunch of nice reviews and was later on described as the best Alternative/Post Rock album of the last years by German Rock Hard Magazine.
After having played lots of concerts including a tours throughout Germany and Bosnia and Herzegowina, A Dog Called Ego recorded their second full length album called "Happy Happy Apocalypse" in 2011. Again without the help of a label or management the own studio became something like a second home for the three piece. And it still is.
After releasing the "Don´t Vote For Us"-EP in summer 2012, the band locked down in their studio again to work on a new album to be released after the end of the world in early 2013.
CHECK OUT A DOG CALLED EGO
More tour news coming soon!
Anathema are nominated for two of the 2012 Progressive Music Awards.
Album Of The Year (for Weather Systems)
Live Event (for Union Chapel/Koko shows)
If you haven't already voted, follow the banner link on our website home page NOW!
Thank you all in advance!
We are very pleased to announce that San Diego born band Astra will be supporting Anathema on the forthcoming European shows:
16-Oct FR Marseille, Le Cabaret Aleatoire
17-Oct ES Barcelona, Apolo
18-Oct ES Madrid, Joy Eslava
19-Oct PT Porto, Hard Club
20-Oct PT Lisbon, Paradise Garage
21-Oct ES Seville, Custom
22-Oct ES Murcia, Gamma
24-Oct ES Barakaldo (Bilbao), Sala Rockstar Live
25-Oct FR Bordeaux, Barbey Rockschool
26-Oct FR Rennes, Antipodel
27-Oct FR Vauréal, Le Forum
29-Oct FR Lyon, Transbordeur
30-Oct FR Strasbourg, La Laiterie
31-Oct FR Lille, Le Splendid
1-Nov GER Osnabruck, Haus der Jugend
2-Nov GER Munchen, Theaterfabrik
3-Nov GER Berlin, Franz Club
Astra have fast become a synonym for the ethereal, the sublime, and the genuinely progressive. 2009’s The Weirding put these analog-inflected San Diego visionaries on the map. Think wailing guitars and dulcet harmonies thickened by Mellotrons and given hypnotic qualities by the kind of drumming that borders on the shamanic. Cinematic in scope but frequently yielding to a kind of melodic fragility that can only be the product of genuine emotion, The Black Chord’s musical ebb and flow prove Astra to be a band’s band, capable of an artistry all-too-rare among their generation, and it’s a sound to behold.
More news on other support artistes to be announced soon. For now, check them out!
Album Of The Year (for Weather Systems)
Live Event (for Union Chapel/Koko shows)
We're up against steep competition and need your help so please take a moment to vote for us if you can.
22 Sept - Bulgaria, Plovdiv, Roman Ampitheater
23 Sept - Romania, Bucharest, Jukebox
26 Sept - Finland, Tampere, Pakkahuone
27 Sept - Finland, Helsinki, Circus
30 Sept - Norway, Oslo , Rockefeller
1 Oct - Denmark, Copenhagen, Vega (small hall)
3 Oct - Poland, Bydgoszcz, Hala Astoria
4 Oct - Poland, Gdynia, Ucho Club
5 Oct - Poland, Katowice, Mega Club
7 Oct - Czech Republic, Prague, Club Fultrum
8 Oct - Austria, Vienna , Szene Wien
9 Oct - Hungary, Budapest, A38 Ship
JUST ANNOUNCED AND ON SALE 15 JUNE:
11 Oct - Croatia, Zagreb , Boogaloo Club
13 Oct - Italy, Ravenna , Rock Planet
14 Oct - Italy, Rome, Orion
15 Oct - Italy, Turin, Teatro Delle Serre
16 Oct - France, Marseille , Le Cabaret Aleatoire
17 Oct - Spain, Barcelona , Apolo
18 Oct - Spain, Madrid, Joy Eslava
19 Oct - Portugal, Porto, Hard Club
20 Oct - Portugal, Lisbon, Paradise Garage
21 Oct - Spain, Seville , Custom
22 Oct - Spain, Murcia, Gamma
AS SPECIAL GUESTS TO OPETH, ON SALE 15 JUNE:
12 Nov - UK , Nottingham, Rock City
13 Nov - UK , Glasgow, 02 ABC
14 Nov - IRELAND, Dublin, Vicar St
15 Nov - UK , Leeds, The Met
16 Nov - UK , London, Union Chapel (unplugged )
17 Nov - UK , Portsmouth, Pyramids Centre
18 Nov - Luxembourg, Hollerich, Den Atelier
20 Nov - Belgium, Brussels , AB
21 Nov - Germany, Cologne , Ewerk
22 Nov - Germany, Frankfurt, Sankt Peter Church (unplugged)
23 Nov - Germany, Bochum, Christuskirche (unplugged )
25 Nov - Germany, Hamburg, Grosse Freiheit
Ticket links for the newly announced shows will be posted on
anathema.ws on June 15. All others on sale NOW!
Album Weather Systems out now on Kscope
4th June Bournemouth Sound Circus
6th and 7th June London Borderline
At the time of writing there are a handful of tickets left but that’s it!
Further details will be announced very soon and tickets are now on sale.
Anyone who went to the Paradiso gig in Amsterdam would have to admit that the audience was absolutely fantastic. That's the biggest crowd we've ever played to in western europe and we, in turn, gave everything we could to make it a special night. I think together, we made that happen.
To have sold out the Paradiso and to havens such a high position in the Dutch charts is an achievement that band and management are very grateful for and proud of.
There were so many special moments in the show, and I'm very glad that everything came together as well as it did. There were also lots lot of familiar faces in the crowd and many old friends came out to show their support.
The day started out with a nice atmosphere and even an impromptu 'aerobics' session during the (usually monotonous) drum sound check. That got things off to a good start.
After that I gathered together a fan club meeting and they were allowed in early, and then the venue started to fill up. I watched amplifier's set again and was again moved when hearing their song 'panzer' which I find a very nice track that hits the spot. A good band. Perhaps bring earplugs. They're just a little loud :-)
The venue in the end filled to capacity and we did everything we could to fill it with energy too. Thanks as I say to a brilliant audience I can safely say that we as a band feel that to be the most prestigious show we've done so far on this tour and we are delighted with the way things are going.
It was great to spend time chatting to friend after the show too, and I hope some new friendships have been made.
Dank u wel to all our Dutch fans, even those a little further away from home..
Spring under a cherry blossom tree in Belgium.. and though the sun be hidden behind light cloud above, it fails not to inspire hope of a better day ahead.
Welcome to the weather report from the most peaceful spot I've found so far on tour, underneath this cherry blossom tree @Trix, Antwerp. The drifting of cherry blossom leaves upon an April breeze is one of my favourite and most captivating moments in nature. A blessing indeed and an ideal place to have a little picnic and write a report for you good folk.
Behind the excellent Trix venue lies a peaceful garden, complete with said cherry blossom and what I think are two weeping willows. Regardless of the names of these trees, it's a solace indeed to be here with coffee, fruits and a little bit of spring in the heart. Quieter moments such as these are a tonic from the intensity of some of the live performances, I suppose thanks to one thing, one can appreciate the other.
The tour is going splendidly well and the album is being received equally well too, thanks to all you good people. We are also very happy with the atmosphere between band and crew and the good work that's being done to make all this happen.
Last night was spent at a nice restaurant and then (though I went off to the hotel and missed out) a karaoke bar. Judging by the look on the faces of those that have surfaced, looks like fun was had by all. Vin looks fresh faced and full of good energy, as I've come to expect of him. Lee is in good sprits, and I've not seen the others yet.
I was thinking today about my friends in leafblade and how a setting like this is so suited to their music.. The 'portrait' album to follow soon is as sweet as a summer afternoon..
Furthermore, plans are being put in place to get back together with our invaluable and incredible musical partner, Christer Andre Cedeberg, to make more music, and the sounds being made are that we might plan something a little harder edged..
Something to think about!
Lee : they were blooming marvellous, my favorite night
Vin : sitting on shoulders, whoop, whoop.. they were kicking the bins
Cardoso : amazing, obrigado
Jay : great sound and I felt more confident and relaxed. Brilliant night
John : bloody marvellous
Dan : I love Germany and this was one of the reasons
xxxx Danke Frankfurt xxxx
Frankfurt, a special city. The city where a famous redlight district sprawls at the feet of the grand European Central Bank.. Where one of Europe's most impressive skylines can be seen for miles around.. A city where it's very pleasant to sit outside Starbucks on Große Bockenheimer straße with a tall Americano and watch the world go by.. One of my favorite pastimes here in Frankfurt.. A bit of Retail therapy today, breakfast and city centre shopping, very pleasant.
Last night in Köln was great, we worked hard to get everyone in the room on our side and it paid off. Nice to see the audiences growing too.. And to hear positive fan reactions to the new album. Met some interesting people and am enjoying mingling with the audience after each show, spending a bit of time with some good characters.
The road crew on this tour are almost all new to us and they have, each one of them, been fantastic. We're really grateful for their professionalism and easy going nature.
More soon, my coffee is getting colder..
The venue here in Köln is the same venue in 2005 (on tour with porcupine tree) in which the song 'the gathering of the clouds' was performed for the first time, in a form that I'm sure differs to the version released this week on WEATHER SYSTEMS. That night we were opening for porcupine tree on their 'deadwing' tour. Now it's our turn to play this excellent venue and to bring our own guests, the excellent 'amplifier' to open for us.
It's nice to observe how anathema have changed and evolved since those days in 2005. Much in the way of good has happened, and we have, after much inner turmoil, managed to unify ourselves, get our act together and finally get back to releasing great albums again.
Poland was a wonderful place to begin the tour and we thank every one of the special polish fans for playing their part. The band is already in full swing and sounding and playing well. This is a good feeling. It was a special moment to play untouchable part 2 and hear the Poles singing along passionately. Thank you.
So now to Germany, a wonderful country, so close to my heart in many ways. My affection for this part of the world and this nation goes very deep, and I consider German people to be beautiful and kind and with good intention toward their European neighbours. The album has entered the charts in a high position in Germany too and I would like to thank all those business people (record company and concert promoters) for helping to create this success.
I wish life, love and success to all, and I'll be returning with more news very soon..
"THERE'S ALWAYS SUNSHINE AFTER RAIN"
We begin the new chapter in Poland! The scene of so many great nights for band and audience in the past..
In fact I still have kept the plectrum from the show in 2010 at this very club, as it seemed to me to be the best show with the most receptive audience we had ever played to at that point. Something came together that night that has lived long in the memory. Can we top it? That remains to be seen, but I'm sure we'll do our best and the audience will play their part.
So, welcome to the weather systems tour diary for 2012, from a beautiful and rainy Krakow, Poland. The first night of the tour, and everyone is looking forward to this. There are some new songs that we are so looking forward to playing live.. These are exciting times for us and you too we hope..
The response to the new album has been great and we thank each and every fan for all your continued support, we hope to enjoy the journey with you together..
We have just come offstage from sound check and it's starting to get closer to the moment of truth! I can honestly say I'm not the least bit nervous, strange though it seems :-)
Oh and the rain has stopped...
..to be continued
.....ANATHEMA CONTINUE TO MAKE MUSIC THAT GLOWS WITH MEANING AND A LOVE FOR ART'S ETERNAL POWER TO TOUCH THE SOUL. STILL SPECIAL, INCREASINGLY EXTRAORDINARY: THE BAND AND THIS ALBUM WILL BE CHERISHED.''(CLASSIC ROCK PRESENTS PROG)
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Anathema will return in April with Weather Systems, their brand new studio album.
Weather Systems is the follow-up to 2010’s We're Here Because We're Here. That album featured prominently in numerous end-of-year polls and the producer, Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), has described it as 'definitely among the best albums I’ve ever had the pleasure to work on.'
The bar for Weather Systems has been set pretty high then but Daniel 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 of these profoundly beautiful songs are intensely powerful, yet simple. These are songs that 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 mastered by 5 times Norwegian Grammy nominated Christer-André Cederberg (Animal Alpha, In the Woods..., Drawn), 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 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.’
Weather Systems will be available on Kscope from April 16th 2012.
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Special guests will be revealed soon - watch this space!
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23rd April Hamburg
24th April Cologne
25th April Frankfurt
27th April Antwerp
28th April Amsterdam
29th April Stuttgart
30th April Milan
1st May Pratteln
2nd May Paris
Joining us on these dates are special guests AMPLIFIER
Ticketing details are available on our tour page.
More announcements coming next week!
Kids In Glass Houses and Lazywall are also on the bill.
The only way you can get tickets is by tuning into OUI FM where tickets are already being given away!
This is a great opportunity, thanks to our French fans for creating such a buzz over there for us and to our friends at Kscope, Replica and OUI FM for making this possible!
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The first dates that we can announce are:
23rd April Hamburg
24th April Cologne
25th April Frankfurt
29th April Stuttgart
Joining us on these dates are special guests AMPLIFIER.
More dates will be announced shortly and tickets will be on sale today!
There has been a venue change. The show is now at Theater Square, Central Krasnodar and will be part of a city event with free admission.
For those who bought tickets to the club show, reimbursement will be made at your point of purchase.
Anathema will be on stage 20:00-22:00.
Check out the latest from Jordan Blum.
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Also don't forget to pick up your copy of Classic Rock Prog this month, there's a Q&A with Vincent and Lee!
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All of us including Les tried our best to make the partnership work for many years through hard work together, but it was felt there was always a difficulty and the creative process was just not working. Sadly the split was inevitable.
Great respect and thanks is due to Les for all his tireless work behind the scenes for the band. It has been a very difficult few months for everyone concerned as Les is a unique character and is still much loved by all in the band. You will have noticed that Daniel Cardoso has been performing in concerts over the festival season as a live player, but the writing and recording line up will remain the nucleus of the band as it always was.
We all wish Les the very, very best for the future.
'There's little here to link these new reworkings to the band of old, so in a sense with Falling Deeper Anathema have rewritten their own history backwards......Falling Deeper is even more impressive because of the nature of this early material and the manner in which it is now portrayed'....Jerry Ewing, Editor.
Falling Deeper is available to PRE ORDER
Falling Deeper continues where Hindsight left off. The album features brand new arrangements of songs and haunting melodies from our earliest days. It’s a mesmerising blend of the orchestral - majestic and at times ethereal - with beautiful vocal arrangements and our unique 'feedback' lead guitars, all centred around a grand piano and a huge rhythm section. All the layers work together to convey the haunting internal landscapes Anathema have become renowned for.
This is an album which we hope will excite old and new Anathema fans equally. A fresh musical and lyrical approach has transformed songs such as Crestfallen, Kingdom and Sunset Of Age. This record reveals how, even from the very start, the band wrote melodies which would always have a universal magic and emotional impact.
Another highlight of the album, Everwake, features the incredible voice of Anneke van Giersbergen and has brought a higher dimension to one of the band’s earliest and simplest acoustic pieces.
The record has been produced by Daniel Cavanagh and was recorded and mixed by Andrea Wright at the legendary Parr St Studios, Liverpool (where the likes of Elbow, Coldplay and Echo and the Bunnymen have also recorded albums). The orchestral arrangements are from Dave Stewart who worked so successfully with Anathema on We’re Here Because We’re Here.
Falling Deeper, in the words of Daniel Cavanagh, is:
‘’a nod to our past and a look to our future all at the same time, with a sound that is designed to transport you to the heart of the present moment.’’
FALLING DEEPER - COMING 5TH SEPTEMBER
The recent video for Dreaming Light will also feature on FALLING DEEPER, click below to watch it.
The show takes place at 7.30pm, Friday 30th September 2011 and features a number of acts from the roster performing special stripped back sets in this breathtaking venue.
Anathema will headline, performing their enchanting acoustic show which those of you who saw the band in the USA will agree is not to be missed! Vincent and Danny will be joined this time by Lee.
Other acts performing on the night include the multi talented Bruce Soord from The Pineapple Thief (whose 2010 album 'Someone Here Is Missing' was described as 'mesmerising’ by Classic Rock), Engineers (who have just remixed Universal for the Dreaming Light single released today) and Nosound's Giancarlo Erra who opens the show with his seductive and original fusion of progressive, ambient and post rock(solo set).
Tickets are now on sale priced at £18. Under 16's must be accompanied by an adult. This fantastic show is guaranteed to sell out.
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Watch this space for further gig announcements soon!
The single features a remix of the track Universal by Engineers, another Kscope artiste, and of course the video by award winning director, Christopher Kenworthy.
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The dates are:
4th Nov @ People, Krasnodar, Russia
5th Nov @ Glavclub, St Petersburg, Russia
6th Nov @ Milk club, Moscow, Russia
7th Nov @ Bingo, Kiev, Ukraine
Can't wait to get back and see all our fans there!
Tickets are on sale and links for Moscow and St Petersburg are on our tour page. Links to follow for the other two shows.
The show will be at Jumeirah Ballroom , Crowne Plaza Hotel
SHEIKH ZAYED ROAD
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
We're really excited as you can imagine!
Tickets are on sale NOW
The support band for this show will be a local band from Dubai called EYE and you can check them out on THE EYE FACEBOOK
It’s hard to believe it’s been seven long years since Anathema last offered up some new music. Yes, fans have been blessed with a couple of DVDs in that time (2004’s Were You There? and 2006’s A Moment In Time) and an album’s worth of reworked and rerecorded material (2008’s Hindsight). But technically, the long running Liverpool (U.K.) act hasn’t recorded anything remotely new since 2003’s A Natural Disaster.
Anathema finally broken their self imposed silence with the release of their eighth full-length release We’re Here Because We’re Here. And quite simply, the seven years work the band have put into their latest album has been well worth the wait.
In a lot of ways, We’re Here Because We’re Here is the next logical and natural progression from where Anathema last left listeners all those years ago. The band has well and truly matured as performers and songwriters in their time away, which is more than evident in the ten selections presented on their latest album.
The opening track “Thin Air” is a perfect example of where Anathema has mastered the art of dynamics with an ever increasing layer of textures within their chosen progressive sound. Vincent Cavanagh’s vocals have certainly come a long way, with his performance sounding nothing short of stunning, while the song’s progressive build up, breakdown around the halfway mark and concluding with a climax that is on first listen quite complex, yet deceptively simple, beautifully written and masterfully executed.
The tension filled “Summernight Horizon” is every bit as impressive with the addition of piano, driving drums and Lee Douglas’ ever present harmonized vocals alongside Cavanagh’s throughout the song, while the emotive piano driven/strings enhanced “Dreaming Light” is quite possibly the strongest ballad Anathema has penned to date.A strong Porcupine Tree influence can be heard within the piano led “Everything,” which is not surprising given that Steve Wilson is credited as mixer for the album. But despite the sound influence, “Everything” is still an amazing, catchy and beautiful tuned that it’s unmistakably from the likes of Anathema.
The soothing “Angels Walk Among Us” (which eventually concludes with the Cavanagh spoken word follow up track “Presence”) follows a similar path to the former, while “A Simple Mistake” ebbs and flows throughout its lengthy running time, with the varied layering of vocals carrying the first half of the song, before injecting a heavier guitar presence in its place in the latter half of the track.
“Get Off, Get Out” is by far the album’s heaviest tracks with its weighty guitar tones, driving rhythms and prominent Porcupine Tree-like chorus, while the slower paced/Pink Floyd-like “Universal” drifts along the same theme in the musical sense, before making a transition toward its tail end. Finishing up the album is the lengthy instrumental piece “Hindsight”, which in ways that that are a little hard to describe, seem to reinforce the overall positive feel and outlook of the album, both lyrically and musically.
In hindsight, both A Fine Day To Exit (2001) and A Natural Disaster are precursors to what the band really wanted to achieve with We’re Here Because We’re Here. Both are great albums, but definitely experimental efforts that have helped the band take things to a whole new level on this album.
Anathema has released some truly mesmerizing albums in their 20 years together, and even a couple of classics. But in the here and now, We’re Here Because We’re Here is undoubtedly their strongest and most satisfying release in the last decade, and an album that will definitely make its way into my top ten albums list for 2010.
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Alongside My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost, Liverpool’s Anathema was part of the unholy trinity that largely defined the UK’s death/doom/gothic metal scene in the nineties. Although none of the three bands has stood still musically, it’s Anathema that has perhaps shifted the furthest from their metal roots and We’re Here Because We’re Here continues their rebirth as a truly progressive rock band for the modern era.
Having already been on the shelves for some time in Europe and having gained many plaudits, the album now has an overdue Stateside release and American fans can finally revel it its many treasures.
You will find very little on this album that could even be remotely called heavy metal. There might be an occasional moment that references the mellow, acoustic aspect of Opeth, but that aside, the closest comparisons are those of progressive rock’s big guns old and new, like Pink Floyd and Porcupine Tree, in addition to the odd sideways glance towards alternative rock acts such as Radiohead and Smashing Pumpkins.
With much of We’re Here Because We’re Here being built around gentle, lilting acoustics, it could easily become an incredibly dull record to listen to. The fact that it is actually quite beautiful is a huge tribute to its creators.
The overwhelming success of the album is achieved not only by some sublime songwriting, but by the way the core songs are embellished, infusing them with a theatrical sense of the grandiose and otherworldly. Anathema has a firm grasp on dynamics and the ability to craft music, which takes the listener on an intriguing journey, often to an unexpected destination.
With far too many modern albums consisting of one big song and a shed load of filler, it’s utterly refreshing that this release is so consistently strong from beginning to end. In fact, it’s a record that demands to be listened to a whole to be fully appreciated.
That said, the mid-album spoken word interlude of “Presence” is excellent, both as a standalone track and as a scene setter for the following “A Simple Mistake” which is a quite startling affirmation of just how far Anathema has come. Elsewhere, the sinister, piano-driven “Summer Night Horizon” is a feast of multi-tracked vocals and inventive orchestrations, building magnificently from a gentle intro to a maelstrom of jarring guitars and off-kilter rhythms at its conclusion.
As is best illustrated on the wonderful “Dreaming Light”, this is an evocative and atmospheric album; sometimes dark and threatening, often stark and fragile. The fact that it remains as uplifting and rewarding as it is, says everything about just what a special band Anathema has become.
(released June 7, 2011 on The End Records)
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KinKobra is known for their emotion loaded, catchy songs and combined with a brain smashing and energetic live show we think you're going to enjoy them!
Anathema's U.S. record label THE END RECORDS have just announced a spectacular competition in conjunction with The Omega Order.
Anyone who pre-orders Anathema's "We're Here Because We're Here" from The Omega Order (the bundle, the special edition or the standard edition) is eligible to enter the Anathema Song Title Contest.
You get to create a song title and Danny Cavanagh will WRITE the song for you to go on a future Anathema album!!
YOU PROBABLY HAVE QUESTIONS.....let us answer most of the ones you've asked so far:
I'VE ALREADY BOUGHT IT VIA THE OMEGA ORDER, CAN I STILL ENTER?
Yes, you can still enter if you've already bought one of the above through The Omega Order. You will actually be getting an email with instructions (adding order #, etc)
I DON'T LIVE IN THE USA, CAN I STILL ENTER?
Yes, this is a worldwide competition open to anyone who makes their purchase through the Omega Order. Omega sales ship all over the world regularly.
I'VE ALREADY BOUGHT THE ALBUM ELSEWHERE, CAN I ENTER?
Unfortunately no, however, if you've already bought the standard edition and are looking to add to your collection, why not get the Special Edition too!!
Follow this link and you'll find a video by Danny explaining the competition and all the written details on how to take part:
ENTER THE CONTEST HERE
Please read them carefully.
Closing date is 14th June 2011.
Good luck and we really look forward to hearing your song titles!
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
Any titles deemed offensive, racist, sexist, derogatory, slanderous, inflammatory or the like will be automatically disqualified. Definition of offensive will be at the sole discretion of Anathema, their management and The End Records. Musical and lyrical content of song will come from Anathema. Song will be presented to winner via a video and/or audio recording upon completion by Anathema. Song will appear on the next full-length original recording by Anathema. Copyright and publishing of the song will remain the sole property of the composer (Anathema) and as such all applicable laws regarding violations of copyright will be enforced. Anathema retains all publishing rights to the song and winner will in no way benefit financially from the recording, use or publication of the song or any other means in which the song may earn a profit. Winner will be selected on or around June 14th, 2011 and will be notified via email.
Dreaming Light is the second single to be lifted from last year’s album, We’re Here Because We’re Here. Awarded Classic Rock’s ‘Prog Album of the Year’ in 2010.
Our apologies to all those who bought tickets or made travel arrangements to come to these concerts. As soon as Blackfield know when the tour can resume more information will be posted on all social media.
There is a personal note from Steven on his facebook page which explains the reason for the cancellations: MESSAGE FROM STEVEN
26 July Mexico @ Circo Volador
28 July Argentina @ Teatro Colegiales
31 July Chile @ Teatro Caupolican
IF YOU HAVE ALREADY PURCHASED A TICKET IT WILL STILL BE VALID FOR THE RESCHEDULED DATES.
We are also very sorry to announce that as a result of these shows moving, this means that the show in Brazil is unable to go ahead.
Because the dates in South America are moving, this has impacted at the last minute on Anathema’s US/Canadian plans. We are sorry for any disappointment and inconvenience that this will cause our fans.
HERE FOLLOWS A DIRECT MESSAGE TO ANATHEMA'S SOUTH AMERICAN FANS FROM VINCENT AND DANIEL:
We are very sorry for the cancellation of the Brazil show. Also for the re-timing of the south American tour. Once again it's the Brazilian fans
that have been made to suffer for somebody else's actions. If reasonable agreements could have been met, we would have our brothers and sister here in Washington today and none of this need ever have happened.
These situations were completely beyond our control and had nothing to do with Anathema. This was due to certain businessmen being unable to reach a
decision between themselves. It's such a shame for loyal fans to be messed about and we are very sorry. We are as disappointed as you guys.
We realize that our south American audience are among the best in the world.
We promise to make it up to our friends in Brazil by trying to find a way back there at the earliest
When we return, as always we will give everything we have got onstage, and we sincerely hope that we may continue a long standing friendship between Anathema and our south American fans.
Vincent and Danny
Our fans are our number 1 priority and so as not to let you down, we’ve generated enough support to keep most of our American Dream alive but this does still mean a few unavoidable changes to the plan.
We wanted to let you know that instead of the full band appearing, myself and Danny will now be performing acoustically. We’re really excited as it’s our first club show tour in the States and Canada and with absolute respect for fans who have bought tickets, we want to go over and give you a great show. Even though we’ll be focussing mainly on the newer material we’re still ready to play some of the old songs if people want to hear them! In fact, to us, these acoustic gigs are more special and exciting in a way – they are less structured and more improvised than a full band show – there’s room for a bit of freedom on the night. Additionally, due to the unprecedented style of these shows we have decided to record these rare acoustic performances for forthcoming special releases and exclusive online content.
We really feel this is just the beginning of Anathema’s US story and Danny and I are looking forward to meeting everyone. We will be on the merchandise stand after every performance to greet you all and we will do our best to make sure the full band gets to tour in the USA as quickly as possible, perhaps even headlining before the end of the year.
Whilst we realise this is a significant change from the original plan and we are disappointed that we can’t perform with the full band, we are thrilled that we can still play to our fans in the USA and Canada. In true Anathema spirit, the show WILL go on.
July 7th - Colossal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
July 8th - Atak, Enschede, The Netherlands
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AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER NOW FROM THE OMEGA ORDER
A special, limited edition deluxe edition will include three bonus tracks, 7 inch with two unreleased tracks, and a DVD 5.1 surround version of the album, along with the stereo version, both mixed by Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree.
1. Thin Air
2. Summer Night Horizon
3. Dreaming Light
5. Angels Walk Among Us
7. A Simple Mistake
8. Get Off Get Out
1. Angels Walk Among Us - Demo Mix
2. Presence - Demo Mix
3. A Simple Mistake - Demo Mix
Special limited edition will include the above plus:
1. Dreaming Light - Orchestral Version
2. Universal - Orchestral Version
5.1 Surround Sound & High Resolution 24-bit stero album mix
Everything – Demo Mix
AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER NOW FROM THE OMEGA ORDER
Ticket link on the tour page now.
See you there!!!
For details of other confirmed bands check out THE WAVE GOTIK WEBSITE
29th May @ Circo Volador, DF, Mexico BUY TICKETS
31st May @ Teatro Caupolican, Santiago, Chile BUY TICKETS
2nd June @ Teatro Colegiales, Buenos Aires, Argentina BUY TICKETS
For more info on Anneke please check out ANNEKE'S WEBSITE
Anathema will join Steven, Aviv and the Blackfield band on the following dates:
18th May : 9:30 Club, Washington DC BUY TICKETS
19th May : Theater of the Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA BUY TICKETS
20th May : Irving Plaza, New York, NY BUY TICKETS
21st May : Royale Boston, Boston, MA BUY TICKETS
23rd May : National, Montreal, QC BUY TICKETS
24th May : Opera House, Toronto, ON BUY TICKETS
25th May : House of Blues, Cleveland, OH BUY TICKETS
26th May : St Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI BUY TICKETS
27th May : Park West, Chicago, IL BUY TICKETS
This will be their first tour of the USA and this comes at the perfect time for Anathema, who are currently in the studio recording a new collection of songs. More news on this and future plans for the USA very soon.
In the meantime, make sure to purchase tickets in advance for the Blackfield / Anathema shows. You do NOT want to miss out!
Tickets are on sale and available NOW!
TICKETS FROM TICKETCORNER
It's a great venue and we very much look forward to the show!
TICKETS FROM P60
The line-up this year includes Opeth, Tiamat, Morbid Angel and Nevermore.
Full details at the festival website
You can watch the interview with Vincent and Lee in English (with Persian subtitles).
ANATHEMA SCREAM FOR ME
Anathema Limited Edition Cavern Club Tshirts now up for auction on eBay! These are the last 5 tshirts from the 2010 Liverpool Homecoming show and no more will be made. Proceeds of the auction will go towards our fundraising target. The link to them is here.
Bands confirmed so far include As I Lay Dying, Cathedral, 1349, Nevermore, Mayhem and many more. Check out the festival website http://brutalassault.cz/en/
For tickets please visit http://www.ticketportal.cz/podujatie_search.asp?id=127890
The festival will be 23rd and 24th July and takes place in London's Victoria Park.
If you missed the first High Voltage festival last year, here's some info about the event.
HV is the festival all true rock fans have been waiting for – custom built by rock fans for rock fans. The High Voltage team has been to every rock festival imaginable – taking what they have learned to build a festival unlike any other.
First of all there’s the music: Amazing headliners AND three unique stages specially curated to cater for different sides of the rock audience, and a brilliant supporting cast playing special must-see sets. Then there’s the festival itself. The facilities will be second to none: great food, proper beer, clean toilets and deluxe hospitality packages. This is somewhere you take the whole family.
High Voltage offers a new and unique festival experience for rock fans of all ages. Only High Voltage gives ticket buyers the freedom to design their own bespoke festival package – which can include accommodation, transport and VIP entertainment.
Tickets priced £99 (for weekend tickets) and £56.50 (for day tickets) – subject to booking fee. VIP tickets will be available at £105.00 for the day, £199.00 for the weekend – subject to booking fee. There will also be various VIP and hotel packages available, at varying price levels to suit.
Other artistes confirmed for the 2011 bill include:
DREAM THEATER - NEAL MORSE - CURVED AIR - THUNDER - QUEENSRYCHE - JUDAS PRIEST
MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP - SPOCK'S BEARD AND MANY OTHERS STILL TO BE ANNOUNCED!
Click here to go to the High Voltage website for more details
Tickets can be purchased through www.highvoltagefestival.com or ticketmaster HMV
Festival 24 hour ticket hotline: 0844 847 1708
The venue is Loreley Ampitheater, an open air ampitheater which is also a UNESCO world heritage site; more information can be found here:
Ticket links for the festival are now available from the tour page.
Other bands so far confirmed are Eloy, Riverside and IQ.
July 4 Rome, Ippodromo Capanelle
July 5 Verona, Villafranca Castle
On sale February 14th
Purchase your tickets in advance.
For the full list of shows visit our tour page.
Our superb support band North Atlantic Oscillation will be joining Anathema from Glasgow onwards.
See you on the road!
9th – 13th of June 2011
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See Danny and Anneke play their In Parallel show in January:
03.01.2010 Didimoteicho @ Nostos Bar, GREECE
04.01.2010 Serres @ Oneirou Odysseia, GREECE
05.01.2010 Athens @ An Club, GREECE
06.01.2010 Xanthi @ Chilli Bar, GREECE
07.01.2010 Thessaloniki @ Eightball Club, GREECE
09.01.2010 Larisa @ All Alive, GREECE
12.01.2010 Larnaca @ Barrel House, CYPRUS
More details can be found on Anneke's website.
It's official - ANATHEMA'S 'WE'RE HERE BECAUSE WE'RE HERE' has been voted Classic Rock's NUMBER ONE PROG ALBUM OF 2010!
This award ends 2010 on a massive high after an incredible year for the band. We've been on the road touring for most of the year, visiting new territories and playing old favourites. Press and reviews have been amazing and the support we've received from fans and the Industry alike has been solid as a rock. Our heartfelt thanks go out to you all and a special thank you to Jerry and team at Classic Rock for this award!
Next year is going to be yet another busy year, with a new album being recorded, more touring and festivals. But 2010 is not yet over....we have dates in Ireland next week and our homecoming show at the Cavern Club in Liverpool on 21st December. Tickets for these shows are on sale and links are on our tour page.
HOPE TO SEE YOU AT ONE OF THE SHOWS BEFORE CHRISTMAS!
Main support will be CLOVERSEEDS. Cloverseeds' music is filled with melancholy and atmospheric, guitar driven heaviness. Comparisons to such diverse atmospheric progressive rock bands as Riverside, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Tool, Porcupine Tree, Muse or Anathema aren't too far off, and should provide the listener with a good idea of what to expect from CLOVERSEEDS.
And due to popular demand, PETTER CARLSEN will also be opening the shows! Many of you saw him in Europe this autumn and emailed us asking whether he'd also be on the French dates....well, we hate to disappoint you! But remember, get down to the shows early otherwise you'll miss him!
We're thrilled that the NAO guys are joining us in the UK, and you'll love them! If you want to check them out before February, they are playing Friday December 2nd with ENGINEERS at Kings College Students Union, London. Tickets available from:
North Atlantic Oscillation's mini-site
North Atlantic Oscillation's MySpace
This is Anathema's first show in Liverpool since 1996 and the band have chosen to support Alder Hey's Imagine Appeal - proceeds of the concert will go to this fabulous local charity.
Tickets are £12.00 and available now from the Cavern Pub 0151 236 4041 and from Ticketmaster
On the night there will also be a LIVE AUCTION of ROCK N ROLL MEMORABILIA including SIGNED ANATHEMA MERCHANDISE and donations from other bands.
Doors open at 8.30pm.
More news to follow soon!!!!
‘A Fine Day To Exit’ – now December 13th
‘Natural Disaster’ – now January 17th
Pre order from Burning Shed via the Anathema Shop.
Check out all the festival announcements as they take place http://www.hellfest.fr
19/02 : Lille - Le Splendid
20/02 : Strasbourg - La Laiterie
21/02 : Lyon - Ninkasy
22/02 : Clermont Ferrand - Cooperative de Mai
23/02 : Toulouse - Bikini
24/02 : Bordeaux - Theatre Barbey
25/02 : Caen - Le Cargo
26/02 : Rouen - LE 106
27/02 : Rennes - L' Antipode
Tickets are on sale now from
Finally, Anathema want to clarify the situation regarding support bands. It has been brought to our attention that some websites are suggesting our friends Demians are playing these shows with us. To set the record straight, Demians are NOT playing shows with Anathema this year. Any website suggesting otherwise is unfortunately giving you inaccurate info.
All support band information will be posted on anathema.ws when it is available.
15th February @ Academy 3, MANCHESTER
17th February @ Scala, LONDON
Pre-sale from the 18th November, tickets on general sale on the 19th November
Go to Livenation for tickets
The first dates to be announced and on sale are:
10th February @ Glasgow, Cathouse
Ticketweb and See Tickets
11th February @ Sheffield, Academy 2
12th February @ Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
14th February @ Leamington, The Assembly
16th February @ Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms
Look out for more shows being added to the schedule very soon, plus details of our special guests!
The show in Vienna is on 17th Nov and we do hope that you will be able to see us there.
Tickets are available from Ticketweb and See Tickets
The show in Bucharest, Romania will now be held at THE SILVER CHURCH CLUB
The Silver Church Club
Calea Plevnei str. No 61
District 1, Bucharest, Romania
Their web page is: http://www.tscarena.ro/tsca/
The show in Sofia, Bulgaria has also moved (due to the venue roof falling in!) so this show will now be held at the majestic BULGARIA HALL in Sofia.
1, Aksakov Street,
Their website is http://sofiaphilharmonie.bg/htmls/bg/conc_complex.htm
Sorry for any inconvenience folks - but in true Anathema spirit, the shows will go on!
Burning Shed are now taking pre-orders for two limited edition Anathema albums. A FINE DAY TO EXIT and A NATURAL DISASTER are both being released by Peaceville on DECEMBER 6TH. Presented on gatefold heavyweight vinyl with protective PVC sleeve, these albums are limited to 2000 numbered copies, so PRE-ORDER by clicking on the Kcope Banner on our Anathema store page.
Petter's new single SPIRITS IN NEED is OUT NOW on iTUNES.
Check them out!
17 November @ Viper Room, Vienna, Austria
Ticket links coming soon!
Here is the info:
22 November @ Randall, Bratislava, Slovakia
23 November @ Exit Chmelnice, Prague, Czech Republic
The tour is going amazingly well so far - blogs coming soon after the end of week one!!
November 20 @ Blue Box Club, Sofia, Bulgaria
The ticket links for Sofia are www.ticketstream.bg www.eventim.bg
DECEMBER 17 @ AN CRUSCIAN LAN, CORK, IRELAND
Show will be on sale from 28th September directly from the venue and via www.tickets.ie
DECEMBER 18 @ THE VILLAGE, DUBLIN, IRELAND
Tickets will be on sale as of tomorrow from www.tickets.ie
We're delighted to announce that we're coming back to Romania, and will be playing:
NOVEMBER 19 @ ARENELE ROMANE, BUCHAREST, ROMANIA
Tickets are on sale now and we will add a ticket link to the tours page as soon as we have it for you.
The second show we're pleased to announce is in IRELAND!
DECEMBER 19 @ SPRING AND AIRBRAKE, BELFAST, N IRELAND
Tickets on sale soon from Ticketmaster!
More gig announcements coming soon.......
NOVEMBER 4 @ PENELOPE, MADRID, SPAIN
NOVEMBER 5 @ SALA Q, SEVILLE, SPAIN
NOVEMBER 6 @ EL TREN, GRANADA, SPAIN
NOVEMBER 7 @ SALAMANDRA 1, BARCELONA, SPAIN
Tickets will be on sale as of today at www.ticketmaster.es
18th November @ Diesel Club, Budapest, Hungary
On sale today at http://www.ticketportal.hu/podujatie_search.asp?ID=43699
16th November @ Listhalle, Graz, Austria
16th November @ Listhalle, Graz, Austria
Tickets will be on sale soon and we will add the ticket link to the tours page as soon as we have it.
15th November @ Boogaloo Club, Zagreb, Croatia
Tickets should be on sale now from:
9th November @ Rocking Chair, Vevey, CH
Tickets are on sale now from:
We had literally hundreds of entries for our design-a-tshirt competition and have been very impressed by some of the amazing creative skills we’ve seen. As you can imagine, it was very difficult to make a shortlist of potential winners. But there can only be one winner and we are delighted to announce that this is:
Bartosz Piekarniak from Ireland with the design entitled ENERGY.
Congratulations Bartosz - we will be in touch today with regard to starting the design process.
Thank you so much to everyone that entered the competition. We've had a great time judging the entries!
Looking forward to seeing you on our forthcoming tour - there will be more show announcements coming very soon.
2nd November, Teatro Tivoli, Lisbon, Portugal
3rd November, Hard Club, Porto, Portugal
Tickets are on sale from
From Alta, far up in Northern Norway, singer and music maker Petter Carlsen released his debut album “You Go Bird” in August 2009 which entered the charts at #14.
''Down to earth and melodic, Petter Carlsen delivers the best melancholic album of the year''
Beautifully atmospheric, his music has been identified by Anathema as something very special. Indeed, Danny Cavanagh states that ”once I heard Petter Carlsen's incredible voice and beautiful songwriting, as well as his warm personality, I always felt that he would be connected to and part of the inner circle of Anathema for a long time to come. Quite apart from being a great friend, he is one of the most talented musicians I have ever met in my life.”
Petter's reaction when we confirmed him on the tour clearly shows that the feeling is mutual:
“To be invited on this tour with Anathema is just fantastic. I’ve been a big fan for 16 years and all their albums from Eternity and on, have “moved in” to my CD-player. Their music is one of my greatest inspirations. It surely helped me get through some hard times as a teenager, trying to find my identity. Getting to know Danny and the whole band is such a motivation for me on all levels!”
Petter will be playing first on the bill on all shows between 24th September and 17th October. We all believe that he is a rising star and not to be missed. So, make sure you get to the show as doors first open - forget the pub on this occasion - come down and see for yourselves why we think Petter Carlsen will be a name you remember in the future.
ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN
24th September, Seinajoki
25th September, Oulu
26th September, Tampere
27th September, Helsinki
30th September, Oslo
1st October, Aarhus
2nd October, Berlin
3rd October, Warsaw
4th October, Krakow
6th October, Leipzig
7th October, Wurzburg
8th October, Erfurt
9th October, Bochum
10th October, Paris
11th October, Saarbrucken
12th October, Osnabruck
LONG DISTANCE CALLING
13th October, Zoetermeer
14th October, Eindhoven
15th October, Antwerp
16th October, Karlsruhe
17th October, Munich
For more info on these artistes please check out their websites.
One more announcement to come regarding support - watch this space!
11th November @ Estragon, Bologna, Italy
12th November @ Alpheus, Rome, Italy
13th November @ New Age, Treviso, Italy
14th November @ Magazzini Generali, Milan, Italy
Shows go on sale tomorrow August 24th
Hope to see you there!!
1st October, Train, Aarhus, Denmark.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased from www.ebillet.dk
Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
Tickets available from www.z-7.ch
New show dates will be posted regularly from now on, so keep a watchful eye on the website!
3rd October - Proxima Club, Warsaw
4th October - Studio Club, Krakow
Tickets from /www.rockserwis.pl
Look forward to seeing you there!!
Tickets can be purchased from all Instrument Garage branches, Achrafieh, Downtown and Tripoli.
The ticket phone number is +961 1 202 302.
Looking forward to an amazing show!!
Show is now on sale!
The band are giving you virtually free reign on what you design but Jamie had a few pointers on what the band is hoping to see in the winning shirt:
‘Something that is eye-catching and original. I like intricate clever design and symmetry, but also simple striking realistic stuff, so both extremes. What makes a good t-shirt to me is one which incorporates an image that is synonymous with the music, that’s cleverly thought through or skillfully designed. I’d like the design to work with a variety of different coloured t-shirts. Our fans are a talented bunch so I’m really excited to see how they interpret the design brief!’
So there you have it - and yes, I hear you….’what do I get in return?!’ Well, the prize is fabulous of course!
4 tickets for an Anathema show of your choice during the Autumn tour
Meet and Greet with Anathema for you and up to 3 other mates
Signed copy of ‘We’re Here Because We’re Here’ Special Edition
6 t-shirts in any sizes featuring your very own design!
HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
The design is for the FRONT of the shirt only.
The design must include the band’s logo, which is simply TIMES NEW ROMAN FONT (DOUBLE SPACED), like this: A N A T H E M A
You also need to include the words ‘We’re Here Because We’re Here’.
All submissions need to be received by midnight on August 26th.
Create your design in a 300 DPI Photoshop file but submit it as a 72 DPI .jpg.
If you create the winning entry you will be contacted for the 300 DPI Photoshop file so keep it safe!
Entries should be sent to this email address only email@example.com
Anathema will pick the winning design and the winner will be announced on the band’s website on 1st September.
Participating in this competition means you automatically sign over all copyrights to Anathema for the design(s) submitted.
You can enter more than one design.
Make sure you include your name, address and telephone number on your email submission.
You must be 18 years or older and photo ID may be required on request.
The band’s decision is final.
Our thanks to NJ events for working to achieve this show - we're very excited that we are finally able to perform in Tunisia after so many attempts, so here's to a great show!
Tickets are available from www.fnacspectacles.com and are on sale now!
Going to be a great show, hope to see many of you there!
October 2nd @ Columbia Club, Berlin, Germany
October 6th @ Anker, Leipzig, Germany
October 7th @ Posthalle, Wurzburg, Germany
October 8th @ Centrum, Erfurt, Germany
October 9th @ Matrix, Bochum, Germany
October 11th @ Garage, Saarbrucken, Germany
October 12th @ Lagerhalle, Osnabruck, Germany
October 15th @ Antwerp, Trix Hall, Belgium
October 16th @ Substage, Karlsruhe, Germany
October 17th @ Backstage Hall, Munich, Germany
TICKETS FOR GERMANY FROM http://www.target-concerts.de/
TICKETS FOR BELGIUM FROM www.biebob.be
More announcements coming soon!
Check out our tour page regularly from now on….
October 13th @ Boerderij, Zoetermeer
October 14th @ Effenaar, Eindhoven
Lots of show announcements to come over the next few days so keep checking our tour page for updates!
Oulu, Club Teatria
Tickets go on sale tomorrow http://www.livenation.fi/artist/anathema-tickets
Keep checking www.anathema.ws for updates as more dates will be added very soon.
Go to the K-Scope Records mini-site to order your copy and find out more info about the album, the artwork, song previews and free downloads. There's also a new in-depth video interview about the album with Danny.
Tickets are available from www.ticketmaster.es
June 11 @ Download Festival, Donington, Derby UK
June 16 @ Knust, Hamburg, Germany
June 17 @ Batschkapp, Frankfurt, Germany
June 19 @ Luxor, Cologne, Germany
June 25 @ Graspop Festival, Belgium
June 27 @ Sonisphere Festival, Bucharest, Romania
July 9 @ Sonisphere Festival, Madrid, Spain
July 14 @ Pistoia Blues Festival, Pistoia, Italy (with Porcupine Tree and North Atlantic Oscillation)
August 20 @ Summer Breeze Festival, Dinkelsbuehl, Germany
September 8 @ Principal Club, Salonica, Greece
September 9 @ Gazi Technopolis, Athens, Greece (with Porcupine Tree)
September 11 @ Ino Rock Festival, Inowroclaw, Poland (with Ozric Tentacles, Airbag and Votum)
For ticket info check out the tours page
It is with regret that we have to announce that Anathema's scheduled show in Hristo Botev Hall in Sofia, Bulgaria on May 6th has been cancelled. The promoter is in breach of contract and it is impossible for the show to go ahead. Some of you may be familiar with this story as this is not the first time that this promoter has let people down.
As always this decision was out of Anathema's hands. They were looking forward to their first gig in Bulgaria. The band wish to apologise to their Bulgarian audience. Vincent had this to say:
"It is a big disappointment for us. We've been waiting years for this opportunity to finally play in Bulgaria. I had a great feeling about that one. I was looking forward to sharing a new and unique experience over there but unfortunately it wasn't to be this time. We hope it will be possible to reschedule a Bulgarian gig to coincide with the European tour in the Autumn"
But, as one door closes, another one opensâ€¦ Anathema are very happy to announce that three dates have now been added to their Turkish tour at the beginning of May. The dates are:
4th May - Antalya, Genclik Senligi
5th May - Eskisehir, 222 Park
6th May - Bursa, Resimli
Also an extra date has been added to Anathema's trip to Russia:
16th May - Ekaterinburg - Teleclub
Tickets are on sale now.