The prestigious Roadburn Festival is an extra pumped adventure into the sonic catacombs of the underground of stoner/doom metal from both known and truly unknown acts. The 2015 line-up once again offered a wide range of metal/rock and other torturing sonic pleasures. As usual, there is always a curator picking bands to play at Roadburn. The two curators being Ivar Bjornson from Enslaved and Einar Selvik from Wardruna had been recruited to create the event for their own tastes under the moniker “House Of The Holistic”. Even though these Norwegians navigated the curator roles in the finest possible way, the fourth day has been named “Afterburner” being one kind of After Party type of day. Anathema had been booked to headline that day. Well, some people may cite it as a boring act and way to conclude the four-day event, but wait, the big surprise is on the way in the article. Approximately 2500 people had arrived to enjoy the art and the music at Roadburn in various forms.
There is a lot to be said about a band by the choice of venue, and here the Koko seems to be the perfect one for the British progressive outfit, Anathema to be in. With its dramatically pleasing high balconies and theatrical interior the venue harmonises with the bands uplifting, passion fueled and refreshing sound.
Meeting a musical idol can be quite a daunting task, however if they are as humble and more importantly as down to earth as Danny Cavanagh, whose enthusiastic personality is one that can put you at ease straight away.
The Energetic front man and founding member of the Liverpool quintet, brings a whole breath of talent with him, ranging from early works such as; The Silent Enigma , A fine day to exit  and more recently Weather Systems .
It’s no wonder that talk quickly turns to the newest album released on the 9th June 2014 – Distant Satellites.
ENGLAND – The UK’s heralded rock group, Anathema, has launched a clip of “Universal,” the title track from its new live Blu-ray, out now on Kscope. Check out the “Universal” clip on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/6oc4HgczbY0.
Live Blu-ray “Universal” out September 17 via Kscope
NEW YORK – Anathema has announced its most extensive North American tour in the band’s celebrated career with co-headliner Alcest and special guest Mamiffer. Anathema has only performed twice as a full band in North America at the infamous Milwaukee Metal Fest in 2000 and 2001, as well as supporting a few dates of Blackfield’s 2011 tour as an acoustic duo. The fall 2013 co-headlining tour has the band visiting many cities in both the U.S. and Canada for the first time, beginning September 12 in Philadelphia, Pa.
Seriously, how can you introduce Devin Townsend? Multi-instrumentalist? Producer? Legend of rock n’ roll theatrics? Whatever your choice, there’s definitely something other-worldly about him, and tonight we’re in Soho’s Borderline for the first of two ‘sell-out’ unplugged ’dos on his latest venture, for those lucky – or internet-savvy – enough to acquire tickets! Read the rest of this entry »
Today sees the US release of Anathema‘s ninth studio album, Weather Systems via The End Records. The album was recorded in Liverpool, North Wales and Oslo, each place significant to Anathema past, present and future. The record was produced by band members Vincent Cavanagh and Daniel Cavanagh, as well as Christer-André Cederberg.
Weather Systems is the follow-up to 2010’s critically acclaimed We’re Here Because We’re Here, which producer Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), has described as ”definitely among the best albums I’ve ever had the pleasure to work on. Daniel Cavanagh (lead guitarist) is certain that the album will exceed the lofty expectations, stating, “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.”
It was another bitter night for those traveling to the lofty heights of The Scala this evening. Massive queues were forming and the touts were out in force for this sold out event. Anathema with support from North Atlantic Oscillation!
Rockpages.gr: How would you describe the sound of the new album, comparing to what you’ve done so far. It might sound a bit more mainstream than you previous works, some might say…
Daniel Cavanagh: Mainstream is not a word that I ever use. It’s not in my musical vocabulary if you like. I don’t really know what mainstream means or anything. All I know is that it sounds like I wanted it to. It sounds beautiful, full of light, expansive, and heavy, and intense, passionate, and emotional, deep, and real, and honest, but mainstream? I don’t know!
Rockpages.gr: The album is called “We’re Here Because We’re Here”, and that is the song title for a tune the soldiers used to sing in World War I. why did you chose this album title?
Daniel Cavanagh: World War I seems to me like a useless exercise. Those boys were walking into bullets, and there was craziness, there was chaos. It was insanity on a global scale; it was the first time the world has seen such destruction. And there was no real reason for it. The guys in the field knew there was no real reason. There was no reason for them to be there. So, they were singing “We’re Heer, Because We’re Here”, because it was their defiance, it was their song of defiance.