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Old February 1st, 2012, 10:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anathema - Weather Systems

Anathema return April 16, 2012 with Weather Systems, their brand new studio album.

Weather Systems is the follow-up 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 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 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 five 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 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.’ Steven Wilson co-produced it as well!!

The band will be touring Europe in April and May to promote the new album.

Tracklist:

01. Untouchable, part 1
02. Untouchable, part 2
03. The Gathering Of The Clouds
04. Lightning Song
05. Sunlight
06. The Storm Before The Calm
07. The Beginning And The End
08. The Lost Child
09. Internal Landscapes




OHHH YEAAAHHHHH! WHBWH is one of my favorite albums of all time and the use of increased female vocals will be phenomenal!!!

Also looking forward to (hopefully) another digibook with a 5.1 DVD mixed by Steven Wilson!

Only downside is that it is only 9 songs. Oh well, bet they are phenomenal regardless!!!!!
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Old February 2nd, 2012, 12:27 AM   #2 (permalink)
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This is, without doubt, excellent news! And yes, I'm sure they'll release a 5.1 DVD.

I really have high expectations of this, I wonder what direction it'll take? The style does seem similar to FD (judging by the cover).
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Old February 2nd, 2012, 01:57 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah this will be interesting.
Weird cover (and "out of focus" up to the left?) and weird title.
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Old February 2nd, 2012, 06:31 AM   #4 (permalink)
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WHBWH was superb but Falling Deeper I thought was underwhelming. I'm sure this album will be superb as well!
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Old February 2nd, 2012, 09:30 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I will be getting this.
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WHBWH took a long time and they released 3 tracks in advance thru their website so it wasn't as surprising, but I loved it anyway and had heavy rotation, so yeah Im looking forward to this :3
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Old February 15th, 2012, 03:10 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Wow!! That was beyond my expectations!!!!!
This is one of the best things they have written in a while imo.
Guitars! I hear guitars again! Dannys magic solos are back! More of this!
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Album of the the year will be between this and the new Katatonia.
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Old February 16th, 2012, 03:38 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I'd like to believe the "real" Anathema is back. And while this song has grown on me throughout the day, and had initially provided me with a sliver of hope, upon reading that Lee's vocals will be more present on this album has killed all hope.
Oh why?! The Lee-hysteria needs to stop.
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mmyes indeed.. those vocs are a small icing. no need for them to take over. haven't checked the song, waiting for the full album. comments look promising though
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Lee does nothing but add to the music. Parisienne Moonlight anyone? Everything? Her voice mixes perfectly with Cavanaghs! She's an amazing singer.
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Old February 16th, 2012, 07:23 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Album of the the year will be between this and the new Katatonia.
what he said...and throw OSI in there...
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Like stefan said, shes icing on the cake for the calmer songs. I agree shes a fantastic singer. But more Lee means less power and fewer tracks like The Beginning and the End.

On another note... Lees version of Everwake is not even close to the original with Ruth Wilson.
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And The Gathering.

Really liked the new song; wonderful piano melodies!
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FUCK!!fucking awesome track!! finally they do what they do best!
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I have bad feeling this is the only awesome track on the album.
The rest will be symphonic/orchestrated soundscapes with Lee all over the place.
No Im not pessimistic at all!
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brilliant. especially liked the sustainer pickup solo
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There's a perfectly good reason why you won't find uplifting in the dictionary under synonyms for anathema. What I'm really trying to say is, more "Beginning and the End" and less WHBWH b-side, please.
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Like stefan said, shes icing on the cake for the calmer songs. I agree shes a fantastic singer. But more Lee means less power and fewer tracks like The Beginning and the End.

On another note... Lees version of Everwake is not even close to the original with Ruth Wilson.

That's not Lee, that's Anneke van Giersbergen. If you mean the version on Falling Deeper.
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Old March 12th, 2012, 01:09 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Oh, my bad!

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There's a perfectly good reason why you won't find uplifting in the dictionary under synonyms for anathema. What I'm really trying to say is, more "Beginning and the End" and less WHBWH b-side, please.
Indeed, sadly Beginning and the End is probably the only track in that style, Im afraid the rest will be kind of meh and even boring, just like WHBWH.

Untouchable, Part 1 is not very good imo.
I wish they would add more twists to their songs again.
Nowdays I feel like 95% or their songs has one riff and they just add new layers every 30 secs and then its finished, gets boring really fast.
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