Origin: England  
Genres: Doomdeath
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Last update/review: June 17, 2017

Anathema

As one of the three British bands that popularized doomdeath in the early nineties, Anathema has come a long way indeed. The trio of Anathema, My Dying Bride, and Paradise Lost all played a similar style in their early careers, but have since diverged, with My Dying Bride sticking the closest to the original style, Paradise Lost wandering into more radio-accessible territory, and Anathema more or less taking the middle road. By the time of 1999's Judgment Anathema was less a doomdeath band and more a dark metal band, with mostly clean vocals but retaining some of the brooding, heavy riffing of the past. The succeeding albums have seen the band striking out into new territory, with A Natural Disaster almost completely non-metal of any kind, instead adopting a serene, ambient, introspective rock style (others have noted similarities to Radiohead and Pink Floyd). On its own merits, it's a beautiful album, though certainly those who only know the band from the Serenades days would be more than a little surprised with this new direction.

Current Members

Lee Douglas

vocals

Vincent Cavanagh

vocals/guitars

Daniel Cavanagh

lead guitar (ex-Lid)

Jamie Cavanagh

bass

Daniel Cardoso

keyboards (ex-Head Control System, ex-Sirius, Vertigo Steps)

John Douglas

drums

Former Members/Guests

Darren White

vocals (ex-The Blood Divine)

Duncan Patterson

bass

Dave Pybus

bass (ex-Angtoria, ex-Cradle Of Filth)

Christer-André Cederberg (guest)

keyboards

Les Smith

keyboards (ex-Cradle Of Filth)

Shaun Taylor-Steels

drums (guest for Darkher, ex-My Dying Bride, ex-Solstice)

Martin Powell

keyboards/violin (ex-Cradle Of Filth, ex-My Dying Bride)



Discography



The Crestfallen  EP
1992 Peaceville
  1. ...And I Lust
  2. The Sweet Suffering
  3. Everwake
  4. Crestfallen
  5. They Die
  • Darren White
  • Vincent Cavanagh
  • Daniel Cavanagh
  • Duncan Patterson
  • John Douglas
1992 Readers' Album #62




Serenades  
1993 Peaceville
  1. Lovelorn Rhapsody
  2. Sweet Tears
  3. J'ai Fait une Promesse
  4. They (will always) Die
  5. Sleepless
  6. Sleep in Sanity
  7. Scars of the Old Stream
  8. Under a Veil (of Black Lace)
  9. Where Shadows Dance
  10. Dreaming: The Romance (CD bonus track)
  • Darren White
  • Vincent Cavanagh
  • Daniel Cavanagh
  • Duncan Patterson
  • John Douglas
1993 Readers' Album #26




Pentecost III  
1995 Peaceville
  1. Kingdom
  2. Mine is Yours To Drown In (Ours Is the New Tribe)
  3. We, The Gods
  4. Pentecost III
  5. Memento Mori
  • Darren White
  • Vincent Cavanagh
  • Daniel Cavanagh
  • Duncan Patterson
  • John Douglas



The Silent Enigma  
1995 Peaceville
  1. Restless Oblivion
  2. Shroud of Frost
  3. ...Alone
  4. Sunset of the Age
  5. Nocturnal Emission
  6. Cerulean Twilight
  7. The Silent Enigma
  8. A Dying Wish
  9. Black Orchid
  • Vincent Cavanagh
  • Daniel Cavanagh
  • Duncan Patterson
  • John Douglas
1995 Readers' Album #18




Eternity  
1996 Peaceville
  1. Sentient
  2. Angelica
  3. The Beloved
  4. Eternity Part I
  5. Eternity Part II
  6. Hope
  7. Suicide Veil
  8. Radiance
  9. Far Away
  10. Eternity Part III
  11. Cries on the Wind
  12. Ascension
  • Vincent Cavanagh
  • Daniel Cavanagh
  • Duncan Patterson
  • John Douglas
1996 Readers' Album #18




Alternative 4  
1998 Peaceville
  1. Shroud of False
  2. Fragile Dreams
  3. Empty
  4. Lost Control
  5. Re-connect
  6. Inner Silence
  7. Alternative 4
  8. Regret
  9. Feel
  10. Destiny
  • Vincent Cavanagh
  • Daniel Cavanagh
  • Duncan Patterson
  • Shaun Taylor-Steels
1998 Readers' Album #16




Judgement  
1999 Peaceville
  1. Deep
  2. Pitiless
  3. Forgotten Hopes
  4. Destiny Is Dead
  5. One Last Goodbye
  6. Make It Right (F.F.S.)
  7. Parisienne Moonlight
  8. Don't Look too Far
  9. Emotional Winter
  10. Wings of God
  11. Judgement
  12. Anyone, Anywhere
  13. 2000 & Gone
  • Vincent Cavanagh
  • Daniel Cavanagh
  • Dave Pybus
  • John Douglas
1999 Readers' Album #14




Resonance  COMPILATION
2001 Peaceville
  1. Scars of the Old Stream
  2. Everwake
  3. J'fait Une Promesse
  4. Alone
  5. Far Away (acoustic)
  6. Eternoty (part 2)
  7. Eternity (part 3) (acoustic)
  8. Better Off Dead
  9. One of the Few
  10. Inner Silence
  11. Goodbye Cruel World
  12. Destiny
  13. The Silent Enigma (orchestral)
  14. Angelica (live Budapest 1997)
  15. Horses



A Fine Day To Exit  
2001 Music For Nations
  1. Pressure
  2. Release
  3. Looking Outside Inside
  4. Leave No Trace
  5. Underworld
  6. Barriers
  7. Panic
  8. A Fine Day To Exit
  9. Temporary Peace
  • Vincent Cavanagh
  • Daniel Cavanagh
  • Dave Pybus
  • Les Smith
  • John Douglas



Resonance 2  COMPILATION
2002 Peaceville
  1. Lovelorn Rhapsody
  2. Sweet Tears
  3. Sleepless '96
  4. Eternal Rise Of The Sun
  5. Sunset Of Age
  6. Nocturnal Emission
  7. A Dying Wish
  8. Hope
  9. Cries In The Wind
  10. Fragile Dreams
  11. Empty
  12. Nailed To The Cross / 666



A Natural Disaster  
2003 Music For Nations
  1. Harmonium
  2. Balance
  3. Closer
  4. Are You There?
  5. Childhood Dream
  6. Pulled Under
  7. A Natural Disaster
  8. Flying
  9. Electricity
  10. Violence
  • Vincent Cavanagh
  • Daniel Cavanagh
  • Jamie Cavanagh
  • Les Smith
  • John Douglas
2003 Readers' Album #54




Were You There?  VIDEO
2004 Music For Nations



A Moment In Time  VIDEO
2006 Metal Mind



Hindsight  
2008
  1. Fragile Dreams
  2. Leave No Trace
  3. Inner Silence
  4. One Last Goodbye
  5. Are You There?
  6. Angelica
  7. A Natural Disaster
  8. Temporary Peace
  9. Flying
  10. Unchained (Tales of the Unexpected)
  • Vincent Cavanagh
  • Daniel Cavanagh
  • Jamie Cavanagh
  • Les Smith
  • John Douglas
2008 Readers' Album #78




We're Here Because We're Here  
2010 Kscope
  1. Thin Air
  2. Summernight Horizon
  3. Dreaming Light
  4. Everything
  5. Angels Walk Among Us
  6. Presence
  7. A Simple Mistake
  8. Get Off, Get Out
  9. Universal
  10. Hindsight
  • Vincent Cavanagh
  • Daniel Cavanagh
  • Jamie Cavanagh
  • Les Smith
  • John Douglas
2010 Readers' Album #24




Falling Deeper  COMPILATION
2011 Kscope
  1. Crestfallen
  2. Sleep In Sanity
  3. Kingdom
  4. They Die
  5. Everwake
  6. I Made A Promise (J’ai Fait Une Promesse)
  7. Alone
  8. We The Gods
  9. Sunset of Age



Weather Systems  
2012 The End
  1. Untouchable, Part 1
  2. Untouchable, Part 2
  3. The Gathering Of The Clouds
  4. Lightning Song
  5. Sunlight
  6. The Storm Before The Calm
  7. The Beginning And The End
  8. The Lost Child
  9. Internal Landscapes
  • Vincent Cavanagh
  • Daniel Cavanagh
  • Jamie Cavanagh
  • Les Smith
  • John Douglas
2012 Readers' Album #14




Untouchable  LIVE
2013 Kscope
  1. Untouchable Part 1
  2. Untouchable Part 2
  3. Thin Air
  4. Dreaming Light
  5. Everything
  6. The Storm Before the Calm
  7. A Simple Mistake
  8. The Beginning and the End
  9. Universal
  10. Closer
  11. A Natural Disaster
  12. Flying
  13. f/tracks//anat-f
  14. The Lost Song (Part 1)
  15. The Lost Song (Part 2)
  16. Dusk (Dark Is Descending)
  17. Ariel
  18. The Lost Song (Part 3)
  19. Anathema
  20. You're Not Alone
  21. Firelight
  22. Distant Satellites
  23. Take Shelter
  24. f/tracks//anat-g
  25. 63N 14W
  26. Leaving It Behind
  27. Endless Ways
  28. The Optimist
  29. San Francisco
  30. Springfield
  31. Ghosts
  32. Can't Let Go
  33. Close Your Eyes
  34. Wildfires
  35. Back to the Start
2013 Readers' Album #98




Untouchable  EP
2014 Kscope
  • Lee Douglas
  • Vincent Cavanagh
  • Daniel Cavanagh
  • Jamie Cavanagh
  • Daniel Cardoso
  • John Douglas



Distant Satellites  
2014 Kscope
  • Lee Douglas
  • Vincent Cavanagh
  • Daniel Cavanagh
  • Christer-André Cederberg
  • Daniel Cardoso
  • John Douglas



The Optimist  
2017 Kscope
  • Lee Douglas
  • Vincent Cavanagh
  • Daniel Cavanagh
  • Jamie Cavanagh
  • Daniel Cardoso
  • John Douglas




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