We’re starting something new here at Thrash Hits. We’ve asked some of our favourite writers to put together some monthly columns, focussing in on the genres they’re most passionate about. We’re kicking off this new series with David Keevill taking on what’s been going on in Prog over the last month or so. Take it away, David….
There is more than one artist with the name Anathema.
1) Anathema is a band from Liverpool, England, UK primarily known as one of the pioneering and leading death doom metal acts, incorporating growling, poetic lyrics and complex arrangements into the traditional doom riffage. Later in their career, beginning with "Eternity", they moved away from this sound into more melodic, atmospheric rock.
Anathema formed in 1990 as a doom metal band, initially under the name Pagan Angel. Read more on Last.fm
Anathema on Thrash Hits
September 30th, 2014
It takes talent and force of will for a band to change direction as solidly and successfully as Anathema have done. The last half-decade has seen the band truly shrug off their heavier, more goth-metal roots, becoming trailblazers in the UK prog scene. We sent Cheryl Carter along to the London date of their most recent tour to marvel at Anathema’s enduring appeal.
6 things we learnt while watching Anathema in London:
June 9th, 2014
We like to think we’re pretty strict when it comes to giving out full-marks reviews here at Thrash Hits. Sure, we make the odd mistake, and we do leave it to our individual writers to come up with their own scores, but if we give something 6 out of 6, it’s a good sign that the record in question is worth you time. Our choice for If You Buy One Thing This Week is one of those records that got a Thrash Hits perfect score: distant satellites by Anathema.
June 2nd, 2014
09 June 2014
Anathema’s rise as one of England’s premier rock bands has been a long time in its inception with the Liverpudlian group shifting their initial doomed, death metal sound into one that is completely at odds with their first forays into music. The Anathema of today is a band that creates uplifting, soulful landscapes of sound – sounds that bare pure emotion in their presentation and effect. 2012’s Weather Systems was a journey of bittersweet sentiment and this year distant satellites moves even further into the realms of discovery.
December 18th, 2013
This year, the UK’s – and in all probability, probably the world’s – best experimental/post-progressive/whatever-you-want-to-call-it label, KScope, turned five years old. That’s how old Thrash Hits is. They’ve put out a whole heap of awesome records by musicians we collectively love – the likes of Anathema, Amplifier, and Steven Wilson. They’re a bona fide success story and you really ought to be more aware of what they get up to. That’s why we’ve caught up with label bossman, Johnny Wilks, to talk about the highs and lows of running the label in the latest entry in our Label Profile series.
Interview: Vincent Cavanagh from Anathema on Weather Systems, subterranean recording, and on what’s so special about KSCOPE
April 26th, 2012
Last week, long-running gothicly-tinged progsters, Anathema, released Weather Systems, the highly-anticipated follow-up to 2010’s critical smash, We’re Here Because We’re Here. This gave us the perfect excuse to give the band’s frontman, Vincent Cavanagh, a call, and hope that our resident Anathema fanboy, Hugh Platt, wouldn’t get so excited that he’d forget all his carefully researched questions.
January 24th, 2012
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October 6th, 2011
When Kscope announced ‘A Night At The Union Chapel’ we knew it was going to be something truly special. Over the past few years this record label have been putting out some of the finest progressive music around, from Steven Wilson’s solo work to Ulver. Tonight’s one-off showcase features some of their finest talent performing stripped-down sets in an intimate setting. Who else could we send to review it than Amit Sharma?
March 15th, 2011
Just before we saw Anathema live in London at King’s Cross Scala, we caught up with the Liverpudlian Goth-turned-Prog rockers for a chat about stuff. Lead guitarist and songwriter, Daniel Cavanagh was the one who sat down with Amit Sharma to chat in-depth about all sorts from their latest album, We’re Because We’re Here to future plans.
March 1st, 2011
We’re big fans of UK prog metallers, TesseracT. One night, we were out with their guitarist, James Monteith, dousing our insides with whiskey and we thought he had as much crap to say as we do so we asked him if he’d write a column. After we reminded him the next morning afternoon, he agreed again. Here it is. He’s kicking off with explanations, complaints and shit jokes. Class.
Hello, I’m James and I play guitar in prog metal – or as we’re more commonly called – “djent” band Tesseract.
First off, let’s get the djent thing out of the way, which I guess I must address, given the column name. There’s a lot of division in our community of bands and critics about this word, whether it’s: truely representative of the overall sound; a gimmick, or just plain stupid.