Anathema (British alternative / progressive rock band)

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Anathema are a British rock band from Liverpool. The line-up consists of singers and guitarists Vincent and Daniel Cavanagh, their brother Jamie Cavanagh on bass, siblings John and Lee Douglas, respectively drummer and singer, and keyboardist Daniel Cardoso since November 2012.

The band was founded as Pagan Angel in 1990 by the three Cavanagh siblings, John, and singer Darren White, as a death/doom band. At the time White was the only singer of the band. The following year, Jamie left and was replaced by Duncan Patterson. Under this line-up, Anathema released their first EP, The Crestfallen (1992), and their first album, Serenades (1993). However, White left in 1995; Vincent decided to act as Anathema's vocalist in addition to his guitarist function in the albums The Silent Enigma (1995) and Eternity (1996), which were going into a more gothic metal direction.

In 1997, John left the band, and was replaced by Shaun Steels for the album Alternative 4 (1998). Both Patterson and Steels left the same year, replaced by Dave Pybus and a returning John Douglas, while former My Dying Bride keyboardist and violinist Martin Powell also joined the band (Daniel Cavanagh was also acting as the band's only keyboardist, and shared this position since). The only album released with this line-up was Judgement (1999): the same year Powell switched positions with Cradle of Filth's keyboardist Les Smith who joined Anathema, and Lee Douglas, John's sister, was added to the line-up as a backing and occasional lead vocalist.

The band released their sixth album A Fine Day to Exit in 2001, turning to an alternative sound. Shortly after the release, Pybus announced his departure and was replaced by the band's original bassist, Jamie Cavanagh, reuniting the three brothers in the band for the first time since 1991. There were no new members for the next ten years, with the albums A Natural Disaster (2003) and We're Here Because We're Here (2010) all being recorded and released by the same line-up, with the sound turning even more towards progressive rock; however, Daniel Cavanagh left Anathema in 2002 to join Antimatter, returning in 2003. Smith left Anathema in 2011, and Vincent and Daniel both assumed the function of keyboardist for the band's ninth album, Weather Systems, in 2012. The same year, Cardoso, the band's live keyboardist since 2011, joined as a full-time member.

The band's tenth studio album called Distant Satellites was released on 9 June 2014 via Kscope.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1993 Serenades 4 6
1995 The Silent Enigma 5 11
1996 Eternity 4.45 8
1998 Alternative 4 5 8
1999 Judgement 4.75 8
2001 A Fine Day to Exit 4.25 7
2003 A Natural Disaster 4.4 7
2008 Hindsight 4.6 3
2010 We’re Here Because We’re Here 5 7
2011 Falling Deeper 4.5 3
2012 Weather Systems 5 9
2014 Distant Satellites 4 3
2017 The Optimist 4 5

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1995 Serenades / The Crestfallen EP 4 1
2001 Resonance 4 3
2002 Resonance 2 4 1
2011 Original Album Classics 1
2015 Resonance 1 & 2 1
2015 Fine Days: 1999–2004 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2004 Were You There? 1
2006 A Moment in Time 4 1
2013 Universal (aka "Untouchable") 4 5
2015 A Sort of Homecoming 5 2


Year Title RatingReleases
1992 They Die / Crestfallen 4 1
2010 Everything 1
2011 Dreaming Light 1
2012 Untouchable, Part 1 1
2012 The Beginning and the End 1
2014 The Lost Song, Part 3 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1992 The Crestfallen EP 4 1
1994 We Are the Bible 1
1995 Pentecost III 4 2
2001 The Crestfallen EP / Pentecost III 4.65 3
2014 Untouchable 1

Other + Demo

Year Title RatingReleases
1990 An Iliad of Woes 3 1
1991 All Faith Is Lost 3 1

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