Anathema, Weather Systems, 2012
Truth be told, I do not write a post about every album that I listen to. Not only because I am already way behind (waaayyyyy behind actually), but also because to me it is important to write honest and still maintain a respectful attitude to the artists involved. What many of you may not realize, no matter what I or you think or feel about a release, for the artist in question it is probably the most important thing happening in their life at the moment, so they rightfully deserve full attention. And the music I love listening to often takes time to digest well.
So having said that, I put this 2012 release of Anathema in my player without much thought, expecting it to be just another fine album. So it was kind of a blow when I first heard the track Lightning Song, sung by Lee Douglas. I find myself stunned by the beauty of this song. Maybe because the opening trio of Untouchables (part 1 and 2) and The Gathering Of The Clouds provide the right atmosphere, but I was very touched by track 4. Beautiful opening sequence, and when the band set loose, it only adds great depths to the overall impact. In my ears that song alone justifies the money for this CD! And the rest is almost as good…
Anathema have come a long way since they hit the scene, and it seems they are only getting better with every release. Constantly developing their brand of progressive rock can only be described as warm, emotional and high class. Please go listen if you are not familiar with them! Mandatory.