Anathema, Weather Systems, 2012

Anathema - Weather SystemsTruth 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.


Anathema, A Natural Disaster, 2006

anathema - a natural disasterAfter Judgement (1999) I kind of lost touch with Anathema. Nothing intentional, it just happened. So I was curious to hear how the band has developed since. I did read the music sounded less and less like metal, but proof had to be provided.

And proof this is. A Natural Disaster sounds like a whole other band actually. But is that a problem? No, not really.
This Anathema sounds very mature. When describing their current sound, words like majestic, solemn, refined or sophisticated come to mind. But that is not to say they don´t rock out any more. Rock is still part of the arrangements, though only when it adds to the picture. But truth be told, this has very little to do with metal anymore.

Opener Harmonium is an example of a sophisticated and solemn track, while following number Balance has some more rocking moments towards the end of it and is more up beat overall. Next song Closer also moves at a quicker pace, but is still refined in it´s approach. Though again the distorted guitars slowly take over from the keyboards and then sink back again. I notice that themes are repeated quite a lot, resulting in a spellbinding groove.

So what we have here is a lovely album that shows a lot of emotion and feel in the projection of the songs. Class A stuff that deserves your attention.