Music / Anathema

Anathema is an English band who, along with Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride, rounded out the "Peaceville Three" and served as Trope Makers for both Death/Doom and Gothic Metal. Their later stuff moved away from both genres and towards a form of atmospheric rock, with influences from Goth Rock and Progressive Rock.

They formed in 1990 as Pagan Angel, releasing the demo An Iliad of Woes before changing to the current band name. In 1995, vocalist Darren White left the band; rather than find a replacement vocalist, the band appointed guitarist Vincent Cavanagh as vocalist, eventually leading to the Genre Shift.

Current lineup:
  • Vincent Cavanagh (lead vocals, guitar)
  • Daniel Cavanagh (guitar, vocals, keyboards)
  • Daniel Cardoso (keyboards, live)
  • Jamie Cavanagh (bass)
  • John Douglas (drums)
  • Lee Douglas (additional vocals)

Former members:
  • Darren White (vocals)
  • Duncan Patterson (bass, keyboards)
  • Shaun Taylor-Steels (drums)
  • Martin Powell (keyboards, violin)
  • Dave Pybus (bass)
  • Les Smith (Keyboards)

Studio albums:
  • Serenades (1993)
  • The Silent Enigma (1995)
  • Eternity (1996)
  • Alternative 4 (1998)
  • Judgement (1999)
  • A Fine Day to Exit (2001)
  • A Natural Disaster (2003)
  • We're Here Because We're Here (2010)
  • Weather Systems (2012)
  • Distant Satellites (2014)

Anathema provides the following trope examples:

  • Death Metal / Doom Metal: Early material.
  • Epic Rocking: A fair amount of their material, though they don't abuse this trope as much as other doom bands.
  • Genre Shift: Death/doom to atmospheric rock.
  • Gothic Metal: Some of the band's early material (particularly Serenades) served as a large influence on the gothic metal genre.
  • Lighter and Softer: Eternity and We're Here Because We're Here are much lighter than the albums that preceded them.
  • New Sound Album: Twice, at least. First, Eternity dropped the growling and moved towards a more alternative/atmospheric rock sound (though it still retained a lot of the doom metal alements of the earlier two albums). Judgement and especially A Fine Day To Exit are often seen as the turning point where the metal was largely dropped from their sound. We're Here Because We're Here introduced a bunch of New Prog influences, and represented a Lighter and Softer Tone Shift to a more optimistic sound for the band. Distant Satellites is darker than the two albums preceding it, but not as bleak as the pre-2010 material. It also substantially increases the electronic elements with the title track being closer to electronica than any kind of rock music.
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Early stuff is 7-9, later stuff is 2-6.
  • Unplugged Version: Hindsight features quieter, acoustic guitar and piano driven arrangements of some of the band's older songs.
  • Uncommon Time: Frequently in each album since the release of We're Here Because We're Here and not unheard of before that.