Formed in the summer of 1990 in Liverpool (also home to THE BEATLES), by Daniel Cavanagh (guitarist). Their original line-up was: Darren White (vocals), Vincent Cavanagh (guitars), Daniel Cavanagh (guitars), Jamie Cavanagh (bass), and John Dougals (percussion), under the moniker PAGAN ANGEL. Since then, there's been too many line-up changes to mention here, although Vincent, Daniel, and John have all maintained status in the band, except Daniel briefly in 2002 (click on the album's for more line-up information). They would release one demo and then change their name to ANATHEMA. They released two more demo's and then were discovered by Hammy of Peaceville Records, who signed them. They went on to be the most overlooked gem of the '90's. Starting as romantic doom metal ("The Crestfallen", "Serenades", and "The Silent Enigma"), and then transitioning into an avant-garde experimental force. Each album bears evidence of progression. The vocals are always improving and becoming even more poignant, accenting the music and lyrics (which this band are probably the best lyricist's out there). "Eternity" was sort of a transitional album for them, somewhat abandoning the guttural cries of despondency and replacing that with Vincent Cavanagh's beautiful singing voice. Their influences range from PINK FLOYD to The BEATLES to RADIOHEAD. The future for ANATHEMA is promising because they are the future.
"The Cresfallen" and "Serenades" are mainly attracted by doom metal fans because of the pace of the music and Darren White's moody vocals. "Pentecost III" showed the band exploring long escapades into realms not traveled by any band in their genre. Also being the last release to feature Darren White on vocals. "The Silent Enigma" is a monumental album, blending beauty and despair, poetically. "Eternity" was the transitional album, where they explored the vast expanse of space (a la PINK FLOYD). "Alternative 4" and "Judgement" were both excellent editions to their catalogue, but lacking the experimentation of the next two albums. "A Fine Day to Exit" was a large step into various different soundscapes. It was followed by "A Natural Disaster," where they achieved a sound completely their own, surpassing even RADIOHEAD, with their absolute exploration of the unknown. "We're Here Because We're Here" was released in 2010 and continued to show signs of progression of the band's sound.
THE DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT "Meet N Greet" (Full Band) Nov.10
Oct. 13, 2014
As part of the "SCRAPE records 17th Anniversary Celebrations"
With much thanks to our friends at Northern Music & E1 Canada we are violently pleased to announce...
The Devin Townsend Project (Full Band) will be holding a special "Meet N Greet / Signing Session" at SCRAPE Monday Nov.10 from 7.00pm - 8.30pm, the night before the release of their new album "Z2"
Front-of-the-Line privileges will be available to those who pre-order any version(s) of "Z2" in advance at SCRAPE. We can do this in person or over the phone (604.877.1676)
"Z2" 3CD version pre-pay before Nov.10 for ONLY $14.99
"Z2" 4LP + 2CD Box Set pre-pay before Nov.10 for ONLY $59.99
SCRAPE records "17th Anniversary Celebrations"
Aug. 13, 2014
We are thrilled to bring you a show to help celebrate our 17 years of existence...on sale now...
SANCTUARY (Feat: Warrel Dane & Jim Sheppard ex-Nevermore) w/ THE PEOPLE NOW - The Rickshaw Theatre - Saturday November.15 - $24
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 7:00 PM PST / doors @ 07:00 PM
Sanctuary with The People Now / guests
at The Rickshaw Theatre - Vancouver,BC
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