In the twenty-first century, Anathema have often been mentioned in the same breath as Opeth and Porcupine Tree due to their increased movement towards thoughtful progressive rock structures. It hasn’t always been that way, of course. Like Opeth, the band began life as a totally different musical beast, playing in a melodic death metal style. Shifting line-ups naturally resulted in shifting sounds, and by the time the band signed with the legendary Music For Nations label for their fifth album ‘Judgement’ in 1999, they’d settled on a rather tough but accessible blend of gothy and alternative rock.
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Music For Nations is BACK! / Anathema reissues
Legendary independent metal label Music For Nations – once home to many a great band throughout the 80s and early 90s – has returned. The label, once home to Anthrax, Mercyful Fate, Mindfunk, Tyketto, Hed(pe), Godflesh, Exodus and countless others folded in 2004, but has just been relaunched.
Anathema: UK tour dates
As part of the promotion for their well-received 2014 release ‘Distant Satellites’, UK proggers Anathema have a short run of live dates over the horizon.
The band will be appearing at these venues in September: