tempobet yeni adresi
like this cd review

26/06/2012 : ANATHEMA - Weather Systems

ANATHEMA

Weather Systems

MusicCD
MetalProg

[90/100]   
26/06/2012, Philippe BLACKMARQUIS

A ray of sunshine...

I must admit I was expecting this new album with some apprehension. "We're Here Because We're Here", Anathema's masterpiece, the best progressive rock album of 2010, had placed the bar so high that it seemed impossible to renew such success, let alone to surpass it. Well, overall, I was not disappointed with this new album from the Cavanagh brothers. "Weather Systems" is perfectly in line with its predecessor. In it, you will find the same bliss, the same fullness, the same light...

To produce their ninth album, the band chose Christer-André Cederberg, a Norwegian, who has had the difficult task of following the Master himself, the 'Wilson King' (Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree), who had so brilliantly produced "We're Here Because We're Here". The recording sessions took place at the Parr Street studio's in Liverpool, the band's native city, then at the Cederberg studio in Oslo, and finally in a studio in Wales housed in a disused bunker.

The four songs that have formed the basis for the album are "The Gathering of the Clouds", "Lightning Song", "Sunlight" and "The Storm Before The Calm". Composed around 2010, these songs have in common to use the climate as a metaphor to evoke emotions, love, life, death, philosophy... Hence the album title "Weather Systems". Musically, they also have a similar structure, with introductions like, eg, the sound of a thunderstorm, followed by superb riffs in picking performed on acoustic guitar by Daniel Cavanagh. After that, you get the vocal lines, ethereal, riding on clouds of violins or synths, which intertwine in perfect harmony. The whole evolves gradually to a climax where guitars and percussion explode, before giving way to calm and serenity.

Note that "Lightning Song" is sung by Lee Douglas, who here acquires a status of "lead vocalist" next to Vincent and Daniel. "The Storm Before The Calm", a composition of drummer John Douglas, Lee's brother, is a little different with its darker atmosphere. The shadow of Porcupine Tree hovers nearby and this is one of the highlights of the CD. We find ourselves in the eye of the storm and after the storm comes the quiet, with a few guitar notes and soft vocals.

"The Lost Child" comes from a dream of Daniel Cavanagh, who dreamed that an autistic child was singing a haunting melody while swinging in his chair in a mental institution. Upon awakening, Daniel succeeded in remembering the notes and wrote this overwhelming song.

"Internal Landscapes", the last song, sums up the themes of the album by telling the story of a near death experience. The voice of Joe Geraci recounts his travel and his immersion in the middle of a deep light and an indescribable warmth, all this combined with magical soundscapes. Then the song unfolds gently, like a modern "Us And Them".

No doubt: Anathema has achieved another milestone in their career. The melodic structures are deeply beautiful and intensely powerful, while remaining very simple and accessible. They are transporting you to the heart of life, within yourself. It is also a work of polarities. Shadow and light, birth and death, love and fear: these simple emotions of life are all explored here. They are channeled in melodies, harmonies, lyrics, orchestrations and arrangements that are close to perfection. An emotional journey that goes to the essence of life. A ray of sunshine...

Track Listing
1. Untouchable Part 1
2. Untouchable Part 2
3. The Gathering Of The Clouds
4. Lightning Song
5. Sunlight
6. The Storm Before The Calm
7. The Beginning And The End
8. The Lost Child
9. Internal Landscapes

Philippe BLACKMARQUIS
26/06/2012


 

Next reviews
SHE WANTS REVENGE • Live at the Zappa in Antwerp on June 21st with THIEVES OF SILENCE
A.A.A.K. • Totalitarian Tip-Toe
EMPUSAE • Symbiosis
NEWCLEAR WAVES • Newclear Waves
OYAARSS • Bads
VITA NOCTIS • Against The Rule
MENTALLO & THE FIXER • Associated Projects: Benestrophe, Mainesthai, Polyhedron ‎– A Collection Of Rare, Unreleased & Remastered
SONAR • Cut Us Up
A.S. SWANSKI • Electro Noir
ACCESS TO ARASAKA • Orbitus

 

Other reviews from ANATHEMA
ANATHEMA • DISTANT SATTELITES
ANATHEMA • Falling Deeper

 

Same combination of genres: METAL + PROG
EMBASSY OF SILENCE • Verisimilitude
ELDRITCH • Underlying Issues
OPETH • Brussels, AB (15/10/2015)
NAïVE • Altra
EREB ALTOR • Nattram
THURISAZ, DYSCORDIA, ITCHILIEN, VERMILION • Thurisaz releaseparty 3 april 2015, JH Den Tap Kuurne.
THURISAZ • The Pulse Of Mourning
SIMUS • Vox Vult
STEVEN WILSON • Review of the concert at Het Depot in Leuven on 24th October 2013
STEVEN WILSON • Review of the concert in Antwerp on 12 March 2013

 

Same genre: METAL
GROOVENOM • Wir müssen reden
COMBICHRIST • Hate Like Me
FROSTTIDE • Decedents – Enshrined
INCONCESSUS LUX LUCIS
VARIOUS • ALCATRAZ METAL FESTIVAL 2018 10-12th August, Kortrijk, Belgium
GHOST • Popestar
SWITCHBLADE • “2016”
WILDHEART • WILDHEART
NERVOSA • Agony
ASP • Verfallen Folge 2: Fassaden

 

Same genre: PROG
NOSOUND • Scintilla
LOTUS THIEF • Gramarye
INFINITE SPECTRUM • Haunter of the Dark
ILL WICKER • Untamed
IRRADIANCE • Dissidence
VLY • I/Time
KRAKOW • Amaran
IRIS DIVINE • Karma Sown
HASSE FRöBERG & MUSICAL COMPANION • HMFC
ISOLE • The Calm Hunter

Music reviews

10
01
THE MARS MODEL
Primal Urge
10
01
ELM
Penetrator
09
01
THE JUGGERNAUTS
Fear
09
01
DE DELVERS
Hart in neonlicht
20
12
TC75
5th
19
12
THE GODFATHERS
ALPHA BETA GAMMA DELTA (2022)

NEWSLETTER

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

NEWS

06
02
On this day, 41 years ago, the Kraftwerk single ‘The Model’ reached the Top 1 of the UK Singles Chart!
05
02
Plastic Passion | This Day 43 Years Ago, The Cure Release Boys Don’t Cry!
05
02
33 years ago Nitzer Ebb released Lightningman
04
02
Gold Star Punk | The Ramones End Of The Century At 43!
03
02
This month, 37 years ago, Front Line Assembly released Corrosion!
02
02
Anarchy And Innocence | Sid Vicious Died 44 Years Ago Today...

Concert reviews

02
11
AKALOTZ - DREADFOOL - DELERITAS - WULF7
EBM NIGHT IN LIEGE...
05
07
EINSTURZENDE NEUBAUTEN
40 Years Einsturzende Neubauten at Ancienne Belgique - Brussels - B (20+21.06.2022)
14
06
WULF7 + THE JUGGERNAUTS
11/06/2022 - LIVE AT THE BAROCK - BRUGGE
14
06
'N TALES, INTERZONE, GROUND NERO
At B52 Club Eeernegem
24
05
STAATSEINDE
Staatseinde live @Kinky Star - 14 mei 2022
13
05
WUK
A try-out that became a book...

GET A COPY OF OUR MAGAZINE
SEND TO YOUR HOME

INTERVIEWS

22
12
DERISION CULT
An Interview With Dave McAnally of Derision Cult
16
12
OK LION
I didn't convince Patrick Codenys to work with us, it was his idea!
30
11
THE JUGGERNAUTS
Let’s leave the love dramas and (fake) feel good theme to pop music and the brain dead Tik-Tok generation.
28
11
MONSTERGOD
With their most recent release “Ozymandias” Monstergod prove that dark sounds and poetry may go hand in hand to reach the effect that is both mesmerizing and dynamic in the most excellent hard-hitting way.
29
10
PSY'AVIAH
Wanting to have everything under control is problematic, as is wanting to have nothing under control.

PHOTOS

05
02
SHE HATES EMOTIONS
Matrix Bochum
05
02
JAN REVOLUTION
Matrix Bochum
30
01
THE RESIDENTS
Botanique Brussel
23
01
NITZER EBB JOIN THE FORCES TOUR 23
Turbinenhalle Oberhausen
23
01
FRONT 242 JOIN THE FORCES TOUR 23
Turbinenhalle Oberhausen
23
01
LIEBKNECHT JOIN THE FORCES TOUR 23
Turbinenhalle Oberhausen
01
01
NNHMN
In Between Days Meschede Stadthalle

ADVERTISE
IN PEEK-A-BOO

VIDEO CLIPS

06
02
FRONTMASCHINE
EXP9
05
02
AFFET ROBOT
Fırtına
04
02
DEPECHE MODE
Never Let Me Down again
03
02
SCHULTZ
Rats In The Sewers
02
02
NACHTFALTER
Maschinenklang
01
02
THE KLINIK
Face To Face
31
01
W. PIKE
We were lucky