ARTIST:

ANATHEMA

(UNITED KINGDOM)
TITLE:

DISTANT SATELLITES

(2014)
LABEL:

KSCOPE

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Electro, Female vocals, Melancholic
"Anathema does Anathema... It is well done and always with as much accuracy, finesse and the ability to hold on and keep us on the edge of our seats from start to finish!"
PHENOMENA (22.07.2014)  
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For Anathema, now endowed with the status of king of melancholic and atmospheric rock, the release of an album has become a much awaited, debated and inspected phenomenon. The band comes back to the forefront with "Distant Satellites" and a line-up finally stabilized around Vincent Cavanagh (guitar, vocals), Danny Cavanagh (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Jamie Cavanagh (bass), of course the beautiful Lee Douglas (female vocals) who now fully integrates the troupe, Daniel Cardoso (keyboards) and John Douglas (drums).

Once again, the band serves us on a set of ten high-flying compositions, including a masterful suite entitled "The Lost Song", a three-part piece based on an implacable rhythmic that serves as an ideal launching pad for beautiful piano parts and the beautiful intertwined voices of Danny Cavanagh and Lee Douglas. 

The band's music flows like a long quiet river, alternating between acceleration and calm. If Daniel Cardoso's keyboards always come into play - as do the many string sequences - with a lot of relevance, especially on "Firelight", or if Vincent Cavanagh's guitar punches us with a few well-sounding riffs ("The Lost Song - Part 1"), it is once again Danny Cavanagh and Lee Douglas and his ethereal voice that are the shooting stars of the disc. Our two accomplices carry through their vocal cords a palette of emotions of inescapable beauty ("The Lost Song - Part 2" and Lee Douglas' masterful vocalizations) and a shivering obscure nostalgia. 

The last 4 offerings of the album are more surprising even if the English have already experienced this kind of attitude (on 'A Natural Disaster'). A drum machine, a distorted guitar, all starting in an apocalyptic 3-minute finale ("You're Not Alone") followed by a short instrumental ("Firelight"), then a real electro-atmospheric delight.

So yes Anathema does Anathema and so what? It is well done and always with as much accuracy, finesse and the ability to hold on and keep us on the edge of our seats from start to finish! That's what everyone is looking for in an album and even if the band tries to vary its content on the latest tracks by incorporating electronic music in small doses, good for we !


More informations on http://www.anathema.ws/





TRACK LISTING:
01. The Lost Song part 1 - 5:54
01. Take Shelter - 6:07
02. The Lost Song part 2 - 5:45
03. Dusk - dark is descending) - 6:00
04. Ariel - 6:29
05. The Lost Song part 3 - 5:22
06. Anathema - 6:41
07. You're Not Alone - 3:27
08. Firelight - 2:43
09. Distant Satellites - 8:18

LINEUP:
Danny Cavanagh: Chant / Guitares
Jamie Cavanagh: Basse
John Douglas: Batterie
Lee Douglas: Chant
Vincent Cavanagh: Chant / Guitares / Claviers
   
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