The members of Liverpool rock ensemble Anathema have a fairly fluid approach to band structure. This vibrant band of musicians share the duties between them, and frequent line-up changes keep their sound fresh and original. Formed in 1990 as the Pagan Angel, they started life as death/doom exponents. Although their music still has some distinctly dark touches, they realised that a more audience-friendly sound works better, and today are regarded as one of the best avant garde indie bands on the circuit. Their appearances this year are limited, but fortunately at Gigantic we have Anathema concert tickets available for their two gigs for 2015.
The only opportunity to catch a retrospective wander down memory lane with Anathema will be on Sunday 26th July at Brighton’s Concorde 2 venue, and then again on November 4th at Manchester Cathedral, where they are putting on an acoustic show. The unplugged show promises to be a very different departure from this experimental band, and we anticipate that Anathema tickets for this venue in particular will be in high demand. The acoustics should be astonishing too, as Manchester Cathedral is well known not just as a spiritual space, but as an excellent music venue in its own right.
The shift from death/doom and Goth to progressive rock has opened up Anathema to a much wider and more appreciative audience. Despite the frequent line-up changes and course-corrections in musical direction, Anathema has developed a cohesive sound that is as relevant now as it was 25 years ago. Today, the band are focused on the prog rock direction, but rather than the ambling, rambling, 15-minute guitar solos of the 1970s, this modern interpretation of prog rock is energetic and punchy. There is still plenty of experimentation and elements of doom and Goth metal in their work, but it’s not as challenging for the audience and is infinitely more ‘listenable’. To understand the band’s progress, their back catalogue of albums spans their entire timeline, from the debut 1992 EP ‘The Crestfallen’, through to their most recent work, 2014’s ‘Distant Satellites’.
Anathema tour dates are limited, and so are tickets, so if you want to catch this unique band this year, then grab your Anathema tickets from Gigantic now.
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