Anathema - Weather Systems


8.3 | 587 votes |
Release date: 16 April 2012
Style: Atmospheric rock

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Disc I
01. Untouchable Part 1
02. Untouchable Part 2
03. The Gathering Of The Clouds
04. Lightning Song
05. Sunlight
06. The Storm Before The Calm
07. The Beginning And The End
08. The Lost Child
09. Internal Landscapes

Disc II [Limited edition DVD 5.1 mix]
01. Untouchable Part 1
02. Untouchable Part 2
03. The Gathering Of The Clouds
04. Lightning Song
05. Sunlight
06. The Storm Before The Calm
07. The Beginning And The End
08. The Lost Child
09. Internal Landscapes

Line-up
Vincent Cavanagh - vocals, guitars, keyboards, programming, bass on track 6
Lee Douglas - vocals
Daniel "Danny" Cavanagh - guitars, vocals, piano, keyboards, bass on tracks 4,9
John Douglas - drums, keyboards, programming

Session musicians
Christer-André Cederberg - bass on tracks 1-3,5,7,8
Jamie Cavanagh - bass on track 6
Wetle Holte - drums on tracks 1,3
Petter Carlsen - backing vocals on tracks 1,2

Additional info
Produced, engineered and mixed by Christer-André Cederberg. Co-produced by Vincent & Daniel Cavanagh.
Assistant recording engineer - Andrea Wright.

Recorded at Parr Street Studios in Liverpool, Aerial Studios in Wrexham and at Christer's place in Oslo.
Mixed at Christer's place. Mastered by Chris Sansom at Propeller Mastering, Oslo.

All string arrangements by Dave Stewart except The Storm Before The Calm - by Vincent Cavanagh & Dave Stewart.
Performed by the London Session orchestra.
Leader: Perry Montague-Mason.
Session fixer: Isobel Griffiths.
Strings produced by Dave Stewart, recorded by Steve Price at Angel Studios, London.

Art, design and layout by Vincent Cavanagh & Sarah Derat, assisted by Scott.

Internal Landscapes is dedicated to William Cavanagh.

Staff review by
Demonic Tutor
Rating:
8.2
Liverpool, United Kingdom. In the distance the gathering of the clouds dims the sunlight, an omen of an impending rainstorm. In the beginning there was lightning, and in the end a drenched landscape.

Needless to say that whatever kind of rock featured on Weather Systems is literally miles away from Anathema's death/doom sound of decades past. But then again it is no less riveting. Spellbinding is more like it. Once more the Cavanagh brothers manage to fascinate me with their ability to write beautiful music. Be warned though that there is very little variation in the formula that was presented on its predecessor We're Here Because We're Here.

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published 29.06.2012 | Comments (20)

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21.06.2012 - 15:16
Rating: 10
DelightfulJim
Still haven't heard anything that I enjoyed more than this so far.
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23.06.2012 - 11:44
Rating: 1
joey_demaio666
New Anathema Is Shit.
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29.06.2012 - 16:17
Rating: 7
lord artan
I do not love this album for several reason.i do not expect anathema Release this weak album.but still anathema best in the world.i just do not expect.i expect masterpiece from anathema
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29.06.2012 - 16:20
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by joey_demaio666 on 23.06.2012 at 11:44

New Anathema Is Shit.



I don't like this sort of Anathema either but this comment about them being shit and you giving them a 1 is really funny seeing your nick is Joeydemaio. Even Anathema's worst album is suprerior to anything Joey de Maio was ever part of.
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05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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06.07.2012 - 01:36
Rating: 7
Góral
Combo Breaker
Best album to listen to with a girlfriend..
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12.10.2012 - 18:43
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Lustful Maid on 12.10.2012 at 18:35

Generally speaking, this is not a bad album if you don't know anything about this band. I simply don't understand why Anathema has been categorised as Doom metal band for almost one decade. I believe even they themselves don't know why.


As far as I know almost everyone has stopped calling them doom metal after The Silent Enigma. I wouldn't even them progressive, for me they are armospheric rock or even alternative rock.
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12.10.2012 - 19:03
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
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Written by Lustful Maid on 12.10.2012 at 19:01

As far as I know almost everyone has stopped calling them doom metal after The Silent Enigma. I wouldn't even them progressive, for me they are armospheric rock or even alternative rock.

Probably heavy rock for the last 2 albums. I am more interested to know if you think this album is a Christian.



what does Christian have to do with it. Christian music is not a sound but has to do with the lyrical content and tbh I don't see anything Christian about the lyrics. So, this is of course not Christian music
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12.10.2012 - 19:25
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
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Written by Lustful Maid on 12.10.2012 at 19:15

What does Christian have to do with it. Christian music is not a sound but has to do with the lyrical content and tbh I don't see anything Christian about the lyrics. So, this is of course not Christian music

hmm...not all musicians like to express their music too straightforward, it is lacking in "Depth". On the contrary, you don't call Venom a Black metal band evenrhough they always mentioned about Satan in their lyrics. We are not in the same universe I think.


Venom I DO call black metal, first wave black metal just like Mercyful Fate are first wave black metal. Because at the time black metal was defined by the image and lyrical content and not the music. Just like Christian music is defined by the lyrical content and not the music.

What has so-called lacking in depth have to do with someone playing Christian music? Believer plays Christian thrash and especially their seond and third album cannot be said to be lacking in depth.

It seems you are a Christianity who labels music he doesn't like as Christian music. The people in Anathema aren't Christians so they cannot be labeled as being a CHristian band
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
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12.10.2012 - 20:22
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Lustful Maid on 12.10.2012 at 20:10


- When we talk about Marketing, it is surely scheming in the real world. Josh Groban's music is obviously godly, but it may be applicable to lovers. Anathema is making this album that would be acceptable by the general listeners, especially some christians found this interesting even no god appears in the lyrics (this is also a possibility, not a definite). They don't have to be christians to use this "marketing strategy".


They have been making this sort of music for quite some time now. SO it's not that they have all of a sudden gone down this road. I agree that they are writing the rock/pop music to gain more sales, which they would never have gained with their death doom albums and especially not with Darren WHite on vocals.
But still nothing Christian about it at all.
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Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
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17.10.2012 - 15:26
Rating: 7
Echonia
Written by Guest on 12.03.2012 at 22:02

Mmmh... The first tracks were amazing, but it loses points towards the end, especially in "The Lost Child", maybe one of their weakest songs. It's good, excellent at times, but no masterpiece like WHBWH and... Well, half of Anathema's discography. At the moment something like a 7.5 or 8, more or less. Best tracks: "Untouchable Part 1-2" and "The Beginning And The End".


The lost child is one of their weakest? It is the best song of the album and way better and more 'anathema like' than the whole WHBWH!
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18.10.2012 - 04:59
Rating: 9
ThunderAxe1989
Irreligious
Wow, this is certainly the best album I've heard in along time!
I love it.
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21.10.2012 - 15:43
Rating: 8
saja
An evolution
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21.10.2012 - 22:45
Linak
I Own You Bitch
This is such a wonderful album, it took me like 5 listens to make peace with the fact that Anathema doesn't seem to have any plans to come back to their older sound, and then I just started to really love it.
Even if I still skip a couple of tracks, the general atmosphere is great, I just had to say how much I like it.
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Stick this up your fucking pee-aitch-dee.
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24.03.2013 - 18:33
musicalkaratekid
Outstanding album, and certainly one of the band's best. The atmospherics bring to mind The Gathering but they are lush and beautiful in a somewhat different way. Both parts of 'Untouchable' and 'Lightning song' are obvious highlights but every song is just as good in terms of quality as any other. The female vocals on here work very well too and flow beautifully with the music.
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20.02.2014 - 01:25
Creativinity
TBH I thought Anathema sounded very Christian as well. I am a Christian, myself but do not define the music I listen to as good or bad based on its lyrical content. I like everything (as long as it's metal, of course.) I just understand how someone can make the confusion of thinking them Christian, as it does sound very Christian-y, especially to people who have listened to a lot of Christian music.

Nonetheless, it is beautiful music, as is a lot of secular and non-secular music.
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03.03.2014 - 17:12
Gawain
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Great album, It was my introduction to Anathema and hence metal..
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28.04.2014 - 13:09
Rating: 10
raveneffect
While most may feel its highly exagerated (and I understand why), this is a 10 for me. I've been hooked to it ever since I first listened to it, I know every note, every word, every effect and I usually cant listen to it just once. Its one of my all time favourites.
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04.05.2014 - 11:42
Rating: 8
BloodTears
ANA-thema
Finally bought the original CD for my collection. Now it's complete just in time for a new album

Sounds even better.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29

Like you could kiss my ass.
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22.05.2014 - 23:50
mandrake88
Really?? storm before the calm?? trying to prove a point?? no offense, but the guys are so trying to be an exception to the rule that is makes them ridiculous
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23.05.2014 - 02:45
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Exception to what rule?
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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05.03.2015 - 23:46
ElCazador
I cannot describe my feelings on The Storm Before The Calm, the electrified wind sound is awesome, the second part of the song (Calm) is just awesome. The Gathering Of the Clouds is another great track of this great album.
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01.01.2016 - 16:38
Constantine
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The best anathema album since Judgement
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18.02.2017 - 01:53
Rating: 8
musclassia
Went to look up this album and saw I had a '7' rating for it. Clearly it's been a while since I rated it because I am a lot more fond of it these days. It's not perfect, but the Untouchable song is beautiful and the likes of Sunlight and Beginning And The End are similarly delightful. Really lovely album
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