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Anathema - Fine Days: 1999-2004 [3CD Box Set] (2015) (Re-up)

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Anathema - Fine Days: 1999-2004 [3CD Box Set] (2015) (Re-up)

Anathema - Fine Days: 1999-2004 [3CD Box Set] (2015)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 1,11 GB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 411 MB | Covers - 276 MB
Genre: Psychedelic/Atmospheric Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Sony Music/Music for Nations (88875058542)

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.
Comprising three discs of remastered audio material, "Fine Days 1999-2004" presents a detailed look this important period in the Anathema history…

Anathema - Hindsight (2008) (Re-up)

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Anathema - Hindsight (2008) (Re-up)

Anathema - Hindsight (2008)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 326 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 124 MB | Covers - 151 MB
Genre: Psychedelic/Atmospheric Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Kscope (KSCOPE106)

Hindsight is a set of unplugged re-recordings of Anathema's own songs from their latter-day, atmospheric period. The band has been increasing the emphasis on acoustic instrumentation ever since they turned away from their doom-death roots, and so the idea of Hindsight seems to have been almost unavoidable. Thankfully, however, unlike most unplugged albums, this one was done in the studio, with obvious care taken to transmit the songs in a new format, as opposed to simply plugging off the distortion pedal and plucking away at the same chords. The songs have been rearranged for an acoustic guitar, piano, and cello, and are barely recognizable, except for the vocals - Vincent Cavanagh's moan is as sad and dejected as ever - and for the parts that were acoustic to begin with, such as most of "Inner Silence"…

Anathema - Weather Systems (2012)

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Anathema - Weather Systems (2012)

Anathema - Weather Systems (2012)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 360 MB | Covers - 109 MB
Genre: Psychedelic/Atmospheric Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Kscope (KSCOPE206)

After Falling Deeper, Anathema's orchestral detour into greatest hitsville, the Liverpool band return with a true follow-up to We're Here Because We're Here. What Falling Deeper accomplished was to make the band comfortable with the string arrangements of Dave Stewart; they're used abundantly - and to great benefit - on Weather Systems (produced by Christer-Andre Cederberg with Daniel and Vincent Cavanagh). Guitarist Daniel has written a set of songs that are more daring, harmonically ambitious, and poetically sophisticated than anything he's previously attempted. Vocalist and occasional keyboardist Vincent arranges them for drummer John Douglas, vocalist Lee Helen Douglas, and help from Cederberg on bass…

Anathema - Serenades (1993) [Japanese Edition 1996]

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Anathema - Serenades (1993) [Japanese Edition 1996]

Anathema - Serenades (1993) [Japanese Edition 1996]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 386 MB | Covers - 45 MB
Genre: Death/Doom Metal | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Pony Canyon (PCCY-00951)

Although the band Anathema has since gone down a much more atmospheric and melodic route with their music, it's important to note that the group began as one of the pioneers of death doom metal, a style of music similar in its melancholic feeling to what Anathema has done more recently, but much heavier and darker in the one it is executed. With a few demos and this debut 'Serenades', Anathema would be setting the groundwork for a style that has since become much more popular by the likes of bands like Swallow the Sun. Although 'Serenades' is a classic work for its development in that doom metal sound, it is an incredibly hit-or-miss ordeal throughout, and may be better appreciated for its place in history than as a listening experience of its own.

Anathema - The Crestfallen EP (1992) + Pentecost III (1995) [Japanese Edition 1996]

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Anathema - The Crestfallen EP (1992) + Pentecost III (1995) [Japanese Edition 1996]

Anathema - The Crestfallen EP (1992) + Pentecost III (1995) [Japanese Edition 1996]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 483 MB | Covers - 61 MB
Genre: Death/Doom Metal | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Pony Canyon (PCCY-00952)

The Crestfallen EP (1992). The style of early Anathema was a strange juxtaposition between smooth, melancholy guitar leads and deformed death metal children with one leg longer than the other trying to dance. The rhythms are sometimes absolutely horrible and do not even create distinctive riffs, just juddering patterns that do nothing for atmosphere or heaviness. Many of the riffs are dominated by bass and drums, but when we get something with recognizable shapes and moods it picks up something from the scuzzy production and works a treat, conjuring real feeling with ease. The first two songs definitely have the pick of the riffs and manage to express their anguish a little better: the melodies are also all over them, and these features give the release its character…

Anathema - We're Here Because We're Here (2010)

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Anathema - We're Here Because We're Here (2010)

Anathema - We're Here Because We're Here (2010)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 365 MB | Covers - 48 MB
Genre: Psychedelic/Atmospheric Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Kscope (kscope154)

Anathema are one of the select few bands that actually progress with each album, honing their songwriting skills to provide a better means for their musical message - but a six-year gap in the recording schedule that preceded We're Here Because We're Here still left many fans wondering, where do they go from here? Turns out, it was in the right direction. The most easily recognized change is the increased emphasis on piano, which is the leading instrument on most songs, but if this description brings the likes of Coldplay and Fray to mind, the music does not, for the simple reason that Chris Martin, let alone the horde of his mainstream rock imitators, can never rival the immense emotional charge of Anathema's music…

Anathema - Alternative 4 (1998) [Japanese Edition]

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Anathema - Alternative 4 (1998) [Japanese Edition]

Anathema - Alternative 4 (1998) [Japanese Edition]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 306 MB | Covers - 78 MB
Genre: Psychedelic/Atmospheric Rock/Metal | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Pony Canyon (PCCY-01258)

If Alternative 4 feels like a rushed album, it’s because, somehow, it is. Prior to its recording, the Cavanagh brothers witnessed the death of their mother: the event is commemorated in the album’s cover artwork, which represents a burial place inside an angel’s shroud. The album’s main theme is based on betrayal. But not the typical relationship issues treated like a game by Chad Kroeger, but rather the realization that the importance of relationships and friendships can be understood only when lost forever, in favor of some sort of “ignorance of convenience” in order to make thoughts of misanthropy, nihilism and suicide hit as much later as possible: a battle against nothing made quietly by every human on Earth, yet widely accepted and practiced by the modern society like an elephant in the room…

Anathema - Eternity (1996) [Japanese Edition]

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Anathema - Eternity (1996) [Japanese Edition]

Anathema - Eternity (1996) [Japanese Edition]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 454 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 172 MB | Covers - 126 MB
Genre: Psychedelic/Atmospheric Rock/Metal | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Pony Canyon (PCCY-01050)

Although the British band Anathema left their traditional death metal sound behind on The Silent Enigma with guitarist Vincent Cavanagh taking over vocals duties from growler Darren White, the dark themes continue. Shifting their morbid focus from God-bashing and destruction, the chaps focus on suicide and the meaningless of life. The blistering guitars have been replaced by atmospheric keyboards making this come off as a twisted combination of Pink Floyd and Peter Gabriel, and there is even some spoken poetry here. As a whole, Anathema has proven that they are an original band, not content to repeat history. Unfortunately, there is a place in this world for such dark subject matter, and for those who care, Eternity fits the bill.

Anathema - Judgement (1999) [Limited Edition]

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Anathema - Judgement (1999) [Limited Edition]

Anathema - Judgement (1999) [Limited Edition]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 387 MB | Covers - 38 MB
Genre: Psychedelic/Atmospheric Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Music For Nations (CDMFNX 250)

After the mildly disappointing Alternative 4, Anathema strikes back with Judgement. Upon first listen, the music and message seem a bit mellow for these doomy metal moguls. Second listen is like a magical rediscovery of a lost art form, the art of creating simple, depressing hard rock that is so emotionally expressive that it bends one's own constitution. Quiet and introspective on songs like "One Last Goodbye" and "Anyone, Anywhere," Anathema has the ability to spew forth raw, volcanic pain on cuts like "Judgement" and "Pitiless" - the last of which contains the most heart-wrenching solo the Cavanagh brothers have ever penned…