Played at Graspop Metal Meeting 1999 / 2000 / 2002 / 2004 / 2010 / 2017



United Kingdom


Soon after forming as Pagan Angel in 1990 in Liverpool, Anathema spearheaded the English doom/death metal scene together with fellow progenitors My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost. Their brand of doom/death metal was heavily inspired by atmospheric goth metal, with clean vocals gradually seeping as from the mid-90s. Nowadays their music is better characterised as progressive rock/metal, but the one thing that hasn’t changed over the years is the consistent quality of their output, with ’Weather Systems’ (2012) and ’Distant Satellites’ (2014) as their most recent offspring. In March of 2015, they played an acoustic tour of British cathedrals. While the trend in progressive rock is towards mourning and a depressed vibe, Anathema’s message is surprisingly uplifting and hopeful. ‘Distant Satellites’ delivers that message in a format stripped of all adornments and with the repeated use of keyboards and drum computers. (#GMM17)