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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

Lyrics (9)

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

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.

published 29.06.2012 | Comments (20)

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ThunderAxe1989 - 18.10.2012 at 04:59  
Rating: 9 Wow, this is certainly the best album I've heard in along time!
I love it.
saja - 21.10.2012 at 15:43  
Rating: 8 An evolution
Linak - 21.10.2012 at 22:45  
  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.
musicalkaratekid - 24.03.2013 at 18:33  
  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.
Creativinity - 20.02.2014 at 01:25  
  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.
Gawain - 03.03.2014 at 17:12  
  Great album, It was my introduction to Anathema and hence metal..
raveneffect - 28.04.2014 at 13:09  
Rating: 10 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.
BloodTears - 04.05.2014 at 11:42  
Rating: 8 Finally bought the original CD for my collection. Now it's complete just in time for a new album

Sounds even better.
mandrake88 - 22.05.2014 at 23:50  
  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
Troy Killjoy - 23.05.2014 at 02:45  
  Exception to what rule?
ElCazador - 05.03.2015 at 23:46  
  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.
Ichinose - 01.01.2016 at 16:38  
Rating: 10 The best anathema album since Judgement

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