Anathema - Weather Systems


8.3 | 581 votes |
Release date: 16 April 2012
Style: Atmospheric rock

Owners:

518 have it
54 want it


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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25.03.2012 - 00:53
Rating: 10
ravendeath
After quite a long time an album that I can vote with 10/10! Nothing else to be said.
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25.03.2012 - 01:06
Noxious
Perfect album Viva la Vida Anathema 10/10
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25.03.2012 - 13:34
Rating: 9
R'Vannith
ghedengi
At the risk of sounding cheesy this is a channeled piece of pure emotion, these guys have always had a gift. Wonderful, sometimes it lacks a little substance but otherwise a great listen.
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25.03.2012 - 13:54
Rating: 8
BloodTears
ANA-thema
Written by R'Vannith on 25.03.2012 at 13:34

At the risk of sounding cheesy this is a channeled piece of pure emotion, these guys have always had a gift. Wonderful, sometimes it lacks a little substance but otherwise a great listen.


It did sound cheesy but who cares, it's Anathema
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29

Like you could kiss my ass.
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26.03.2012 - 04:08
Rating: 9
R'Vannith
ghedengi
Written by BloodTears on 25.03.2012 at 13:54

Written by R'Vannith on 25.03.2012 at 13:34

At the risk of sounding cheesy this is a channeled piece of pure emotion, these guys have always had a gift. Wonderful, sometimes it lacks a little substance but otherwise a great listen.


It did sound cheesy but who cares, it's Anathema


Excellent, now that I have an excuse I'll also say that 'Untouchable' brings a tear to the eye.
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27.03.2012 - 16:20
Veil of Maya
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".


I sort of agree with this. The first few tracks were enjoyable but after that I kind of lose interest. Maybe it's the female vocals but this album is just not my cuppa tea.
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27.03.2012 - 18:53
SauradipGhosh
Lightning Song has to be one of the most emotional songs ever composed. This is a whole new Anathema...like despair, they have managed to rope in a new emption this time Hope and Quiet Joy.
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27.03.2012 - 23:52
Rating: 8
InnerSelf
proofread free
Written by SauradipGhosh on 27.03.2012 at 18:53

Lightning Song has to be one of the most emotional songs ever composed. This is a whole new Anathema...like despair, they have managed to rope in a new emption this time Hope and Quiet Joy.


So it's not only me who finds this song endlessly emotional
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He who is not bold enough
to be stared at from across the abyss
is not bold enough
to stare into it himself.
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31.03.2012 - 17:19
Rating: 10
idleblood
Untouchable, Part 2 is endlessly emotional.. and best vocal arrangements can be found on The Gathering Of The Clouds.. over all i give 9 out of 10 to this beautiful thing they made. this is music.
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01.04.2012 - 11:14
John Shock
I already have it and i'm gonna listen to it, today! I hope some beautiful songs here!
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04.04.2012 - 21:37
Rating: 9
Behdad K
DEAD
I can't say how much I loved this album.
Untouchables are both great, so is Lightning Song (which I'm listening to right now).

Thank you so much Anathema for delivering me this can't-express-with-words feeling...
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As tyranny becomes normality;
We hang at the end of the rope.
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09.04.2012 - 23:47
Rating: 8
doomarc
Weather Systems is absolutely better than the WHBWH for me. Now, they've really changed their style and had some post rock sound but they still make us feel the same way : ) May be there is no certain masterpiece in the album because the album is a masterpice itself as a total work. My favourite ones are Untouchable Part 1, Lightning Song, The beginnig and the end, and of course The Lost Child that reminds me Judgement days especially when Vincent begging ''save me''. I've found a new Anathema again but it's still Anathema and thanks for this awesome album.
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17.04.2012 - 07:33
Rating: 9
tig3r69baghdad
Awesome!
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Judgment day the second coming arrives
Before you see the light you must die.
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17.04.2012 - 18:26
Rating: 9
black.pegasus
It's perfect...
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18.04.2012 - 10:13
Rating: 8
errorcode99
Sounds good!
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20.04.2012 - 12:09
Rating: 9
Hughes
Some really nice music composing here
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21.04.2012 - 00:03
Rating: 9
tirim4
I liked the first half of WHBWH but the second one seemed really boring to me. This album is better all the way through it. I certainly miss the days of their past more dark stuff but this album is just great and it feels like they have matured with their new musical style.
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22.04.2012 - 15:39
Kenos
Account deleted
Thankfully it's growing... A full 8, beautiful work but I still prefer WHBWH.
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22.04.2012 - 18:55
Rating: 10
Ressurection
What to say ... just got into WHBWH some days back , i was so loving that album so much ... especially Angels Walk Among Us . Still Judgement being their best to date,
I thought of checking on the internet about Anathema and i wondered when they were releasing another album ... and to the fuckin shock of my life ... there it was .... Weather Systems that very day , another album ... it was like i found the freakin light ...
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23.04.2012 - 02:52
Rating: 10
garmling
Anathema equal emotion in its most pure, most dangerous, most beautiful way....this is music at its best!!!
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23.04.2012 - 13:17
Rating: 10
idleblood
All hail from sri lanka....
this is music and in its purest form.. ANATHEMA rules.. from day one since the serenades era..
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23.04.2012 - 18:18
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by idleblood on 23.04.2012 at 13:17
this is music and in its purest form.

Music in its purest form? What does that even mean?
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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23.04.2012 - 20:01
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Troy Killjoy on 23.04.2012 at 18:18

Written by idleblood on 23.04.2012 at 13:17
this is music and in its purest form.

Music in its purest form? What does that even mean?


Clearly anything else isn't music 100% so it's is mixed with the chemical X or some shit.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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23.04.2012 - 22:35
Rating: 8
InnerSelf
proofread free
I used to use that expression I think he means that it's emotional and honest (at least it feels like that)
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He who is not bold enough
to be stared at from across the abyss
is not bold enough
to stare into it himself.
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24.04.2012 - 09:14
eponymous
This is just trash. If this is "emotional and honest", I'm the antipope. But since I'm not Vlad Zladko, I cannot be the antipope.

Edit:
I meant the dubious descriptions, not the album. The album is pretentious, boring, and well-worth of eliminating from one's collection promptly, but not exactly trash.
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24.04.2012 - 20:55
Night Sight
Nothing changed form we are here ,everything just the same,the emotion,feelings,vocals,lyrics and so on i dont think they could have any progress in their work.also they put some really weak tracks like the gathering of the clouds,the storm before the calm or internal landscape .very unnecesary tracks
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Alone in birth
Alone in the darkness
Alone in death
Alone in the daylight
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27.04.2012 - 17:55
Rating: 8
The Melting Snow
Disappointed. The songs individually are good but all the songs are totally same. sad to know that Anathema has lost it's creativity.
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30.04.2012 - 21:07
Yavanna
Well, the only thing I liked was the spoken part of "Internal Landscapes" the whole rest just bored me.
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Carry me to the shoreline
Bury me in the sand
Walk me across the water
And maybe you'll understand
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30.04.2012 - 21:28
Rating: 10
DelightfulJim
Best album I have heard this year so far.
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01.05.2012 - 00:54
Rating: 8
Therapy?
This is a good album. It's always a surprise to see what you get when Anathema makes another album. I still think the Alternative 4 and Judgement suits me better but I am enjoying the emotional feeling of this music.
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