Release Date: Apr 24, 2012
Record label: The End
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Neo-Prog, Prog-Rock
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.
Though it may be surprising, the band responsible for Weather Systems began their career in doom-metal. The dramatic piano chords and orchestral backings that make up many of the album’s tracks would suggest a genesis in Coldplay-esque balladry—not in grim, atmospheric metal. Nevertheless, that evolution is the one Anathema has taken, and that growth has proven to be excellent.
If you didn't know that Anathema started out a couple of decades ago as a UK doom metal band, Weather Systems wouldn't tell you. And yet, underneath the album's fluid, mostly mellow surfaces and throughout the sonic evolutions, the Liverpool, UK-based act have remained unmistakeable. For the most part, the band's latest album (their ninth) falls somewhere within the post-rock spectrum, with a palette ranging from the stripped back, earthy elements of folk to the more sensuous and even symphonic sounds of experimental pop.