Monday, 23 September 2013

Anathema - Universal

Kscope come up with another sumptuous package. This time its the 4 disc live concert by Anthema. You get the full concert over 2 CD's and the visual document on DVD or blu- ray, the latter includes bonus live material recorded at the Union Chapel. This concert was filmed with an orchestra in Bulgaria by longtime Steven Wilson collaborator Lasse Hoile. Here he reigns in his usual dark and foreboding visual style to present a fairly straightforward concert experience. Very good it is too. Its quite an immersive experience, where you feel very much part of the concert.

To be honest I would not consider Anathema a progressive rock band. If anything some of their big, guitar breaks owe more to the shoegazing bands of the 90's. Their music is epic and highly emotional and actually very hard to pigeonhole completely. But songs such as Untouchable (parts 1 and 2), The Beginning and the End and A Natural Disaster really do pack a huge emotional punch where you are left feeling this band should be hugely popular. I really do hope they do get more exposure as their music deserves to be heard by a much wider audience. Maybe this live document will go some ways to enabling that.


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