Anathema- “Distant Satellites” (2014)


Label: Kscope

Review by Luisa Mercier

Two years after the masterpiece “Weather Systems”, the British Anathema are back with another album, as always full of feelings. They are among the few artists able to make my eyes water and put me in a peaceful mood all the same. Maybe “Weather Systems” had a more positive vibe overall, while this last release is a bit broodier, melancholic, but always with a hint of hope. As in the previous record with the two “Untouchable”, there are three songs here that form the suite “The Last Song”. First one is the opener and is a beautifully craftet duet between the male voice and female of Lee. As far as music goes, the first half is quieter in order to explode in the second. This is something that may be said of “The Last Song Part 3”, while the “The Last Song Part 2” is a gorgeous ballad with only Lee on vocals. It is so full of emotions, that I cannot really find the words. “Dusk (Dark Is Descending)” starts peacefully, builds up and then calms down to a beautiful piano interlude and again soars.  Another jewel is “Anathema” with its mesmerizing piano riffs, that lead us through this amazing song.  A true experiment is the title-track that explores electronic, trance landscapes. Lovely. I would really suggest to take a listen to this and their previous works, if you look for a music that is full of feelings.

Rating – 85/100



  1. The Lost Song Part 1
  2. The Lost Song Part 2
  3. Dusk (Dark Is Descending)
  4. Ariel
  5. The Lost Song Part 3
  6. Anathema
  7. You’re Not Alone
  8. Firelight
  9. Distant Satellites
  10. Take Shelter


Line Up

  • Vincent Cavanagh – Vocals, Guitar, Keys
  • Danny Cavanagh – Guitar, Keys, Vocals
  • John Douglas – Acoustic/Electronic Percussion
  • Lee Douglas – Vocals
  • Jamie Cavanagh – Bass
  • Daniel Cardoso – Drums


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