UK alt-rockers Anathema have released a video of their live performance of “Universal”, which you can watch below. The stream comes from the band’s live DVD/Blu-ray Universal, which was filmed at the ancient Roman theatre of Philippopolis where the band was joined by the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra to kick off a lengthy world tour in support of its most successful album Weather Systems (review). The live concert was directed by Lasse Hoile (Porcupine Tree, Opeth) and can be purchased here.
UK alt-rockers Anathema have released a clip of “Untouchable (Part Two)” from their upcoming live DVD Universal, which was filmed at the Ancient Roman Theatre of Phillippoplis with the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra. The DVD, which was directed by Lasse Hoile (Porcupine Tree, Opeth), comes out September 23rd (pre-orders are available here). The clip can be seen below.
“Untouchable (Part Two)” comes from the band’s release last year Weather Systems (review), which was my #1 album of 2012. The band will be touring in September (tour dates below) and you better believe that I’ll be at at least one of the shows. READ MORE
Easily my most anticipated tour for the rest of the year, the upcoming lineup of Anathema, Alcest, and Mamiffer is something that I never thought would happen in a million years. Anathema has only played the US twice as a full band and both performances were over a decade ago. So knowing that I’ll be able to see them is something out of a dream.
Vincent Cavanagh shares this enthusiasm, commenting: “I can’t wait. Such a cool line up – three bands that move in different spheres while sharing the intent to create music that is honest, forward-thinking and uninhibited.
“I first met Stéphane from Alcest last year, discussing ’90′s shoegaze bands in a forest in Lithuania! He is someone for whom I have great respect. Their music is melodic and soulful, full of dream-like imagery.
“Mamiffer are true artists. The dynamic mix of stark piano, crushing melancholic textures and choral reverie is something to behold. Exactly the kind of thing I’m into, so I’m really looking forward to it.”
Below are the tour dates as well as the track listing for the band’s upcoming live DVD/Blu-Ray Universal, which was directed by Lasse Hoile (Porcupine Tree, Opeth). The live set can be pre-ordered here. READ MORE
Swedish prog-rockers Katatonia have released an official video for “Lethean”, which comes from their latest album Dead End Kings (review). Shot in star black and white and directed by Lasse Hoile (Porcupine Tree, Opeth), the video features slow motion shots that serve to compliment the melancholic yet heavy beauty of the song. You can watch it below or here.
Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Blackfield) has announced a second leg of tour dates in support of his upcoming third solo album The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories), which will be released Feb. 25th through KScope Records. You can read more about the album here.
According to Wilson’s website, “The line up on the tour will be the same as the band that recorded Steven Wilson’s new studio album…Guthrie Govan (lead guitar), Adam Holzman (keyboards), Theo Travis (flutes, saxes), Nick Beggs (bass guitar, stick), and Marco Minnemann (drums).”
Wilson has also been working with Lasse Hoile “…to take the visual elements of the show to the next level, making the show even more of a cinematic experience.”
Head on below for the tour dates. READ MORE
Alt-rock band Anathema has released a video for “Untouchable (Part One)”, which comes off their latest release, Weather Systems. The video was edited together by longtime Porcupine Tree collaborator Lasse Hoile and features beautiful shots of nature in fantastic time-lapsed shots. From undulating clouds to vicious lightning storms to aurora borealis during starry nights, this video is incredibly soothing and fits the emotional intensity of the song perfectly.
On a personal note, this song is not only one of my absolute favorite tracks on the album, it’s also one of my favorite tracks of the year. The combined play count of this song on my iTunes and my phone probably number well into the triple digits. I truly cannot recommend this album highly enough.