|We're Here Because We're Here|
May 31st 2010|| |
Place: Glasgow, Scotland
Venue: The Cathouse
Bill: Cathedral, Anathema, Blackstar
Openers on this evening was the band that was almost Carcass. Jeff Walker and
Kenn Owen tried to keep the rock'n'death alive for a little while longer, but to
little avail. Entertaining enough for this evening, though, especially the two
or three Carcass tunes aired.
Next band on the wee stage at the Cathouse was a doom band that was in the midst
of taking a musical turn. The band was none other than Anathema. The Brits had
just released 'Eternity' which saw a departure from the doom and death of the
past albums. Later, in 1998, they would release 'Alternative 4', taking them in
a direction that definitely was more Pink Floyd than My Dying Bride and thus
challenging the boundaries of metal even further. 'Alternative 4' was, by the
way, an album I listened to a LOT to.
Anyway, back to the Cathouse: It was clear that there was something different
about this band. The singer/guitarist wore a loose, white shirt, for Pete's
sake! I mean, how un-metal could it get? And there was something aloof about
their approach, something...not quite like all the others.
Vincent Cavanagh and the rest of Anathema will probably not look back upon this
Glagow evening as their best performance ever, but it clearly outlined the path
they were heading onto; one of being a defining and unusual British rock band
who had their own, unigue style and couldn't give a toss if they were labelled
metal, doom or prog rock. As long as the music was beautiful.
And a thing of beauty this new album is. Like it's predecessors back to
'Alternative 4', it's impossible to call it metal. There are hints of metal, but
that's it. And, really, it doesn't matter.
What matters is that this is an album that is truly enjoyable to listen to. It
has its aggressive moments, or should I say crescendos, surely, but that's not
it's focus. No, it's just really good music that you can lean back and listen
I can only recommend this. It's a pleasure.
Let's round that evening at the Cathouse off, shall we: Cathedral finished the
whole thing off with a gig that was as entertaining as always. Bassist Leo was
swaying gently like a reef in the summer breeze, stoned as he was. Lee was his
own looney self as usual. What can I say? Also a thing of beauty, just...in a
very different way from Anathema's 'We're Here because We're Here'.
01. Thin Air
02. Summernight Horizon
03. Dreaming Light
05. Angels Walk Among Us
07. A Simple Mistake
08. Get Off, Get Out
June 28th 2010|