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My initial hearings of this formidable work were bracketted by WHWs "Of Empires Forlorn", and Swallow the Sun's "Emerald Forest..". This juxtapositioning works for this reviewer.
I'd have to say that the harsh edges and angularity of earlier Anathema works seems to have given way to a more accessible soundscape. Dare one say, commercial.
Never-the-less, there are, in proper measures, great power, balladry, drama, contemplation and integrity
The opening tracks, "Untouchable, 1 & 2", open with an almost folky acoustic ambience, which gives way to a driving rock anthem, thence to a gentler interlude by way of boy/girl duet, then soaring instrumental and closing gently. Wonderful.
"The Gathering of the Clouds" continues with this general scheme, with pulsating and swirling orchestral components tastefully placed. That reads blandly, but one can't gush continuously!
Lee Douglas' bright vocal points up "Lightning Song", which again slides into great hard rock from a gentle beginning. The band may well be seeking a wider audience, but by golly, it's brilliant.
Written here, it may appear formulaic, but the listening reveals a certain honesty in the vocals,and great art in the finished song(s)
"Sunlight" follows in the true path, with David Cavanagh taking lead voice. There is more than a hint of "the Edge" in the guitar sound.
Yet, just as we are settling into a particular musical language, "The Storm Before the Calm" reverts to what we might expect of this mob.Read more ›
But one day it clicked, every track on this record is amazing, I actually view it as one long piece. This album flows as one track, not as 9 different tracks.
It's a very emotional album, and I find that emotional music is the most beautiful music.
There is a wide variety of musical journeys on this record, acoustic guitars, bright sounds, fast rhythms, mesmerizing strings, electronica, harmonies; the list goes on and it's amazing just how well it truly does flow together.
Weather Systems does not surpass its predecessor (We're Here Because We're Here), but it sure does come close and is without a doubt a worthy follow-up that stands on it's own.
This is an amazing album that everyone should at least experience once.
I've also bought a lot of MP3 albums.
In all that time, I've never - really - reviewed an album. I just let other people, more articulate about their love of music, do that.
But I need to speak out about this album. I have to. There's someone with a gun (metaphorically, at least) telling me to do it.
First off, this is, without a doubt, one of my favorite albums now. Ever. It's simply an unstoppable powerhouse of emotion from beginning to end. The band said they wanted to provoke emotions in the listener with this album and they have. I felt my emotions being tugged and prodded and explored with every sailing guitar, every melody, every incredible height Lee Douglas' voice soared to.
This album is uplifting and depressing. It wants to be. Its goal is to drill down on the sadness in life and show you how to emerge from it.
After listening to it multiple times you truly understand the name of the album - every human's life is a series of climatic shifts.
Personally, I'm going through a rough time in my life. This album has given me energy to persevere through it. That's because it's more than just a series of catchy tunes strung together; tons of bands do that. Its an ongoing journey of the mind and heart.
More technically, the 2-part 'Untouchable' is a roller-coaster of emotion and power. Vincent is so much better, and clearer, than he has been on past releases. He manages to sound reserved and introspective at exactly the right moment, complimented by the expertly handled guitar work.
That's basically the entire album, though I think it's best represented in those two songs.Read more ›
As an album, Weather Systems is soaring and atmospheric in sound. Yet, most of the songs seem to build and build into a great climax. The songs on the album flow together very well to give the album the feel of a complete work of art. This isn't really an album where I will be able to pick out my favorite songs and talk about them individually, this album is meant to be listened to straight through from beginning to end. Musically, Weather Systems has many layers of instrumentation, creating a real depth to the music. Both Vincent Cavanagh and Lee Douglas deliver incredibly beautiful vocal performances throughout the album.
I read a few negative reviews on here that complained that the songs were too boring or too pop-oriented, which to me seem to be complaints that are at odds with each other. I'll concede that the songs on Weather Systems tend not to have big catchy choruses and strong hooks. If that is what you're looking for, then yes, maybe you might consider the music to be boring. Weather Systems is more about immersing yourself in the mood that music creates rather than giving you something to sing along to or nod your head to. As for the complaint about sounding too poppy, I do not get that at all. Perhaps the album is "poppy" in that it is very well produced and sounds crystal clear. However, the main component of pop music is the strong hook, which as I stated before is absent from this album.Read more ›
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I'm not sure why exactly this album was recommended to me by progressive rock fans. This sounds nothing like the more modern prog bands such as Marillion or Dream Theater. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bryan
another masterpiece! can't say enough about the professional composition, the emotion it releases, it sweeps you along! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sigrid Braeckeveldt
Great music and great musicianship!
If Anathema is no longer making heavy doom music, they are still writing incredible songs!
I bought this album after being drawn in by Anathema's dark masterpiece, Judgement. Right from the get go, with the openers Untouchable Pt 1 and Pt 2, it is clear that this is an... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bryan Chu
As a long time fan I have felt that Judgement was a perfect album...down to the placement of every cymbal crash. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jason