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Weather Systems

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  • Vinyl (May 8, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: The End Records
  • ASIN: B007LNJ5RI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,329 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Untouchable, part 1
2. Untouchable, part 2
3. The Gathering of the Clouds
4. Lightning Song
5. Sunlight
6. The Storm Before the Calm
7. The Beginning and the End
8. The Lost Child
9. Internal Landscapes

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2LP in Gatefold Jacket includes Huge 11x11 24page color photo/lyric Book and digital download card, limited to 1000 units

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ? album of the year.. May 30, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Stumbled across Britain's Anathema 3 years ago. Like Porcupine Tree and vaguely similar bands, inevitably put in the "Metal " racks. Thank the contemporary music deities for Amazon.

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.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece April 26, 2012
Format:Audio CD
At first listen, Weather Systems confused me. I did not enjoy the record, I found one or two songs I liked and that was it.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Let me just say, I've bought a lot of CDs. Over the years, I've bought so many I can't even remember who they were from.

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.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My first review.. of a beautiful album. April 26, 2012
By opopbon
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've been Anathema fan for awhile but this album takes the cake. I have never been so emotionally floored by music before. I don't know really way to say...buy it..hear it...get lost in it...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jaw Dropping October 30, 2012
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Old Prog Lover here is new to Anathema. After reading other reviews I decided to check them out as it appears they have gone through a bit of a transition over the last few years, moving away from post metal to more of a crossover prog sound, not unlike Mostly Autumn and The Reasoning (the comparisons deserve mention due to Anathema's female vocalist Lee Douglas)

Well, as profanity is frowned upon at Amazon I can only state that after my first listen I thought: "What the ---- did I just hear?! After I picked my jaw up off of the floor and listened to "Weather Systems" a second time, I realized that not only had my ears NOT deceived me, but my initial impression was correct. This work totally and completely blew me away! The music on WS virtually soars. What struck me right off was the superb vocals of Vincent Cavanaugh and Lee Douglas. Man! Can they sing! Their vocals bring an intensity to the music on Weather Systems that sent chills down my spine. TIP: Listen to it LOUD!

Props have to go to a reviewer (AccessDenied?)who mentioned it plays best if considered as one continuous piece of music. I down loaded it and took out all the pauses between tracks. It plays like a contemporary symphony with movements and crescendos. A stunning piece of work. Put this in the same category as Sylvan's masterpiece "Posthumous Silence" and Dream Theater's "Metropolis Part 2" where the work may be played as a whole yet still have the individual songs stand easily on their own. Like the two above mentioned works, WS moves between quieter moments, will bring in strings for a bit more of a symphonic sound yet still not be afraid to thrash out a bit to lend a harder edge to the music.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Can listen from start to finish
I learned about them thanks to HIM touring with them. And for that I am forever grateful for the reason
Published 21 days ago by Rosikitty
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Classic
Some say it is their best, even the band does. I have to rate it as good as A Natural Disaster at least, which is my favorite by them.
Published 1 month ago by Sparky
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily one of the greatest, most powerful modern records of our time!
I’m a huge fan of progressive rock and have always adored albums that feel like one continuous track. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Nevereverender
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally, visually, and sonically great album
Most excellent album. I haven't listened to Anathema since the early days... and frankly I didn't care for it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Timothy Rupright
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoying this one a lot!
Wouldn't give it album of the year but it's close! I hesitated to purchase this but have really enjoyed the tracks, they have grown on me a lot and this is a solid band with great... Read more
Published 7 months ago by A. Lowell
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow Anathema great artist and put on a great show
Good cd, It's different from their older albums but great concert last night in at the Gramercy theater in NYC
Published 7 months ago by Ricardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Anathema - Keeps Getting Better
Anathema are a band that continue to put out some of the best progressive rock being delivered by anyone today. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Steven Sly
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
This is, simply put, a beautiful album. At times it sounds to me like something Steven Wilson would have done. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Tim Akin
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful and Emotive....
Stunning album, beautifully crafted and absolutely worth every penny.....talented and skilled musicians and wonderfully produced. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Rivendell
3.0 out of 5 stars Opposing Thoughts
I've come very late to the party on the newest Anathema album. The only prior exposure I've had to this band is one of their earlier albums but it was enough to show me what... Read more
Published 9 months ago by VIN
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