Anathema is a band from Liverpool, England primarily known as one of the pioneering and leading death/doom metal acts, incorporating growling, poetic lyrics and complex arrangements into the traditional doom riffage. Later in their career, beginning with “Eternity”, they moved away from this sound into more melodic, atmospheric rock.
Anathema formed in 1990 as a doom metal band, initially under the name ‘Pagan Angel’. In November of that year, the band recorded their first demo, entitled “An Iliad of Woes”. This demo caught the attention of several bands from the English metal scene, allowing Anathema to play gigs with bands like Bolt Thrower and Paradise Lost.
At the beginning of 1991, the band adopted its current name, and gained a lot of attention with the release of their second demo entitled “All Faith Is Lost”, resulting in a four-album deal with Peaceville Records. Their first release under the label was “The Crestfallen EP” in November 1992. They took the material from that album on the road, touring with Cannibal Corpse.
Serenades, Anathema’s debut LP, attracted a lot of mainstream attention, propelling their “Sweet Tears” music video onto the MTV playlist.
Anathema’s first European tour was in 1994, and was closely followed by gigs at the Independent Rock Festival in Brazil.