Anathema Release 'A Fine Day To Exit' October 9th


Not blessed, or merciful
Apr 11, 2001
Sarf Lundin, Innit
Having performed as the first night headlining act at this year's Milwaukee Metalfest XV, the ethereal English rock band ANATHEMA is prepared to unveil its latest masterpiece, 'A Fine Day To Exit' through KOCH Records on October 9th.

It could be said that this new album has been 12 years in the making. ANATHEMA has made the album that it was always destined to. This is the band's sixth full-length studio album, and with each release ANATHEMA honed its distinctive sound to a climax of absolute perfection. The current lineup currently consists of vocalist/guitarist Vincent Cavanagh, guitarist Danny Cavanagh, keyboardist Les Smith and drummer John Douglas. Adding a depth and intensity never previously realized, the album was produced by Nick Griffiths (Pink Floyd, Mansun, Cast, Roger Waters) and was recorded at The Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire during spring/summer 2001.

Guitarist Danny Cavanagh expresses the band's maturing: "The production is different this time...the music is more varied. Our work is definitely a group effort, but it's also a combination of individual work. The creativity is much more widespread…it's tranquil at times, more mature & diverse and the lyrics are further advanced from anything we've previously done. We've really really tried to push the envelope with this one."

'A Fine Day To Exit' is a collection of beautiful, powerful masterpieces performed with feeling and intelligence. From the opening piano chords of "Pressure", whose Radiohead influence cannot be ignored, through the maniacal insanity of "Panic" ('I can feel my chest pushing inwards, sucking through my skin into my brain'), to the heartfelt closing track "Temporary Peace", 'A Fine Day To Exit' will undoubtedly find its way into the hall of fame alongside the albums of bands whose existence triggered the chain of events that resulted in this classic album.

"Our sound has gone through a metamorphosis through every album. But I think the best bands really do go through style changes over time, like The Beatles, Pink Floyd, etc. They changed their songs, sound and ideas with each album. I'm not saying that we're as good as those bands, but I think we're on the right track," muses Cavanagh.

ANATHEMA has long since been known as one of the most incredible live bands to materialize from the UK, and is consistently asked to headline festivals around Europe and America. With the release of 'A Fine Day To Exit', ANATHEMA will certainly achieve worldwide recognition.

In expectation for the band to follow-up its mesmerizing Milwaukee Metalfest performance, Cavanagh is eager to come back: "The ideal thing would be to get a great support tour in support of a really superb band. We have to wait to see how things develop. It's a really good sound to circulate to America. There are a couple songs that are radio-friendly, but it's still very melancholic; but so was O.K. Computer [Radiohead]. Our music is definitely designed to be experienced live."

'A Fine Day To Exit' hits stores October 9th.
I've heard the tracks Pressure, Underworld and Panic and I can say this is really the most easy-listening, yet difficult (?!) Anathema album.
Which is nothing less than a masterpiece.

The artwork is really cool.