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"Anathema" are an English band from the city of Liverpool, who - together with Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride - helped develop the doom death genre.

Anathema was formed in the year of 1990 under the name of Pagan Angel and in November of that year, the band recorded their first demo, entitled ''An Iliad of Woes''. The switching of names occurred at the beginning of 1991.

Their initial demo caught the attention of a couple of bands from the English metal scene and Anathema then began to play gigs with bands such as Bolt Thrower and Paradise Lost.

The band gained a lot of attention with the release of their second demo - entitled ''All Faith Is Lost'' - which landed Anathema a four-album deal with Peaceville Records. Their first release under the label was ''The Crestfallen'' EP in November 1992. With the material from that album, the band toured with Cannibal Corpse.

''Serenades'' - Anathema's debut LP - attracted a lot of mainstream attention. A music video for the track "Sweet Tears" even received some airplay from MTV.

1994 was the year of Anathema's first European tour, which was closely followed by gigs in the Independent Rock Festival in Brazil. <...

years active 1990–present
status Active
origin England
music genre Doom metal
Alternative rock
current members Vincent Cavanagh
Daniel Cavanagh
Jamie Cavanagh
Les Smith
John Douglas (musician)
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