Formed in Liverpool, England, in the summer of 1990, by brothers Daniel (guitar) and Vincent Cavanagh (vocals), doom metal band Anathemas early albums owed much to early 70s Black Sabbath, most notably with their preference for low, ominous riffs. Combined with the influence of 90s death metal, particularly the abrasive guitar and vocals, Anathema were heralded as one of the leading exponents of a new style of doom metal. Line-up changes in the late 90s saw them moving away from the brutal noise of their earlier work, however, adopting a mellower sound to complement the poetic romanticism of their lyrics.
Anathemas early recordings featured the occasional use of the angelic tones of a female vocalist, Ruth, to complement lead singer Darren White, with Duncan Patterson (bass) and John Douglas (drums) rounding out the line-up. The results of this odd hybrid were surprisingly effective and Anathema built up a strong cult following...
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