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  • Audio CD (10 Jun. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: K-Scope
  • ASIN: B00JRMDDQU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,275 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Distant Satellites is the highly anticipated follow up to ANATHEMA's critically acclaimed 2012's Weather Systems and last year's stunning concert film Universal directed by Lasse Hoile. distant satellites was recorded at Cederberg Studios in Oslo with favoured producer Christer-André Cederberg. Alongside additional mixing by Grammy Nominated Steven Wilson, ANATHEMA also brought in the legendary services of Dave Stewart (Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson) to create the new album's extraordinary orchestral arrangements. Distant Satellites will be instantly recognisable to ANATHEMA's global army of ardent disciples as another chapter in this band's remarkable story. With a few strides into uncharted territory, not least the electronica-driven surge of the album's stunning title track, distant satellites will surely be recognised as not only their finest album to date but as one of the most celebrated and lauded albums of 2014.

The album is being released as a 3 Disc Deluxe 44 page hardback book in rigid slipcase (CD 2 x DVD-V) which features the studio album DTS 5.1 Surround / Dolby AC3 5.1 Surround / 48/24 Stereo LPCM DVD-V mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth) & Making Of 'distant satellites' DVD all housed in 44 page heavyweight hardback book

CD

1. The Lost Song part 1 (5:54)
2. The Lost Song part 2 (5:45)
3. Dusk (dark is descending) (6:00)
4. Ariel (6:29)
5. The Lost Song part 3 (5:22)
6. Anathema (6:41)
7. You're Not Alone (3:27)
8. Firelight (2:43)
9. Distant Satellites (8:18)
10. Take Shelter (6:07)

DVD

Distant Satellites 5.1 (mixed by Jens Bogren) / 24-bit Hi-Res Stereo

DVD-V

The making of Distant Satellites

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Why do people always rush to brandish a new album as a masterpiece, surely they've learned by now that the best albums are the ones that take time to explore and months later you're still hearing new things. This album I suspect will be much the same.

I'm a long term fan of Anathema, musically I've grown in parallel with this band. I love their music and I love that fact that their music nearly always takes time to sink in and take hold.

Every time I hear a new release by Anathema it feels like they've moved in a slightly different direction. It usually jars at first before finally getting under my skin and ending up being my favourite album for some considerable time. Whether Distant Satellites will or not, I guess I'll have to be patient and wait to find out. Even Weather Systems took time for me to fully appreciate.

As for the Christina (three stars), I fully agree with you that people have been either very quick to praise or brand it boring (how you can say that within 24 hours of an album's release bemuses me). It is however a bit patronising to suggest that the people who loved the previous album were new to Anathema, and I fully disagree that it sounded as though We're here... was a B-sides album.

I'll leave the detailed descriptions of the album to others, personally I believe people should listen and make up their own minds, we all hear albums slightly differently. What I will say is that this does strike me as another grower which requires you to invest time in order to get the most from it. Some of the earlier tracks are of a similar style to Weather Systems (i.e. Ariel with it duet) however the more digital production on the latter tracks leads the listener somewhere new.
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The first six tracks on this album continue where Weather Systems left off. The vocals are very dramatic and each song reaches a crescendo with both Vincent Cavanagh and Lee Douglas complimenting each other superbly. Highlights, in this respect, are 'Lost Song Part 1' and 'Ariel'.There is a greater emphasis on the acoustic piano (always a million times better that a electric one) and orchestral arrangements, both helping to build an album developing into one of intense beauty, with real feeling. Only the track 'Anathema' sees Danny Cavanagh unleashing a guitar solo.Then it all goes horribly wrong with the awful 'Your Not Alone' which destroys all before with its techno/ambient beat that is both self-indulgent and frankly not very good. 'Firelight' rescues the album momentarily with its church-organ inspired intro to the title track 'Distant Satellites'. Now, I have to say at this point this track just about survives the techno treatment but the album-closer 'Take Shelter' is ruined by it and only recovers when the band discover that they have a drummer and the track picks up more conventionally towards the end. Also, Lee Douglas is conspicuous by her absence in the second half of the album. In many respects, there is more of a post OK Computer Radiohead influence working here but I would not like to see Anathema take such a sharp change of direction in pursuit of some needless experimentation that could alienate their growing and appreciative fan base whilst attempting to broaden their appeal. If you like techno/ambient, you probably won't like Anathema so don't buy it. If, like me, you love Anathema buy it, enjoy the first half and see if you can get to grips with the rest.
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I agree with Martyn Hewitt's review. This album starts out as a good continuation from their previous album Weather Systems. Unfortunately the last four or five tracks dissolve into a huge disappointment. Anathema has developed a style to take you on a journey so well executed on Weather Systems, We're Here Because We're Here and others. The haunting vocals of Lee Douglas appear briefly in the first few tracks and then she disappears. The music is generally mushy, gone is the musical crispness of previous albums. Anathema is a tight band with good musicians but this album overplays orchestral strings, there is but one major lead guitar solo on the whole album and the venture into computerised noise, rhythm in the last few tracks is honestly below the standards they should be setting.
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Only got into Anathema by accident while listening to other stuff on youtube.Came across the song Untouchable pt1 and 2 and I was stunned just how good it was.So I bought weather systems album which blew my mind.Went on from there to buy Universal and then we're here because we're here album.All of which are amazing.So Distant Satelite's album.Fantastic stuff yet again.Love all 3 pt's of The lost song,Ariel etc etc.This group deserve a lot more recognition for the stunning music they put out.Well here's to my next arrival which is a sort of homecoming cd+dvd.Totally hooked on these guys and lady.One last thing is that Lee douglas has the most beautiful stunning voice I have ever heard.
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Perhaps it is because I have been listening to Anathema for the last 2 years, the slight change in musical direction (and come on it is slight) doesn't jar with me as it does with others. A band needs to evolve/experiment otherwise surely there would be no challenge or satisfaction to the band. Also, It can lead to greater results in the long run. Yes, Weather Systems is brilliant, but do we really want to listen to a re-hashed version of it? Let's move on! There are tracks on Distant Satellites that sound similar to WS so fine enjoy those to bring back the stirring emotions you had before. But be flexible with the more "modern" tracks because at their heart they are pure Anathema. For me, there is not a track on here that is sub standard and I welcome being able to listen to something different.
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