7th May 2010, this was the date that I saw Anathema live for the first time in İstanbul. I was with my best friend, a big Anathema fan back then. It was her birthday one day before the gig. What could be a better birthday gift than seeing Anathema live? We were younger, full of despair and sorrow and Anathema was there talking to our broken hearts. We were little Angelicas. For 7 years, I could never forget the painful face of that blond young man who was deeply crying after the concert in the subway.
Anathema was founded in 1990 in Liverpool. They have transformed into progressive rock from doom and gothic metal over years. Their latest album The Optimist was released this year. The album follows the concept of A Fine Day to Exit album.
Support band of the night was Alcest, French band founded in 2000 as a black metal and changed its sound over time to more post-rock and shogaze. This truly atmospheric band made everyone fall in love with them if not wwith their music then definitely with their friendly and symphatetic attitude towards the crowd.
7 years after seeing Anathema for the first time, here I am in Tallinn and the same band is in the stage. Band members look older. Their music sounds more mature and different than before. Despair is still there though. I feel like there is another band on the stage than the one I have seen 7 years ago. The difference in their sound is unbelievable yet beautiful. There is slightly more joy in the crowd this time. People are bouncing their bodies back and forth. Noone is crying. It is more like a deep meditation where a venue full of people watching the mesmerizing images flowing behind the stage.
Anathema continues its tour during November and December. Don’t forget to check their website to see if they are having a concert close to you!