Anathema is an English band who, along with Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride, rounded out the "Peaceville Three" and served as a Trope Maker for both Death/Doom and Gothic Metal. Their later stuff moved away from both genres and towards a form of atmospheric rock, with influences from Goth Rock and Progressive Rock.
They formed in 1990 as Pagan Angel, releasing the demo An Iliad of Woes before changing to the current band name. In 1995, vocalist Darren White left the band; rather than find a replacement vocalist, the band appointed guitarist Vincent Cavanagh as vocalist, eventually leading to the Genre Shift.
- Vincent Cavanagh (lead vocals, guitar)
- Daniel Cavanagh (guitar, vocals, keyboards)
- Les Smith (keyboards)
- Jamie Cavanagh (bass)
- John Douglas (drums)
- Lee Douglas (additional vocals)
- Darren White (vocals)
- Duncan Patterson (bass, keyboards)
- Shaun Taylor-Steels (drums)
- Martin Powell (keyboards, violin)
- Dave Pybus (bass)
- Serenades (1993)
- The Silent Enigma (1995)
- Eternity (1996)
- Alternative 4 (1998)
- Judgement (1999)
- A Fine Day to Exit (2001)
- A Natural Disaster (2003)
- We're Here Because We're Here (2010)
Anathema provides examples of the following tropes:
- Death Metal / Doom Metal - Early material.
- Epic Rocking - A fair amount of their material, though they don't abuse this trope as much as other doom bands.
- Genre Shift - Death/doom to atmospheric rock.
- Gothic Metal - Some of the band's early material (particularly Serenades) served as a large influence on the gothic metal genre.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness - Early stuff is 7-9, later stuff is 2-6.