Last Saturday a long awaited dream came through. For at least 10 years I am a huge fan of the British Anathema. I was one of those who were very excited about their “we’re here because we’re here” album and when I heard they were playing in Paradiso I immediately bought tickets. Shortly after that moment they announced “weather systems”.

The evening started at 7pm with the band Amplifier. After forty-five minutes they left the stage and the wait began. In between we could enjoy the atmosphere from the great Paradiso when suddenly the sound became louder and A New Machine #1 scattered through the speakers. It has begun.

From the very first tones it was clear that this was going to be a very special evening. Anathema had prepared a very nice set which contained as well songs from Alternative 4 to their latest work. Highlights of the evening for me were Deep, and everything from Judgement. This is the album that got me into Anathema. They played one after another highlight, and when Internal Landscapes was played we knew that this was it. But they continued with the epic songs Closer and A Natural Disaster.

At last they started Shroud of False and I got shivers down my spine, it was immediately followed by Fragile Dreams. And that was it, my first live Anathema experience, and it was awesome. Next time I’ll be there again. For now, turn on the cd’s.

  • A New Machine (Part 1)
  • Untouchable, Part 1
  • Untouchable, Part 2
  • Lightning Song
  • Thin Air
  • Dreaming Light
  • Deep
  • Emotional Winter
  • Wings of God
  • A Simple Mistake
  • The Storm Before the Calm
  • The Beginning and the End
  • Universal
  • Panic
  • The Lost Child
  • Internal Landscapes
  • Closer
  • A Natural Disaster
  • Flying
  • Shroud of False
  • Fragile Dreams

Door Kasper