From Pagan Angel to Anathema: STARMUS 2016 Featured Performers

Updated: May 28

Reading the history of the band Anathema is a course in music history in and of itself. Started in 1990 under the name Pagan Angel, it was a death-doom band whose core was the Cavanagh siblings—Vincent, Daniel, and Jamie. The continual evolution morphed the name from Pagan Angel to Anathema, and the sound from death-doom to alternative.

I first listened to the band when they showed up on the program for STARMUS 2016. Two of the Cavanaghs—Vincent and Daniel—are still with the band. They are joined by John and Lee Douglas and Daniel Cardosa. Anathema band at a concert in Mega Club in Katowice, Poland 2004. From left: Les Smith; Daniel, Vincent & Jamie Cavanagh.


Image under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license. Courtesy of Krzysztof Raś.

Ariel, from the album Distant Satellites, and Thin Air, from A Sort of Homecoming, convinced me that the music at STARMUS will be stellar!  Check them out on iTunes.


Ariel

I found you in the dark Don't leave me here Don't leave me staring at the sun Love is so strong, that it hurts I dreamed of you in the dark You spoke to me from afar What you mean to me is clear And I'll always be near I found you in the dark Don't leave me here Don't leave me staring at the sun Love is so strong, that it hurts Look into your eyes See my life's defined Look into your eyes See a heart of mine

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