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3.39 | 54 ratings | 4 reviews | 39% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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DVD/Video, released in 2004

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Intro: Childhood Dreams
2. Balance
3. Closer
4. Pressure
5. Release
6. Forgoten Hopes
7. Destiny Is Dead
8. Are You There?
9. One Last Goodbye
10. Pulled Under At 2000 Metres A Second
11. Parisienne Moonlight
12. A Natural Disaster
13. Judgement
14. Panic
15. Temporary Peace
16. Flying

Total Time: 109 minutes

Line-up / Musicians

- Vincent Cavanagh / vocals, guitars
- Daniel "Danny" Cavanagh / guitars
- Jamie Cavanagh / bass
- John Douglas / drums
- Les Smith / keyboards

Releases information

acoustic performance with a string quartet
'Pressure' video
'Release' live in London
'A Natural Disaster' live in Hamburg

DVDMFN24 2004

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ANATHEMA Were You There live ratings distribution

(54 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(39%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(39%)
Good, but non-essential (15%)
Collectors/fans only (4%)
Poor. Only for completionists (4%)

ANATHEMA Were You There live reviews

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Review by Finnforest
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3 stars Beautifully shot, moody rock show

A stylish and effective concert video from a show in Krakow covering material from the band's previous three studio albums. Without question this is one of the most beautifully shot live shows you will ever see, it simply glows with a radiance as spectacular as the hues in the sky at dusk. There are no cheater special effects, just very good photography bathed in gorgeous glowing multi-colored lighting. Clear and crisp in one setting or hazy in another as desired by the band. The coolest part is the way they got the various colored lights to melt into the inanimate objects on the stage, and then film them in such a way that the objects/instruments take on a sort of otherworldly appearance, like a modern painting or something. There was no other stage "show" to speak of, just the gorgeous lighting was enough to compliment the music.

The music performed was a mixed bag for me. There are times when Anathema's style of atmospheric tribal electronica would work perfectly, the pulsing beats and bass stretched out below poignant vocals and delightful guitar brushstrokes taking you to near trance. But there are also just as many moments where their material gets perilously close to cookie-cutter for me: the trippy opening followed by the tender vocal and strummed acoustic, proceeding to the semi-metallic thrash portion leading back to part B and then to part A, song over, repeat. They are highly professional and certainly passionate players and I enjoyed the show but I honestly only appreciate about 50% of their material. Thus my recommendation is there for fans certainly, and for anyone who likes bands like Radiohead, Oceansize, or lighter metal with spacey electronic elements. As always, the Pink Floyd comparisons are dodgy at best. Except for the lighting which was every bit as beautiful as what Gilmour just pulled off in "Remember That Night."

Latest members reviews

1 stars Let's cut to the chase: this dvd is deadly cold and boring. I saw Anathema live in 2007, and they are the opposite as shown in the DVD. I remember a band deep and emotional, enjoying every single second on stage, with the Cavanagh brothers always moving, headbanging, cheering the crowd, talking ... (read more)

Report this review (#231125) | Posted by pepato | Wednesday, August 12, 2009 | Review Permanlink

3 stars This DVD presents Anathema live in Krakow, Poland, January 2004 during the tour for their seventh album, A Natural Disaster. Additionally, a live acoustic performance assisted by a string quartet filmed in the band's hometown of Liverpool, England, a promotional video for the song "Pressure", ... (read more)

Report this review (#86006) | Posted by bleak | Sunday, August 6, 2006 | Review Permanlink

3 stars actually it's the only video/live stuff available by "non-metal"Anathema..many songs come from the last album "A natural disaster", but there are some pieces from the last three albums as well it's surely a precious release for fans of the band but some imprecisons and mistakes during the exec ... (read more)

Report this review (#39798) | Posted by lukretio | Tuesday, July 19, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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