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ANATHEMA HAVE FORGED A BOLD CAREER PATH BASED ON FEARLESS EXPERIMENTATION. THE SCOUSERS’ NEW ALBUM IS ENTITLED ‘THE OPTIMIST’, BUT IT’S ANYTHING BUT A ROSY TA LE. TERRORI ZER CAUGHT UP WITH GUITARIST/KEYBOARDIST DANNY CAVANAGH TO HEAR ALL ABOUT IT.

ANATHEMA

Charming and self-deprecating, Danny Cavanagh is a million miles removed from the typical egomaniac rock star, with their soundbites about ‘musical experimentation’ and their new work being ‘the most personal yet’. Passionate, engaging and disarmingly sincere, Danny talks honestly about overcoming bouts of crippling depression and the love for his young daughter who can be heard on the end of the album singing with her father on the touching ‘Back To The Start’. A man who overcame an impoverished early life to forge a career in one of Britain’s boldest acts, Danny left the rough estates of Liverpool behind him many years ago, but he’s in touch with his roots and it’s clear that money is never his primary motivation.

“I remember [Earache founder] Digby Pearson saying when we signed to Peaceville that he knows all bands are poor but he never saw the levels of poverty that we came from,” he recalls. “We had nothing but our guitars. Anything we’ve got, we earnt. People can say we sold out, but if we had sold out we’d have stayed a gothic metal band, writing formulaic songs like all the formulaic bands out there making money.”

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I can still recall the phone call I had from Earache’s label manager Dan about this incredibly awesome Polish band the label had just signed called Decapitated. The enthusiasm that he conveyed down the phone line was infectious and although I was working for a more mainstream metal/rock mag at the time, and bands like Decapitated were on the periphery of the magazine’s demographic, I was excited to check them out. Sure enough the sheer power, professionalism and technical brilliance that pummelled out of the office speakers was enough to have me (and the office) hooked in a nanosecond. That was, of course, back in 2000 when Decapitated had just released their incredible (and still awesome) ‘Winds Of Creation’. Fast-forward seventeen years and even though Lady Luck has not, in many ways, been on the band’s side, Decapitated have continued to push their own creative boundaries and their new album ‘Anticult’ is testament to this. It’s a pleasure to have them grace Terrorizer’s new cover and we hope you enjoy reading about the album’s creation and everything that’s been going on in their world. Elsewhere, we’ve put all our collective blood, sweat, tears and breakdowns into ensuring we have all bases covered in the extreme world. It’s a volatile time right now, but music continues to bring plenty of pleasure, so indulge in it as much as you can! See you next month! Darren Sadler
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