Who is the optimist? Elements of our psyche? Of yours? The part of us that secretly yearns for escape? For meaning? For a reason? Would you like to know more? Well why don’t you come and find out?
Daniel Cavanagh, Anathema

Anathema, recording artists of Peaceville sister label Kscope, following a phenomenal set at last weekend’s Download Festival, have announced their headline tour of the UK in September, in support of their brand new album The Optimist. They’ll be heading to Glasgow, Belfast, Dublin, Manchester, Sheffield, Bristol, Exeter and London where they will be joined by be accompanied by French blackgaze pioneers Alcest.

For all live shows (incl. summer festivals, headline tours in Latin America, North America, Europe & Australia) plus ticket details head to https://www.facebook.com/anathemamusic

Anathema’s eleventh full-length The Optimist was released on 9th June through Kscope, where the ambient rockers revealed some of the darkest, most challenging and unexpected music the sextet have put their name to and has garnered some incredible reviews.

Anathema recorded The Optimist in the winter of 2016 at Castle Of Doom studios in Glasgow with producer Tony Doogan [Mogwai, Belle & Sebastian, Super Furry Animals] at the helm and was mastered at the legendary Abbey Road Studios.

“The album of their career thus far.” Prog Magazine – Album Of The Month
“The Optimist showcases the blissful chemistry that now exists within this particular line up” Classic Rock Magazine
“The Optimist delivers on every level” Metal Hammer Magazine
“‘a band finding new ways to be magnificent so far into their career” Kerrang! Magazine
“One gorgeous Artrock pearl string to another…the intensity and the narrative are so enthralling and coherent as they haven´t been for years…” Rock Hard DE
“It whirs and shimmers combined with wide instrumental parts (Springfield) which seem to extend to the horizon…a record for every circumstances / living situations.” Metal Hammer DE
“Hard to resist to Anathema’s wealth music which seduces above all by its unique beauty, its depth and more, its unfailing authenticity. ” Rock Hard France
“Everything you can expect from Anathema: long intermezzo’s, brightly produced and beautiful melodies” Aardschok NL
“Along with the great songwriting is the epic vocal performances and the stunning production. Needless to say, this album is about as close to perfect as anything that’s come out in 2017 so far.” Ultimate Guitar

Fans can check out the song “Springfield”: