(9/10) "A Sort of Home Coming" is an impressive audio and video document of a group of musicians that started years and years ago as a doom band that came with quite some death metal influences. After such an entry into music Anathema moved step by step towards progressive rock and in the meantime they are belonging to the spearhead of modern prog and the guys from Liverpool cast a spell over fans of this genre.
The show that is captured for this release took place on March 7th, 2015 in their hometown. The impressive Liverpool Anglican Cathedral was chosen to be the scenery for this stunning concert that shows the band at its best.
The setlist of this unique event covers 15 songs with a focus on the last two studio records, "Distant Satellite" album and "Weather Systems". But Anathema goes also back in time with e.g. "Fragile Dreams", taken from the 1998 published longplayer "Alternative 4".
It goes without saying that a show in such an environment is a very emotional moment. The acoustic versions of each of the tunes is touching. This live release is more than just a show that is filmed, recorded and published. "A Sort of Home Coming" is a musical thank you to the band's hometown and a pleasurable moment for each of the fans that had the chance to see this event live and in real.
Blessedly the CD/DVD version gives a bigger audience the chance to dive into a world of melodies, harmonies and big soundscapes. Lasse Hoile, as director, Christer-Andre Cederberg as producer and Bruce Soord, who did the engineering have done a great job.
The DVD is a great experience to watch and see, while the CD version invites for closing your eyes with your earphones on, just to dream away the moment.
- The Lost Song, Part 2
- Untouchable, Part 1
- Untouchable, Part 2
- Thin Air
- Dreaming Light
- Temporary Peace
- The Beginning And The End
- Ditant Satelittes
- Take Shelter
- Internal Landscapes
- A Natural Distaster
- Fragile Dreams
Genre: Prog Rock
Release Date EU: October 30st, 2015