Legendary French symphonic gothic/doom metal band Anthemon finally released their discography officially via streaming platforms!

Anthemon live picture from 2003

Legendary French symphonic gothic/doom metal band Anthemon released their whole discography first time ever on streaming services via Finnish Inverse Records. The band was formed in January 1997 and they disbanded in 2007. During their active time they successfully released one demo, one EP and three full-length albums and one demo recording ‘The Aloïs Demos’ which was never officially released because of split up. 

LISTEN Anthemon releases on streaming services: https://push.fm/fl/anthemon

The band members comment:

“More than 15 years after the demise of the band, ANTHEMON can see its music made available again, thanks to the initiative of Inverse Records, without whom we, the former members, probably wouldn’t even have thought of offering it to the audience again. We actually failed to realise that there might be some demand for it.

If I am today playing in MONOLITHE, whose notoriety greatly exceeds what  ANTHEMON achieved at the time, that entity still retains a very special place in my memory. This is the first band with which I recorded a collection of songs and released it. This is the band with which I learned to compose. This is the band I first got acclaimed on stage with, with people in the audience singing the lyrics. This is the band with which I learned the perks of the music business: its joys, disappointments and betrayals. This is also the band with which I learned the notion of leadership and personality management! And it is also the band with which I expressed, sometimes clumsily, sometimes successfully, musical emotions that were really close to my heart at the time.

I remember everything about this band. From the first meeting with Marc, with whom we have always formed the hard core of ANTHEMON. I remember the first awkward and stammering compositions, the search for a line-up, the musicians who came and left, the first nervously executed gig, the recording of our first demo, the arrival of AlexNicolasNathalieLoïcDavidLudovic…. The friendship with other French bands, such as The OLD DEAD TREE. The trip to northern Finland to mix “Arcanes”, then “Dystopia”. The crazy idea behind “Kadavreski”. The pride of listening to those albums all together for the first time once they were completed…

All this period of time, my youth, my training as musicians and as a man, exists in my memory, in our collective band memory, and especially through the legacy that remains, namely this demo, this EP and these 3 albums of which I remain extremely proud today.

Sylvain Begot
April 2023.

Anthemon has been an important step in my life as a man and a musician, with its ups, downs, regrets, laughter, tears and encounters. I am and will always be very proud of all that we have accomplished during the 10 years of the band’s life.

I thank Inverse Records for giving Anthemon the opportunity to be distributed to as many people as possible via streaming platforms and thus giving it a second life. Finally, I send my regards to all those who have been part of the history of the band, from the beginning to the end.

Marc Canlers
April 2023.

We are thankful towards Inverse records to continue the legacy of Anthemon on a large set of streaming platforms, making it possible for new listeners to explore our sound.

Anthemon was a journey for young unexperienced musicians and people who have grown together. We always tried not to repeat ourselves and you will find that some of our releases sound either glacial, mournful, or intricate, as they reflected our feelings and what we experienced in our lives at that time. For all of these reasons, Anthemon will always be an important period of my life and I hope our music will also resonate in other people’s minds.

Alexandre Kohler
April 2023.

The Anthemon adventure was, first of all, extremely enriching should it be on the musical side or on the human side of things. Those guys were professional, diligent and full of experience! I am and will always be very proud of everything this band has given me! Yes it was a lot of work and musical challenges, but also moments of fun and the pleasure of playing good music all together! Thanks, guys !

Ludovic Rouix
April 2023.

I realise that I have not written this name for more than 10 years; and yet I have not forgotten anything. Anthemon was an enriching experience for me, on both human and musical levels.

Beyond that, I was surprised by the discipline and organisational skills that prevailed within the band when I joined. I remember a sentence written in a famous magazine during the promotion of our second album, “Dystopia »: “Society I hate you”! We were actually seen as rebels by some but the truth is that we got up early every Sunday morning to go to rehearsal, always remaining in a good mood and never devoid of humour. Thank you to all those who made this band alive and made this beautiful adventure possible. I will never forget those years because Anthemon is a flower that never fades away!

Sébastien Latour
April 2023. 

Talvi (2000)
01. Talvi
02. Floating Further
03. Shroud of Frost
04. Withered Smile
05. Against the Emptiness
06. …Longer than Life
07. Der Todesking
08. At Dusk… (Bonus Track Nocturnal Contemplations Demo 1998)
09. Nocturnal Contemplation (Bonus Track Nocturnal Contemplations Demo 1998)
10. Blood as a Flower (Bonus Track Nocturnal Contemplations Demo 1998)
11. The Dark Lights (Bonus Track Nocturnal Contemplations Demo 1998)
12. Coming Back to Life (My Third Birth) (Bonus Track Nocturnal Contemplations Demo 1998)
In November 2000, “Talvi” (“Winter” in Finnish), a 7 titles MCD, which reveals wider influences than the previous release, comes to life. With this EP, the band earns a consequent reputation thanks to the good overall reception of both the press and the audience.

Nocturnal Contemplations demo from 1998 is added as bonus to this 2023 release.  
Arcanes (2003)
01. Anthemon Anthem (Introduction)
02. No Rest No Peace
03. Semen
04. Keep Dying
05. Another I
06. Parody of Man
07. Forgotten (Interlude instrumentale)
08. Reed
09. Meaningless
10. Never Born Forever Dead
11. Arcanes
The album is released in February 2003.
“Arcanes” is the beginning of the collaboration of Anthemon with Ahti Kortelainen (Tico-Tico Studio, Finland), offering for the first time a production of international standard to the band.
With “Arcanes”, Anthemon is perceived as a skilled band, able to propose a personal music which draws the best of different musical styles to get a coherent and new mixture.
Dystopia (2004)
01. Above Us
02. Foretell Omega
03. Chatter of the Tube
04. Recall the Absence
05. Tuned to a Dead Channel
06. La chute de l’architecte
07. Manifold of…
08. Serene Eves

“Dystopia” is released in November 2004. The album shows a huge leap forward for the band. By mixing their vast panel of influences through a more progressive, a darker, and an increasingly personal music, the members of the band won the bet to describe the terrible world created in the lyrics, where freedom of men is nothing but an illusion.
Kadavreski (2005)
1. Kadavreski
2. Print of the Sand Glass
3. All Is Cyclical
4. Weight of the Feather
5. Weight of the Feather (Orchestral Version Bonus track)
 In early 2005, Anthemon starts the work on a new album, which is released on November of the same year. The successor of “Dystopia”, carrying the curious title of “Kadavreski” (contraction of “Cadavre Exquis”(exquisite corpse)), the band goes on with its search for symbiosis of multiple influences.
By proposing 4 titles, one of them lasting 23 minutes, divided into A Side and B side as some tribute to the progressive rock giants of the seventies, this new album shows Anthemon at its progressive peak. Very melodic and abundant in arrangements, “Kadavreski” is distinguished from its predecessors from his larger stylistic variety and an overall more violent and darker approach.

The Aloïs Demos (2013)

  1. Old Men & Moons
  2. Ink Black Life Lines
  3. When Passion Became a Scar
  4. Through the Shockwave
  5. Consent of Failure
  6. Knowledge Provided Clarity
  7. Genesis of a Renewal
  8. The Nowhere Trip
  9. The Unperfect Mechanics
  10. Twists of History
  11. No Flaring Horizons

While being seriously crestfallen, Anthemon then opens up a new chapter of its career by working on a new album titled “Aloïs”. The record is a concept album on the life of a fictional genius scientist Aloïs Martel. Unfortunately, the departure of singer Loïc Malassagne and the impossibility to find a suitable replacement tolled the end of the band. Annoyed by the multiple difficulties and line-up changes, the members of Anthemon decide to put it to rest.

Demos recorded during the album’s composition period are made available on Bandcamp in 2013. These tracks are now remastered by Marc Canlers in March 2023.




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