After three years, Anathema returns with their latest album The Optimist which contains some of their most challenging, darkest, and unanticipated material. Using a technique that captures the powerful emotion of a performance, Anathema has returned to recording as a live band for The Optimist. Producer Tony Doogan takes the helm during the winter of 2016 at both Attica Studio in Donegal and Castle of Doom Studios in Glasgow where his influence instantly became tangible.
Bruce Soord subsequently created the 5.1 mix with mastering by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road Studios in London. The Blu-ray edition reviewed here contains a DTS Lossless 24bit / 96kHz 5.1 surround sound version and a hi-res stereo 24bit / 96kHz LPCM version. Also available as a CD / DVD set, on vinyl or as a Deluxe Edition containing bonus material and both a DVD and Blu-ray disc for fans who want it all.