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Anathema, live at Liverpool Cathedral

Live Review

Venue: Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool

Support: Anna Phoebe

Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral cuts an imposing silhouette on the skyline, a tantalising edifice soon to host the final date of Anathema’s brief acoustic tour, no less an auspicious occasion than their sold out hometown show. Once inside the architecture has to be seen to be believed, so vast is the dramatically detailed masonry that arcs gracefully ever upwards, disappearing into darkness. The stage is dwarfed, standing before a gloriously intricate golden altar. One wonders how violinist Anna Phoebe and Guitarist Nicholas Rizzi [8] can possibly create a sound that will fill such a space, yet they captivate with a relentless performance, virtuoso Phoebe a whirlwind of charisma, Rizzi a stoic anchor around which she careens as the two cast eloquently intricate instrumental spells.

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