Fans of Anathema are a cult on to themselves. Imagine following a band for 8 years, a band that most people react to with an indifferent `who'. Play one of their songs for the average listener and the comparisons will flow - Dream theatre, Type O negative, Kurt Kobain, and so on, that totally forget to give them credit for their own unique sound. Their lyrics sometimes make Kurt sound like a cheerleader on uppers, and their music is always distinctively, brooding in a Heathcliffe, gothic kind of way. Sometimes lushly lyrical and sometimes with emotions expressed in a spare, esoteric manner, Anathema can be impossibly nuanced, but you have to buy into their music because it is not mainstream, and not even the sort that people will instinctively like. Anathema fans are born, not made, and they are the sorts who dress in black, read Herman Hesse and scoff at Mainstream rock.