ANUBIS GATE
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Anubis Gate is a progressive power metal band originating from Aalborg, Denmark, formed in 2001 by Jesper M. Jensen (guitars, bass, keyboards) and Morten Sørensen (drums). They recorded a demo between the two of them but needed more members for a full band. Torben Askholm joined the band as a vocalist in 2003 and the group recorded their debut album Purification, which was released in 2004. On this album the band was helped out by Kim Olesen (guitars) and Henrik Fevre (additional vocals/lyrical contributions). Both of these musicians were added to the Anubis Gate line-up full time in 2005, with Fevre taking over bass duties from Jensen. Also contributing to the album was Jacob Hansen, both as a producer and guest musician. Hansen was an ex-band mate of Jensen’s, as they had both played in the thrash metal band Invocator together. Coincidently all the members of Anubis Gate bar Askholm read more...
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.. Album Cover 3.34 | 7 ratings
Purification
Progressive Metal 2004
.. Album Cover 3.86 | 9 ratings
A Perfect Forever
Progressive Metal 2005
.. Album Cover 4.39 | 28 ratings
Andromeda Unchained
Progressive Metal 2007
.. Album Cover 4.34 | 24 ratings
The Detached
Progressive Metal 2009
.. Album Cover 4.31 | 26 ratings
Anubis Gate
Progressive Metal 2011
.. Album Cover 4.33 | 2 ratings
Horizons
Progressive Metal 2014

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.. Album Cover 4.00 | 5 ratings
Sheep
Progressive Metal 2013

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Golden Days
Progressive Metal 2011

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ANUBIS GATE Horizons

Album · 2014 · Progressive Metal
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Dougie
'Destined to Remember' starts the show off with a familiar edge for any of those that have been following the band's releases until now. In 2013, the band released a free digital EP whose centerpiece was an amped up version of Pink Floyd's 'Sheep'. This version of 'Destined to Remember' is a little different to what we were dealt up on the freebie, however in a more enjoyable way to these picky ears.

The band touch on some great melodic heights and have some beautiful ear candy that helps keep the album fresh compared to their corollaries with some lush acoustic sections that remain fresh at all times. The production team of Kim Olesen and Jacob Hansen is strong and commanding with a reasonable amount of dynamics. I initially became aware of their work on label leader Lance King's 2011 'A Moment in Chiros'. I was thoroughly impressed and the depth of the soundstage and the ethereal layers which are omnipresent on this album, although unfortunately not as well executed.

The band's performances shine on all tracks with a particular highlight to the intriguing keyboard layers. I do feel as though I want to like the sound more than I do as I feel especially vocalist/bassist Henrik Fevre's vocal is honest and competent but something about it just does not grab me which is confronting as I feel much of the instrumentation grabs me in a visceral way in many moments scattered across the album but it's few and far between that I feel the whole band explodes with groundshaking importance in a way that I always look for in releases. It's actually hard for me to believe the difference it makes when Henrik is singing softer sections as opposed to the more traditional metal vocals. He is really on the money and we definitely hear that in the 14 minute monster 'Dream Within a Dream' and the closing track which shows a vulnerable and tender side and is both a puzzling and satisfying closure to the album.

Progressive Music in general has many a promising release scheduled for this year and 'Horizons' is no exception to the mega-hyped anticipation that many prospering bands have been seeing such as Opeth and Teramaze. In some ways perhaps the hype had artificially raised my expectations of the release, and I have to admit I have not been the greatest follower of Anubis Gate's previous output with the exception of 'Andromeda Unchained' which I actually found to be a shining star of quality in the band's back catalogue. Horizons has caught my attention and changed some of my disposition towards the band, however I have to admit - I have not been fully captured. Whilst I see what many others are seeing in the band, the release does not connect me on the emotional level that I need to be completely transported to another dimension and height of auditory pleasure. A solid effort with some moments of greatness and some that don't quite hit the mark for me.

7.5/10.

ANUBIS GATE Horizons

Album · 2014 · Progressive Metal
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Horizons (2014) is the sixth full-length album by Danish progressive metal act Anubis Gate. The time between albums has been a bit different for the band this time around, not only that the gap between Horizons and its predecessor Anubis Gate (2011) has been the longest gap between their releases so far but the band also changed line-up again with founding members Jesper M. Jensen (guitars) and Morten Sørensen (drums) both departing the ranks in 2012. This left the band with no original members who were officially part of the band on their debut album Purification (2004), although both Henrik Fevre (bass, vocals) and Kim Olesen (guitars), who formally joined the band in 2005, were guests on that album. The new members of the group are Michael Bodin (guitars) and Morten Gade Sørensen (drums). This line-up of the band made its debut with a free EP, Sheep (2013), which contained one song from Horizons (albeit it a different cut) and two cover songs.

Before I go on with the review proper, I want to take the time to point out that CD versions of Horizons will come with some extra CD-ROM content, namely a bonus live EP, Live at the Rock 2005. These recordings were done in the time between original vocalist Torben Askholm leaving the band and the joining of his replacement Jacob Hansen. Henrik Fevre was the vocalist for these recordings, several years before the release of Anubis Gate where he made his proper debut as the lead singer of the band. There has never actually been a live Anubis Gate release before, so for those interested in that sort of thing the CD version will definitely be worth a pick-up over a digital copy.

Horizons kicks off with the very same song that appeared on Sheep, namely Destined to Remember. The major difference of course is that the album version is a bit longer with a 6:02 running time next to the 4:58 of the earlier version. The extra time is used effectively to add more instrumental sections to the track. It was a good song when it appeared on Sheep. It is a great song now. I'd say that there is a stronger power metal element to it too, something which is a recurring thing throughout Horizons, so in that sense the album harkens back a bit more to albums such as A Perfect Forever (2005) and Andromeda Unchained (2007) rather than The Detached (2009) or Anubis Gate, while still building on the same melodic principles of the self-titled especially. Tracks like Revolution Come Undone represent Anubis Gate at the most power metal based they've been for a while now.

Compared to Anubis Gate I do detect a bit of a rougher edge to the guitar riffs this time around, possibly an influence from new man Michael Bodin. The increased amount of faster paced power metal sections gives Horizons a familiar yet different vibe to the previous album. It's been clear to me for a while that Anubis Gate are an act that have found and perfected their sound though, so it's not a problem that their releases don't vary the formula too much. Aside from the stronger power metal aspect Anubis Gate have also upped the melodic atmospheric side to their music on the album so while it's still pretty heavy it parts you'll also find more lulling sections.

These differences are of course the sort of thing one notices with a band they listen to a lot. Where Anubis Gate are concerned that most certainly means me. There is of course a more obvious example of their continued efforts to grow on Horizons though and that of course is the song A Dream Within a Dream (which is based on the movie Inception). It is the longest Anubis Gate track to date at 14:09. As a progressive metal act they've never been one for tracks crossing the ten minute barrier, only doing it twice before. Rather than being a full blown progressive metal epic though, the track takes more a focus on the atmospheric side of the album for most of its first half before introducing more riff-orientated playing which gradually builds up to a symphonic conclusion. While I won't go as far to say it's the best thing they've ever done, it's up there far enough to get more than a passing mention in this review, while songs like Airways and Never Like This (A Dream) also deserve specific mentions.

Overall compared to their last few releases I have to say that Horizons is a little bit of a step down for Anubis Gate. Only a little one though, Anubis Gate are still riding a pretty high wave of inspiration and even a lesser album from them is better than most to come out of the genre and as an act they already did what most others can't and made three easy top tier releases on the trot starting with Andromeda Unchained. That's already more than one can fairly expect of any artist and Horizons stands as an album worthy to follow such a legacy. A rating within the higher end of my 4.5 stars bracket is still fair.

93/100

(Originally written for Heavy Metal Haven: http://metaltube.freeforums.org/anubis-gate-horizons-t3418.html)

ANUBIS GATE Anubis Gate

Album · 2011 · Progressive Metal
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Warthur
Anubis Gate impressed me favourably on Andromeda Unchained, and whilst they don't exactly lose me on this self-titled album they don't seem to show a substantial development of their sound. It's good, solid progressive metal with a sound that's based around the Dream Theater model but which incorporates enough classic metal influences to appeal to power metal listeners as well. It's all rather pleasant, but I don't think it's the quantum leap above their previous work that's really called for when you decide to release an eponymous album this late in your career, and I don't think it quite approaches the prog metal top tier to the extent that previous releases by the band did.

ANUBIS GATE Andromeda Unchained

Album · 2007 · Progressive Metal
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Warthur
Cleaving closer to the prog side of the prog metal/power metal dividing line for this release, Anubis Gate unleash an exuberant collection of tracks that wastes not a second of its 70 minute running time. Indeed, it's one of those albums which are so exciting that even though it lasts over an hour, it doesn't feel like it runs for longer than 30 minutes, so compelling is the material. When even the tacked-on untitled bonus track gets your blood pumping you know that you're onto a good deal, and Anubis Gate deliver, with Kim Olesen's command of synthesiser textures slipping a rather fantastical note in between the sci-fi riffs delivered up by Jesper M. Jensen.

ANUBIS GATE Sheep

EP · 2013 · Progressive Metal
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'Sheep' - Anubis Gate (8/10)

For a covers EP, this is about as good as it gets! Anubis Gate are perhaps the most criminally underrated band going in progressive metal today, although existing fans will attest to their greatness. Although the prog-power scene is saturated with bands that lack much in the way of power or relative progginess, Anubis Gate have remained uncompromisingly perfectionistic in their quest to make the tightest music possible, so perfectionistic in fact that their much anticipated upcoming album Horizons was pushed back to 2014 for release. In its stead, Anubis Gate have offered us the EP Sheep as a stop-gap. Showcasing a progressive metal rendition of the so-titled Pink Floyd epic, along with a cover of the Mr. Mister hit “Broken Wings” and a sneak peek of the forthcoming full-length, Sheep should be more than enough to whet the appetites of any prog metal fan. It may be only a covers release, but Anubis Gate imbue it with the same inventiveness and attention to detail that has made them such a standout band in the first place.

Anubis Gate start Sheep off with an original track, “Destined to Remember”. Being something of a sneak peek for an album that’s run behind schedule, the track is good reason to get excited about the forthcoming album. It’s Anubis Gate in top form; melodies, dynamic shifts, atmosphere and cerebral songwriting that picks up where Fates Warning left off at their peak. In true prog metal fashion, “Destined to Remember” condenses ideas that could have been the framework of a twenty minute epic into a concise five minute package. While the first half of the tune unfolds around a memorable chorus, the second half gets more complex, featuring an incredible guitar solo and cinematic atmosphere that has me thinking that Horizons is going to be one of the highlight albums for 2014.

While I haven’t been able to call myself a fan of Pink Floyd in earnest for a few years now, Sheep has continued to wow me every time I heard it. It was a darkly atmospheric album with a biting concept, the band’s cynicism held in full view. To hear “Sheep” reimagined as a metal track works much better than it may have sounded on paper; considering the song came out in 1977, it’s a testament to “Sheep” enduring quality that it can be modernized so well. The classic intro is updated to incorporate Ayreon-esque electronic instrumentation, an instant reminder that this isn’t the original we’re hearing. Once the guitars kick in, it’s clear that Anubis Gate have thrust the song firmly within metal territory. The chugging guitars are remarkably heavy for such a melodic and refined sound. Although I would have thought it clichéd for a band to have covered such a classic and well-known track, Anubis Gate make the song their own. Considering the legendary status Floyd themselves, it’s a major credit to Anubis Gate’s name that they’ve managed to take one of the space rock masters’ greatest moments and managed to make it their own. Excellence.

Their cover of Mr. Mister’s “Broken Wings” is pretty surprising, considering that Mr. Mister has nothing to do with metal or even prog, save for their drummer Pat Mastelotto’s shared history with King Crimson. Like “Sheep” Anubis Gate are able to update the song and make it their own, although the result is obviously far less impressive. Henrik Fevre absolutely nails the vocals here, putting a heftier punch into his delivery than the original had. The electronic drum patterns during the chorus could have been done without, although I guess it makes sense given the original’s ultra-80’s appeal. All in all, a good cover of a memorable song, although given the excellence of the two tracks preceding it, it’s the certain low point of the EP.

In short, I might not recommend Sheep to newcomers of Anubis Gate, but if any fan of progressive metal is reading this who hasn’t yet heard the band, I’m speaking to you directly right now: check these guys out, because you’re missing one of the genre’s most underrated and excellent acts. It’s a great covers EP in its own right, but what’s more; it sets the stage for a potentially incredible album in the making. I can’t wait to hear Horizons!

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