ANUBIS GATE — Andromeda Unchained (review)

ANUBIS GATE — Andromeda Unchained album cover Album · 2007 · Progressive Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
5/5 ·
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Genius unchained...

Genre: progressive metal

Holy space cow! This is a super album, and the addition of Jacob Hansen of Invocator fame as new vocalist was a great move. Hansen does not use vibrato techniques as often as Torben Askholm did, but has a very clean voice which suits the music well, and which lends itself well to multiple layering of vocals. As with the previous album, the compositions on this sci-fi themed concept album, are complex and varied combining various types of heavy riffing with guitar melodies and catchy vocal melodies, and I think that this album, like the predecessor, can be described as Queensrÿche taken to the next level of heaviness.

There are no weak points at all on this album, but especially "Snowbound" with its use of additional percussive instrumentation and heavy riffing, "Waking Hours" with its strange King Diamond quality, "Beyond Redemption" with its power metal chorus and Pantera-like riffs, "This White Storm Through My Mind" with its epicness and quirky riffs, and "The Final Overture" with its guitar harmonies and guitar melodies. The Ballad "Take Me Home" is actually also very good with its soft vocal melodies - without it being one of those horrible power ballads that drowned the metal of the late 80s and early 90s.

"Andromeda Unchained" is in many ways a very underrated progressive metal album which belongs up there with the classics by Dream Theater, Queensrÿche, Fates Warning, Mastodon and the other giants.
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more than 2 years ago
I like The Detached very much - I don't mind polished productions with this kind of music.
more than 2 years ago
Listening to THE DETACHED now, also very good. I think I prefer the 'raw' style of Andromeda Unchained but time will tell.

I feel that over-produce album fall short, think of FLOW by Conception. What do you think ?

more than 2 years ago
My pleasure. Anyway, as far as I know they have a new album on the way, but Jacob Hansen is not their vocalist anymore. I think their bass player or guitarist has taken over the vocals.
more than 2 years ago
Thanks for the goooooood recommendation !!!


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