Anubis Gate, Horizons, 2014

anubis gate - horizonsEvery time I listen to an Anubis Gate album, I am reminded of how great progressive metal can be. For me this is one of the best bands in the genre! And the reason for that is simple, they care about the song and technique is a means, not the destination. So their songs are rich, full of ideas and instrumental prowess, but above all they are melodic and are able to reach out to the listener.

And since I happen to believe that music should be able to connect and not impress on pure wizardry alone, for me they are doing the right thing. This quartet gets it and keeps delivering stunning albums. Singer and bass player Henrik Fevre is a real treat with his vocals. Fairly midrange perhaps, but very convincing, and the clever mixed in harmonies just add to that melodic sense.
So even when the band will tick the right boxes for many (impressive breaks, solos and even a 14 minute epic) for me the songs are what sets these guys apart. They may be a bit more technical than another genre favourite of mine, Threshold, I absolutely dig this stuff big time. Just a pity their older work is so hard to get and only for big money. Maybe their current label Nightmare Records can look into that as I am still missing a couple of earlier albums 😉 If you love progressive metal, this is one to own!


Anubis Gate, Self Titled, 2011

anubis gateOver the years the Danish (?) band Anubis Gate kept crossing my radar, but somehow I never got around to buying their stuff. Well, that has finally been fixed as this self titled album has been making regular rounds in my CD player the last couple of days. And if this makes anything clear, then it is that it is a pity I did not discover them earlier on….

Yes, the band have proved me wrong big time with this wonderful album. The style is a mixture of progressive metal, power metal and melodic metal. So maybe we should just say metal? That is a pretty broad description, so I will try to be a bit more precise. The singing is very melodic, often utilizing harmony vocals to enrich the already catchy melodies. The guitar playing is influenced by progressive metal for sure. Full of intricate riffs, blistering solos and Zakk Wylde´s trademark overtones. Cool stuff. The rhythm section is more close to power metal. Drums are often galloping away on double kick and are less working to support the riffs, but focus on maintaining the groove. And groove they do. The band also utilize keyboards, but mainly in a supporting role.

All in all a very interesting album that flows from beginning to end. Impressive singing and guitar arrangements. They deserve a bigger audience, and damned if I not try to help them with that! So expect older releases featured here somewhere down the line…