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Anubis Gate


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3.78 | 81 ratings

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3 stars I can understand a song about Pyramids. After all, Western man has always been fascinated with them. But dodecahedrons? (see also : the namesake band, Daal). You're out to prove something. Anyway, industrially-laced dark power proggers Anubis Gate have a praiseworthy work ethic, after a 20-year gestation period releasing quality albums about every two years. Coming on the heels of a praised album, Andromeda Unchained (their highest rating here on PA), you have a choice of doing something different or piling on. They took second option. So the sci-fi story concept is more impenetrable, there's more electronic layers, multi-tracked vocals, melodic shifts from metallic techno to power riffage to harmonic soloing to doomy sections to sudden snippets of, wait, wasn't that a five-second futuristic disco sound? Well, there's a time when the best is the enemy of the good. They are better when not over complicating things (curiously, it is the other way around for 2011's Anubis Gate). Songs like Lost in Myself, Dodecahedron or A Lifetime to Share, while retaining the complexity, pack it into the more accessible 5-6 minutes.
Progrussia | 3/5 |


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