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4 stars Aye, this album needs a very strong standing. I mean related to my overwhelming reaction concerning the predecessor 'The Second Hand', which they had released in 2017. 'Homeless' does not follow that narrative context, but sounds very ANUBIS like again, yeah, familiar anyway. First of all, important to know or not, the staff hasn't changed since then. Experiments, surprises wanted? You may say, they are playing it safe, okay. If awaiting something totally new, then one might be disappointed probably. I have to admit, in the first instance this had weakened my enthusiasm a bit. Solely a copy-cat, getting too sterile eventually?

Nah, after taking several re-runs during recent weeks, this impression has completely vanished for good. In common sense 'Homeless' is dealing with perceptions of the contemporary world. Enough food for thought, isn't it? The prospering opener Reflection will set a first exclamation mark. Well, starting innocent somehow, though soon evolving into a perfect synthesis of hauting melody and multi-variant execution. Moulding's singing voice appears in best shape ultimately, excellent guitar presence on top. Can We Find Our Way Back Home? Of course the album title track nails down another centerpiece, the drumming strikes, it sounds completely rounded.

Equipped with an unusual finale Sirens really takes off, immediately followed by the nice ballad In Shadows. ANUBIS are serving emotive catchy melodies and a lush instrumentation throughout, that's guaranteed. When it comes to me 'Homeless' can't start the same fire as it happened with the previous studio effort. Nevertheless the ANUBIS crew is convincing again with a charming and entertaining flow all the way through. No filler. Songs are even faded out here and there, which opens some perspective when it comes to the following live events. Definitely a recommended addition to your prog music collection, if you're underway on melodic rock paths.

Rivertree | 4/5 |


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