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5 stars Anubis were a band originally formed to bring a very specific concept to life, but evidently the warm reception their debut had amongst prog fans convinced them to give a shot at making something more of the band. A Tower of Silence is the make or break point - where it will either be shown that Anubis can create compelling material independently of the original concept, or where it will turn out that when you take the original idea behind the band away the whole thing collapses.

Amazingly, not only do the band survive the move away from their original reason for existence, but they actually thrive. A Tower of Silence is a neo-prog tour de force backed with incredible compositions. Standout track on the album is probably The Holy Innocent, which incorporates a blazing saxophone performance to back up the usual neo-prog guitar solos and keyboard flourishes. Few neo-prog bands have really used saxophone to such good effect - IQ on Capricorn from Subterranea is the only other example I can think of.

And, indeed, few neo-prog bands have been able to produce something sounding quite as fresh as this album, which boasts a distinctive sound which is clearly rooted in the prog tradition but isn't overly derivative of anyone else's style. Sheer glory from beginning to end.

Warthur | 5/5 |


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