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A TOWER OF SILENCE

Anubis

 

Neo-Prog

4.12 | 361 ratings

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bonestorm
4 stars With the majestic layering of synths In the opening seconds of "The Passing Bell", it's apparent that something epic is about to happen on Anubis' album "A Tower of Silence". And the boys from Sydney don't disappoint.

The guitars kick in with one of the catchier 7/8 riffs I've ever heard. It never seems to outstay its welcome, even though it is used extensively throughout the 17 minute opener. One of the great strengths of "The Passing Bell" is how a number of different riffs and time signatures (4/4 and 5/4 are also thrown in) are all tied together so eloquently. Not only this, but we're treated to a number of emotions as new phases come and go. It's really a masterful piece of songwriting and execution and an audacious way to kick off the album.

That flow and sense of cohesion is still apparent as track two, "Archway of Tears" follows. As the harpsichord begins it almost feels as though we're still within the first track. As the other instruments join in, the bass takes centre stage. It's one of many great moments provided by bassist Nick Antoinette, who is amazing across the whole album.

The title track "A Tower of Silence" is also a highlight. There's more gorgeous piano from David Eaton in the intro, and vocalist Robert James Moulding is at his best here with a heartfelt, measured delivery.

"All That Is" closes out the album with another epic. The interplay of the rhythm section with the keyboards is at times mesmerizing. There's some great Gilmour-esque guitar to close out the album and, to ensure the hairs on the back of the neck are fully erect, a choir ensemble to add the finishing touches.

It would be remiss of me not to mention the drumming of Steve Eaton. It's consistently great across the album, and I love the slightly reverb-y production that has been used on the kit. It suits the album perfectly.

Aside from the music, the album cover is spectacular. It instantly sets an exquisite mood for the album and works as the perfect visual companion. Kudos to the photographer and art director in charge of that piece of work.

Overall a highly recommended album from one of Australia's most talented outfits.

4.5 stars

bonestorm | 4/5 |

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