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ANUBIS GATE

Progressive Metal • Denmark


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ANUBIS GATE was initially formed in 1984 by Jesper M. Jansen (bass) and Henrik Fevre (guitar,vocals) under the name V-AXE.Per M. Jensen (drums,vocals),who had previously played with Henrik in MERCYFUL,replaced the original drummer.

After a name change to GRAFF SPREE,the band started to gig and record some demos,gaining some local attention.In 1987 the band split up,with Henrik leaving due to creative differences.Jesper and Per stayed together and formed local metal band EXTREME FEEDBACK,with Morten Sorenson (vocals) and Kim Oleson (guitar).In the following years Per and Jesper will form and dissolve many bands of varying musical genres and styles.

Morten and Jesper had kept in contact and started writing new material with a progressive metal sound and after recordingf a demo started seeking other musicians and found singer Torben Askholm,formerly of prog metal band NORTHERN EMPIRE.

Hitting the studio in 2003 after writing enough material for a full length album,ANUBIS GATE recorded "Purification",a loosely based concept album about fighting inner demons and psychological cleansing.Former members Kim Oleson and Henrik Fevre guests on the album,contributing guitar,keyboards and harmony vocals respectively."Purification" was released in 2004.

The album was very well received and Kim Oleson (guitar) and Henrik Fevre (bass,backing vocals) were brought on board permanently.With the line-up solidified the band hit the studio and ANUBIS GATE'S sophomore album " A Perfect Forever" was released in 2005.

In 2005 the band decided to find a new vocalist,and settled on Jacob Hansen,who incidentally produced the band's first two albums.

Taking inspiration from legends like IRON MAIDEN,QUEENSRYCHE and FATES WARNING,ANUBIS GATE'S sound is reminiscent of bands like DREAM THEATER,PAGAN'S MIND and ANDROMEDA.Highly recommended to all fans of progressive metal.




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Purification, studio album (2004)
A Perfect Forever, studio album (2005)
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3.12 | 27 ratings
Purification
2004
3.23 | 30 ratings
A Perfect Forever
2005
3.88 | 108 ratings
Andromeda Unchained
2007
3.78 | 81 ratings
The Detached
2009
3.77 | 94 ratings
Anubis Gate
2011
3.75 | 84 ratings
Horizons
2014
3.50 | 17 ratings
Covered in Black
2017
3.60 | 5 ratings
Covered in Colours
2020

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5.00 | 2 ratings
Orbits
2016

ANUBIS GATE Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.82 | 13 ratings
Sheep
2013

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 Purification by ANUBIS GATE album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.12 | 27 ratings

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Purification
Anubis Gate Progressive Metal

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

3 stars One of the many bands over the decades to evoke the Egyptian god ANUBIS, the god of death, mummification, the afterlife, tombs and all things underworld in ancient Egypt, ANUBIS GATE officially formed in Aalborg, Denmark in 2003 although many members from the original lineup were working together on various musical projects as far back as the 1980s and a direct lineage of a band called Graff Spree. After many changes the first ANUBIS GATE lineup for its debut album PURIFICATION featured only three permanent members: Torbin Askholm (vocals), Jesper Jensen (guitars, bass, synthesizers) and Morten Sørensen (drums). Three additional sessions musicians would add more guitars, synthesizers and vocals. This would be only the first of two albums that featured Askholm on vocals before Jacob Hansen (who also sings lead in Invocator.)

During these early years of the band's existence ANUBIS GATE created its own style of progressively infused power metal with nods to the classic 1980s heavy metal style. Given the style the band would become known for, PURIFICATION is somewhat of the odd album out of the band's discography. The ten tracks on board feature a bizarre mix of heavy metal, power metal, progressive rock and even a bit of doom metal. The noticeable difference is that on PURIFICATION there are more slow plodding moments which is usually not the case in anything remotely considered power metal. At this point the power part of the equation was quite tamped down and the compositions were darker with less energetic outbursts. The keyboards are less pronounced than later works serving only as an atmospheric enhancer for the most part.

On this debut it's obvious that ANUBIS GATE was following in the footsteps of the pioneers of progressively minded heavy metal bands like Queensryche, Savage, Crimson Glory and even aspects of Iron Maiden for that matter however the band's first vocalist Torbin Askholm probably sounds most similar to Psychotiz Waltz' Buddy Lackey. The musical compositions though while sharing a lineage with the aforementioned bands was successful at sounding distinct even as far back as this debut release however the first two ANUBIS GATE albums are often overlooked in favor of the albums with Hansen on vocals which also found the band upping its game in terms of creativity and songwriting skills.

Personally i find this one a difficult one to swallow. On paper everything is executed as planned with excellent instrumental workouts, brilliant vocals with a wide range and subject matter that is the cream of the crop for a progressive metal band in the 21st century. What's missing from this debut are memorable compositions that really sink in. The creative mojo wasn't firing on all pistons quite yet and the weakness of the album is that the tracks pretty much all sound too similar without enough distinct personality to bring them to life. With power metal it's pretty much mandatory to craft super catchy hooks but the ones provided on PURIFICATION just seem a bit lackluster which sound even worse given the top notch performances.

Of course every band can't hit a home run first time out of the GATE, even the ones guarded by ANUBIS but it wouldn't have taken too much tweaking of the songwriting to make these tracks stand out more. Overall this is indeed a decent album but it seems to lack the most vital elements that make a progressive power metal band really stand out amongst the competition and unfortunately the album offers very little in return visits. Luckily ANUBIS GATE would soon reinvent themselves with a new singer and become one of Denmark's most famous metal exports but as far as this debut is concerned, they hadn't quite gotten there yet.

 A Perfect Forever by ANUBIS GATE album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.23 | 30 ratings

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A Perfect Forever
Anubis Gate Progressive Metal

Review by Progrussia

3 stars With their second opus, Denmark's eclectic prog metallers Anubis Gate haven't yet settled into their more familiar sound. A Perfect Forever features a different vocal style and has more prominent power metal (of its darker and slower type somewhat akin to early Queensryche) influences than its successors, but it was already clear that they were aiming at something proggy, with the Eastern motifs, six-minutes songs, frequent shifts in tempo and mood, alteration between crunchy and clean guitars and catchy vocal hooks that would become their staples. Best songs probably the shape- shifting Sanctified and Future Without Past and the more laid-back Curfew, with others catchy enough but being more of an epic power metal type.
 Sheep by ANUBIS GATE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2013
3.82 | 13 ratings

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Sheep
Anubis Gate Progressive Metal

Review by Progrussia

3 stars Sheep was an EP that came out before the 2014 official release of the Horizons album, which found Anubis Gate perhaps most diverse and melodic to date. Centered around, of course, the mammoth cover of Pink Floydian classic Sheep, the disk actually begins with an edited version of the Horizons lead-off track, Destined to Remember. Which is perhaps a typical Anubis Gate track, distinctive and varied. As for Sheep, the ungulates get a modernized and heavier treatment while not straying too far from the original, but I feel that in the process it lost some of the latter's stark dynamics. The final item is a cover of a slick but now forgotten 1980s AOR hit, which also gets a heavier but not too radical update, but in this case the added oomph actually increases the track's dynamics so to speak.
 Covered in Black by ANUBIS GATE album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.50 | 17 ratings

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Covered in Black
Anubis Gate Progressive Metal

Review by Progrussia

3 stars In the prog metal horde, Anubis Gate have always held a distinctive place. Starting from a power metal base, as much as catchy riffs they also create heavy, dense soundscapes with industrial, Eastern and Pink Floydian touches with melodic vocals. On their previous album, the retro-infused Horizons, they took an increasingly more friendly sound approach, so it's understandable that some people expected more along that route on Covered in Black, but were kind of surprised to find the band adopting the heavier, darker approach of such albums as Detached. It's still the same easily recognizable Anubis Gate sound, but with a slightly altered balance of the ingredients. The album is short by prog standards, though, and has a somewhat large amount of filler, so that gets them minus a star.
 Sheep by ANUBIS GATE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2013
3.82 | 13 ratings

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Sheep
Anubis Gate Progressive Metal

Review by thwok

4 stars I don't know much of Anubis Gate's music, so I can't really compare Sheep to the band's other releases. I have listened to The Detached a few times. I have spent a lot of time listening to this EP, and I'm definitely impressed. It was enough for me to seek out the band's other music. I find the choice of cover songs very interesting. I think Pink Floyd reached their peak about the time of Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here, and started to go downhill when Roger Waters started gaining too much control. However, I really like this version of "Sheep".

How many bands, including progressive metal bands, would choose to cover Mister Mister's "Broken Wings"? It's a song I've always liked. Anubis Gate does what a band should do when they're making a cover version. They change the songs enough to make them an interesting alternative to the originals. I'm not going to discuss the musicians here; I'll just say that they're talented gentlemen who know what they're doing. Musically, my favorite part of this EP is Henrik Fevre's voice. He has a terrific tenor voice. Over all, this is an excellent CD, and a good introduction to the band.

 Horizons by ANUBIS GATE album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.75 | 84 ratings

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Horizons
Anubis Gate Progressive Metal

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

3 stars Progressive metal is metal music which has big progressive influences. Anubis Gate is one of those bands that belong to this genre, which is relatively new to me. "Horizons" is their sixth studio album; their first was released 2004. They come from Denmark and are actuelly one of the country's most favmous prog bands.

The cover of "Hoizons" is subtle and mediates other thoughts than metal albums use to do. The line up is Michel Bodin on guitar, Kim Olesen on guitars, Morten Gade Sörensen on drums and Henrik Fevres who sings. Without having a bassist or a keyboardist they immediately become an odd bird in the prog fauna. My preconception of prog metal is that it should be a very heavy music but I don't really think you could say that about this album. The typical metal attributes are there of course such as the fast beating drums and the music is totally guitar driven. Though must I say that it is something more delicate over this after all. The lucid vocals and the moments of acoustic music bring you happy. The music contains a lot of stuff I have harder to acquire too. When the singer sonds like the singer of Dream Theater in the rougher parts or when the band gives me the feeling of alternative rock/indie rock which happens from one time and another. As a whole though must I say this is a pleasant album, I especially think you would think that if you are a fan of the subgenre.

My favourite song is "Breach of Faith" which contains a Mozart melody and is particularily nice(7/10). The long story of "A dream within a dream" would I recommend too(6/10) as well as "Airways"(6/10), "Destined to remember"(6/10), "Hear my call"(6/10) and "Horizons"(6/10). My song to song rating gives an average of 2.8 stars which will make the whole a three star rating. Had I been a metal fan would there perhaps have been one more.

 Horizons by ANUBIS GATE album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.75 | 84 ratings

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Horizons
Anubis Gate Progressive Metal

Review by Progrussia

4 stars It's as if two years ago Anubis Gate went forward in time and this album was released just on the heels of my review that wished they'd broaden their horizons beyond various metal subgenres! :) So here you'll get more dark acoustics, atmospherics, Rush-isms and even neo-prog with its expressive vocals to go along their trademark mix of power, trippiness, electronica undertow and catchy choruses. The overall sound is slightly less oppressively heavy (heavy as is not extreme but loud, mechanical and dense) than before. Tracks like Mindlessness and Airways manage to pack quite a convolute structure into their six minutes. But don't worry, this is still your metallic Anubis that needs quite a few spins to appreciate and even then I wouldn't recommend introducing it to your wife or teenage kids.
 The Detached by ANUBIS GATE album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.78 | 81 ratings

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The Detached
Anubis Gate Progressive Metal

Review by Progrussia

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.
 Anubis Gate by ANUBIS GATE album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.77 | 94 ratings

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Anubis Gate
Anubis Gate Progressive Metal

Review by Progrussia

4 stars Anubis Gate play, generally, a kind of slowed down power prog metal, in a dense, industrial soundscape. Luckily, they balance the trippiness with clear vocals and catchy choruses. So end result is sort of plodding but catchy at the same time. They also branch out into different metal subgenres, like more melodic (Circustanced, Golden Days) or more hard-hitting in the vein of Symphony X (Desiderio Omnibus, Telltale Eyes). Wish they'd do some non-metal as well. But I think they are at their most original when doing the industrial, alternatingly heavier/softer prog sort of thing. No wonder the album, unusually, starts with the more trippy songs and ends on more accessible. Overall, I think this is more diverse and accessible than the predecessor, The Detached, and almost reaches the level of their Andromeda Unchained.
 Horizons by ANUBIS GATE album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.75 | 84 ratings

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Horizons
Anubis Gate Progressive Metal

Review by Dougie of Anubis

4 stars 'Destined to Remember' starts the show off with a familiar edge for any of those that have been following the band's releases until now. In 2013, the band released a free digital EP whose centerpiece was an amped up version of Pink Floyd's 'Sheep'. This version of 'Destined to Remember' is a little different to what we were dealt up on the freebie, however in a more enjoyable way to these picky ears.

The band touch on some great melodic heights and have some beautiful ear candy that helps keep the album fresh compared to their corollaries with some lush acoustic sections that remain fresh at all times.

The production team of Kim Olesen and Jacob Hansen is strong and commanding with a reasonable amount of dynamics. I initially became aware of their work on label leader Lance King's 2011 'A Moment in Chiros'. I was thoroughly impressed and the depth of the soundstage and the ethereal layers which are omnipresent on this album, although unfortunately not as well executed.

The band's performances shine on all tracks with a particular highlight to the intriguing keyboard layers. I do feel as though I want to like the sound more than I do as I feel especially vocalist/bassist Henrik Fevre's vocal is honest and competent but something about it just does not grab me which is confronting as I feel much of the instrumentation grabs me in a visceral way in many moments scattered across the album but it's few and far between that I feel the whole band explodes with groundshaking importance in a way that I always look for in releases. It's actually hard for me to believe the difference it makes when Henrik is singing softer sections as opposed to the more traditional metal vocals. He is really on the money and we definitely hear that in the 14 minute monster 'Dream Within a Dream' and the closing track which shows a vulnerable and tender side and is both a puzzling and satisfying closure to the album.

Progressive Music in general has many a promising release scheduled for this year and 'Horizons' is no exception to the mega-hyped anticipation that many prospering bands have been seeing such as Opeth and Teramaze. In some ways perhaps the hype had artificially raised my expectations of the release, and I have to admit I have not been the greatest follower of Anubis Gate's previous output with the exception of 'Andromeda Unchained' which I actually found to be a shining star of quality in the band's back catalogue. Horizons has caught my attention and changed some of my disposition towards the band, however I have to admit - I have not been fully captured. Whilst I see what many others are seeing in the band, the release does not connect me on the emotional level that I need to be completely transported to another dimension and height of auditory pleasure. A solid effort with some moments of greatness and some that don't quite hit the mark for me. 7.5/10.

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