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ANUBIS GATE

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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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Discography:
Purification, studio album (2004)
A Perfect Forever, studio album (2005)
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3.16 | 17 ratings
Purification
2004
3.29 | 22 ratings
A Perfect Forever
2005
3.99 | 90 ratings
Andromeda Unchained
2007
3.83 | 58 ratings
The Detached
2009
3.89 | 77 ratings
Anubis Gate
2011
3.68 | 67 ratings
Horizons
2014

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4.00 | 6 ratings
Sheep
2013

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 Horizons by ANUBIS GATE album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.68 | 67 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.

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3.68 | 67 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.

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 The Detached by ANUBIS GATE album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.83 | 58 ratings

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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.

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3.89 | 77 ratings

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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.

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 Horizons by ANUBIS GATE album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.68 | 67 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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 Horizons by ANUBIS GATE album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.68 | 67 ratings

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Horizons
Anubis Gate Progressive Metal

Review by Second Life Syndrome
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4 stars Progressive metal? I honestly am not so sure Anubis Gate's new album "Horizons" could be caged into such a small subgenre. This is my first real experience with the band, though I've heard individual tracks and the like. However, I was not expecting something so fresh, vibrant, and, simply put, fantastic.

Anubis Gate is a progressive metal band that bends the rules a bit. They don't resemble Dream Theater to my ears, and they don't succumb to showboating or endless riffing. Instead, Anubis Gate aims for something higher than what's been done in the past. The band has a unique sound, one that deserves more attention and that would certainly thrill many metalheads, as well as prog rock fans, too. Their sound revolves around layers of sound, of which metal is only a part. You see, on "Horizons", the band has created an album of superior dark guitars, incredible drumming and bass, beautiful keys, and powerful vocals that combine to create slick melodies, piercing electronic tones, technical expertise, and maturity beyond their years.

If I had to make comparisons, I would call this new album a cross between Circus Maximus and Subsignal. You see, the band mixes a big helping of pop into their sound, and achieves a similar sound to these two bands in that they write infectious melodies that contrast nicely to the virtuosity on display. You read that correctly---this metal band utilizes pop quite a bit. It's in their catchy choruses, their harmonies, and their general attitude on certain songs. That is not to say that "Horizons" is devoid of metal, though. Anubis Gate has a fresh sound to their riffing, and the structure, not the technicality, seems more calculating. They seem to set out with a certain idea in mind, and they pull it off flawlessly, without ever becoming pretentious.

The band leans, not on metallic instrumentals, but upon genuine melodies and superior songwriting. Indeed, one of the first things I noticed on "Horizons" was the incredibly catchy songs. And, yet, the structures are even more impressive, such as on my favorite track, "Dream Within a Dream". This longer track mixes a catchy chorus in the first half with an ethereal, almost psychedelic interlude that leads into some fantastic metal. You see, the band masterfully combines all their elements to the point where it all feels so organic and inspired.

Other tracks are equally impressive. "Never Like This" is infectious, but includes an amazing electronic break that never fails to impress. "Destined to Remember" is somewhat less catchy, but includes some wonderful drumming in the last half. And on and on the album goes, each song being fully enjoyable and supremely composed. Never overbearing, and always interesting, unlike much prog metal today. Other favorites include "Airways" and "Breach of Faith".

So, then, Anubis Gate has produced THE best metal album I've heard in 2014 thus far. They have crafted a balanced album full of truly interesting riffs, mesmerizing electronics, and catchy melodies. It's a wonderful combination that uses all the tools in the toolbox without ever using any of them as a crutch. From progheads to metalheads, I feel this album will appeal to everyone.

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 Andromeda Unchained by ANUBIS GATE album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.99 | 90 ratings

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Andromeda Unchained
Anubis Gate Progressive Metal

Review by MJAben

3 stars A tight, focused and consistent album that adds nothing to the Progressive Metal genre.

I owe a lot to Progressive Metal as a genre, it is the reason I got into Prog and, perhaps more importantly, it is the reason I largely grew out of metal. That's not to say that there isn't good metal, or even good prog metal, all I mean to say by this is that there's a style (a formula if you will) that exists within the genre. This album, exists wholly within that proven formula and although it is a well produced, well crafted and well played it is also an album that seems to lack any imagination / anything to set it apart from the other similar artists.

This leads into another problem I have this band in that they seem to be re-using their same style over and over and over again. I honestly don't understand why this album has a much higher rating than previous albums as, in many ways, its the exact same music just with better production and a new vocalist. Perhaps the instrumentation is a bit tighter but at the same time it feels like the instrumentation itself hasn't changed with regard to any real substance.

This I feel is a common trend within Progressive Metal, Dream Theater has been releasing the same album since 'Octavarium', Circus Maximus has only ever released one album, every Symphony X album aver 'Mythology V' may as well have been retitled 'Mythology VI', 'Mythology VII' ect. ect. you get the idea... My point is that if your new to Progressive Metal or will eat up everything with the Progressive Metal label then this album is great for you, they are solid musicians and great songwriters. If you are looking for a prog-metal album that sounds unique and adds something to the overall genre then this will leave you with a bad taste in your mouth.

3/5 stars -- the best that one of your 'generic prog-metal albums' could do in my eyes.

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3.89 | 77 ratings

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Anubis Gate Progressive Metal

Review by Warthur
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4 stars Anubis Gate impressed me favourably on Andromeda Unchained, and whilst they don't exactly lose me on this self-titled album they don't seem to show a substantial development of their sound. It's good, solid progressive metal with a sound that's based around the Dream Theater model but which incorporates enough classic metal influences to appeal to power metal listeners as well. It's all rather pleasant, but I don't think it's the quantum leap above their previous work that's really called for when you decide to release an eponymous album this late in your career, and I don't think it quite approaches the prog metal top tier to the extent that previous releases by the band did.

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 Horizons by ANUBIS GATE album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.68 | 67 ratings

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Anubis Gate Progressive Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
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4 stars 'Horizons' - Anubis Gate (81/100)

It's often the most difficult part of a review to write a compelling introduction, so I'll just cheat and summarize the extent of my feelings towards the band right away: Anubis Gate are the most criminally underrated working band in progressive metal today. It's a bold statement to be certain, but I'm sure many of the bands fans would tend to agree. Following the done-to-death prog-power trend, Anubis Gate have managed to accomplish what so many of their contemporaries have failed to do; that is, making melody sound interesting in prog metal. When so much attention is paid to a band's shredding ability or quasi-autistic technical prowess, it's painfully common for the melodic staple to get lost or discredited. Having been amazed by Anubis Gate's amazing ability to invert this trope on past albums (particularly their 2007 opus Andromeda Unchained), this year's Horizons has been among my most anticipated of 2014. By all means, the end result has not disappointed; lively musicianship, a mature execution and an exceptional integration of melody into a progressive metal framework makes for one of the first stand-out records I've heard this year.

"Destined to Remember" I heard on their free-for-download Sheep EP some months ago, and in spite of that engrained familiarity, I still find myself blown away by the song. Although the only noticeable change between the two songs is the extension of the song's bridge section, "Destined to Remember" feels like an essential demonstration of everything that makes Horizons so great. So many ideas are tossed into the structure, but it still manges to sound compelling and filled with hooks. The only shorter progressive metal song I can think of that managed to accomplish such a feeling of completion in so 'short' a time was Circus Maximus' "Abyss". If you've at some point shared doubts as to whether melodies could be successfully worked into prog metal without a cost to ambition, set aside what you're doing and take the five minutes to hear this song. The rest, as they say, is history.

"Airways" is built around some incredibly clever melody writing, and the chorus is a prime example of this; the chorus presents a simple melody, and reinvents it entirely right after by pairing it up with a different chord. Although the melody stays the same, it has a much darker atmosphere the second time around; I know it's a minor detail in context of the album, but it's an amazing demonstration of how Anubis Gate integrate melody into their music. Horizons' other highlights include "Never Like This" (an incredibly hooky tune with moments that recall Devin Townsend!), "Breach of Faith", and the concisely structured title track. Regardless which song is put under the knife and analyzed on Horizons, it's virtually guaranteed that Anubis Gate are doing something to impress me at the given time. The release of the album was delayed from 2013 to this year as a result of their perfectionism, and the attention to detail is apparent in the end result.

While Anubis Gate stand out as incredible songwriters, the craft and structure of the album itself is a lesser success. The flow doesn't stand out as good or bad for the most part, but there is rarely the sense that the song order compliments the enjoyment of the songs themselves. Many of these songs build up a fierce emotional momentum, only to have the momentum mostly washed off by the next song. This is most apparent in the album's closing segment, the part-epic/part-medley "A Dream Within A Dream" and its acoustic denouement "Erasure". "A Dream Within A Dream" takes the melodic hooks from songs prior ("Never Like This" and "Airways" in particular) and gives them a more mellowed, atmospheric overhaul. Although the ideas themselves are great, the track feels less like the epic it tries to make itself out to be, and more an attempt to bring the album together as a whole. The slight disappointment of it falling short of a true prog metal epic aside, "A Dream Within A Dream" would have been an effective closer to the album, and by all means is one, if you don't count the acoustic "Erasure" that comes after it. I get that "Erasure" is meant as a sort of 'exit music' to the album, but it bears no emotional connection or shared momentum with the fourteen minute track that precedes it. As a result, the album ends feeling a tad underwhelming, and the disregard for a momentous climax sadly robs Horizons of some of the overall impression it was set up to have.

Even having become very familiar with the album, the flow still stands as a problem for the album. Then again, when looking at the album as a whole, it's a small price to pay for an otherwise incredible product. Anubis Gate 's songwriting may be what make them so worthy of praise, but even their production and performance manage to stand out. Instrumentally, Anubis Gate are excellently professional and accent these songs with dynamic performances throughout; even if there are few sections here where it sounds like the band are playing to their limit, their chemistry and quality as musicians is never in question. As has been the case with my past experience with Anubis Gate however, vocalist Henrik Fevre remains the most impressive part of the band. The production style shares this enthusiasm for the vocals and melodies, upmixing Fevre's performance just a little bit more than is usual for metal. His high register and impressive range may come as second nature for the prog-power style, but his delivery seems to go that extra mile. There is passion and intensity in the performance, not just from Fevre, but the band as a whole. It's not the sort of dynamic presentation you would expect from a band that's so unashamedly melodic, but there you have it.

Writing about Anubis Gateand this latest album, I've come to realize something; whereas with most progressive metal bands I might tend to focus on the skill of the execution and other more 'objective' aspects of the product, I don't feel limited at all to discuss the softer elements of Anubis Gate. The songwriting and musical direction has been constructed with a clear sense of purpose and regard for feeling. They have taken memorable, cleverly delivered melodies and married them with the genre's infamous penchant for technique and skill. Although they're far from alone in this goal, Anubis Gate are among the few who can make the end result compelling and challenging. Horizons is no exception to the band's proud history; whatever weaknesses are here are far outweighed by their skill and thoughtfulness as musicians and songwriters. It's enough to dispel my suspicion of modern progressive metal trends, if only for a while, and it's my hope that this latest album will earn them a broader fanbase and heightened exposure they so justly deserve.

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 Andromeda Unchained by ANUBIS GATE album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.99 | 90 ratings

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Andromeda Unchained
Anubis Gate Progressive Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Cleaving closer to the prog side of the prog metal/power metal dividing line for this release, Anubis Gate unleash an exuberant collection of tracks that wastes not a second of its 70 minute running time. Indeed, it's one of those albums which are so exciting that even though it lasts over an hour, it doesn't feel like it runs for longer than 30 minutes, so compelling is the material. When even the tacked-on untitled bonus track gets your blood pumping you know that you're onto a good deal, and Anubis Gate deliver, with Kim Olesen's command of synthesiser textures slipping a rather fantastical note in between the sci-fi riffs delivered up by Jesper M. Jensen.

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