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Formed in 2004 in Sydney, Australia

The band began as a writing partnership between Robert James Moulding (vocals/guitar/bass) and David Eaton (Keyboards) with the specific aim to create a concept album. While the plan initially was to honour a dear, departed friend by writing the album in his honour, they have chosen to make this person a more anonymous inspiration as the work progressed. Anubis describe the final result as pure fiction, while the protagonist became anonymous to represent the fact he wasn't actually anyone at all. The final result of this process was finalized in 2009 as the album "230503", and was made available in digital and physical formats towards the end of autumn the same year.

With this first goal achieved it will be interesting to see where this outfit will go next. They have an outspoken vision along the lines of making music that excites them, disregarding whatever trends are popular and they don't have much of an interest in the commercial aspect of their craft either: Their aim, vision and goals are of an artistic nature only.

In 2011 ANUBIS have entered into a formal contract with Birds Robe Records (http://birdsrobe.bandcamp.com/) and launched their second album "A Tower Of Silence" in September 2011.

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3.98 | 180 ratings
230503
2009
4.12 | 456 ratings
A Tower Of Silence
2011
3.95 | 191 ratings
Hitchhiking To Byzantium
2014
3.88 | 150 ratings
The Second Hand
2017
3.84 | 48 ratings
Different Stories
2018

ANUBIS Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.47 | 15 ratings
Behind Our Eyes (Live, 2014)
2015

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

3.86 | 7 ratings
And I Wait For My World To End
2012
4.43 | 7 ratings
A King with no Crown
2014
4.33 | 6 ratings
Fool's Gold
2016

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 230503 by ANUBIS album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.98 | 180 ratings

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230503
Anubis Neo-Prog

Review by The Crow
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2 stars Being a big fan of neo-prog, since long was I looking forward to hearing an album of this Australian band! But 230503 is not the great surprise I was looking for.

First, the subpar production makes this album too noisy and sometimes even unpleasant to hear. The mix of the guitars is too loud, and so are the vocals. And that's maybe not so bad, but the problem is that the vocals are just lame. And the mixing of the album gives an absurd relevance to them... Hard to understand.

The rest of the band makes a good work, specially the competent keyboards, some interesting bass playing and the usually fantastic guitar solos.

But talking about the music comes the second big problem apart from the production. Here we encounter the typical 90's and 00's neo-prog with influences from Pendragon, Arena and similar bands and sometimes the band is able achieve to reach some originality and fine ideas like in Waterfall and The Collapse but mostly is just average neo-prog with bad vocals. And even worse are some experiments like the jazzy and really bad The Doctor and the boring instrumental Anonymity.

In conclusion, the debut of Anubis is average prog with lame vocals and some good ideas in my opinion, wasted by a subpar production and some really boring songs, making this album a mixed experience between the worst and the best of neo-prog.

Best Tracks: Waterfall (great bass line at 01:00 and a good guitar solo), The Collapse (another great guitar solo and a very interesting instrumental section at 04:18) and Disinfected and Abused (not a great epic, but a worthy effort)

My rating: **

 The Second Hand by ANUBIS album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.88 | 150 ratings

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The Second Hand
Anubis Neo-Prog

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

4 stars Following their trend of releasing a new album every three years, once again Australia's neo-proggers ANUBIS continue the tradition by following up 2014's "Hitchhiking To Byzantium" with their fourth studio album THE SECOND HAND and in the process create another testament to a classic sounding progressive rock album steeped in the neo-prog traditions. Like most neo-prog albums and certainly so for ANUBIS, THE SECOND HAND is yet another concept album, this one about an aging media mogul named James Osbourne-Fox who becomes paralyzed after a traumatic brain injury only to contemplate the overall emptiness of his previous corporate lifestyle as he is forced to ponder the deeper complexities of the universe. In the vein of their earlier albums, this one too incorporates many sound samples that fit into the overall thematic scheme of things such as noises you'd hear at the stock market on Wall Street.

New to the band is bassist Anthony Stewart who takes over the position that lead vocalist Robert Moulding handled on the previous album thus upping the band roster up to six but once again there are many guest appearances that include three singing vocalists as well as a whole bunch of guest spoken word vocalists. Once again ANUBIS deliver the neo-prog goods with nine cleverly crafted tracks that take their time to let the thematic journey unfold with their brilliant lyrical prose coupled with the musical passages that utilize addictively catchy hooks that are all teased out with the appropriate dynamic shifts and intensity battles between soft and contemplative to more rockin' moments of ecstasy. The band seem to have gotten a new sense of confidence as they are tighter than ever with impeccable tightness and Robert Moulding sounds as if he's on the top of his game with some of the most confident vocal performances of his career.

One of the unique aspects of THE SECOND HAND is that the 3-part multi-suite and "These Changing Seasons" serves more as transitions that appear between other tracks and do not occur in the expected linear fashion. The two behemoth tracks on board are the near ten minute "While Rome Burns" and the near seventeen minute "Pages Of Stone," each unleashing ANUBIS' full potential that shows them more following in the footsteps of their first two albums rather than the third but still manage to create enough stylistic shifts as not to sound like they are merely retreading although let's face it. This is a formulaic neo-prog sound that fails to tread new grounds and unapologetically relies on the the tried and true formulaic approach that utilizes the steady flow of soft and heavy passages with instrumental workouts centered on Moulding's vocal deliveries. However, when it's done this well, no innovating experiments need apply.

THE SECOND HAND may come off as just another neo-prog album in the greater scheme of things but it is performed beautifully and with Moulding delivering his most diverse vocal performances of his career, it all comes together beautifully with spacey Pink Floyd atmospheric touches swirling around gentle acoustic guitar, extraordinary drumming and the modern day neo-prog trend of heavy rock guitar outbursts. As with all these sorts of albums, you really don't have to focus on the theme at all but rather can simply enjoy the music as it goes through the many strong compositions that balance all the elements superbly. While it may not deviate significantly from previous albums, something about THE SECOND HAND gives it a unique flavor albeit subtle but most importantly is that the album is rather consistent in that no weak filler track permeates the inner circles therefore no derailment of enjoyment occurs. Another strong release in the ANUBIS canon.

 Different Stories by ANUBIS album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.84 | 48 ratings

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Different Stories
Anubis Neo-Prog

Review by javajeff

4 stars More Anubis is a good thing, and this collection of previously released songs puts some of their best on one album with completely new musical arrangements. Different Stories is indeed different, because these are mellow, more acoustic versions of their songs. Two of my favorite songs, The Doctor and The Collapse from the debut 230503, unfortunately are not on here. Considering those are hard hitting tracks with punch, perhaps that is where the line was drawn. They have so many good songs with melodies and phrasing that are easy to sing along to, so they really could do not wrong with their choices. I would call Different Stories a more accessible album that anyone can enjoy, and maybe that is the point to it. It is a less progressive sampling. Overall, it is a fine addition to their catalog, but it is not a starting point or a compilation. Someone seeking a compilation should likely go with Behind Our Eyes Live, 2014 since the original arrangements are stellar. It is still best to just buy them in order since their first two albums are the best place to start, but Different Stories should not be missed for fans of their music.
 Hitchhiking To Byzantium by ANUBIS album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.95 | 191 ratings

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Hitchhiking To Byzantium
Anubis Neo-Prog

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

4 stars The Australian neo-prog band ANUBIS (a quick search will yield about 13 bands of the same name) continued their trend of taking three years in between albums which is exactly what they did on their third album HITCHHIKING TO BYZANTIUM (2014) after their critically acclaimed "A Tower Of Silence" (2011) and debut "230503" (2009). Despite occupying a small niche within the neo-prog sub- genre within the world progressive rock, this lesser known band from Down Under has made quite a name for themselves in select small circles if not yet reaching the worldwide household name status of bands such as Marillion, IQ or Arena.

Once again the same cast members which includes the five main musicians and a few guest vocalists and a wind player find a way to weave a conceptual theme into a single album clocking in well over an hour's length playing time. While the first two albums took the same approach with an overarching concept carrying the lyrics and music along for the ride, HITCHHIKING TO BYZANTIUM treads new ground in many ways without sacrificing the same catchy grooves augmented by acoustic dreamy passages, synth-heavy atmospheres and passionately delivered vocal narrations.

Abandoning the storyline concept, HITCHHIKING TO BYZANTIUM (an ancient Greek colony that later became Constantinople and even later Istanbul) takes the approach where each band member contributed lyrics based on personal concepts of their life's journey and conjures up all the emotional maelstroms and occasional successes that cover the entire human experience spectrum, thus the dominate role of lead vocalist Robert James Moulding and keyboardist David Eaton contributing as the main creators of content has been replaced by a more democratic show-and-tell session in musical format.

Like most albums tucked away in the sub-genre, ANUBIS relies heavily on the lyrical content which dictates the musical direction which takes on various styles ranging from Pink Floyd inspired space rock to heavy King Crimson-esque amplified rock guitar as well as the by now well tested neo-prog stomping grounds that include thick layers of synthesized atmospheric backdrops that allow the musical edifices to shapeshift from one emotional phase to another. While not as all encompassing as the first two concept albums, neither does the lack of unity detract substantially from an overall musical feel across the album's running time which includes several lengthy pieces with the longest emerging with the near sixteen minute "A Room With A View."

While upon first listen, it may seem that ANUBIS has fallen into the business-as-usual rut that many bands do with the expected neo-prog attributes following suit, but a more attentive listen will yield more surprises than just a quickie one-off listening session. Guitarist Douglas Skene admits to forcing himself to explore new musical arenas and therefore songs are written in a variety of different keys and playing styles in order to bring out new dimensions in Moulding's vocals which when compared to first two albums does ring true with tracks like "Tightening The Screws" sounding nothing like the band's previous efforts. In fact Moulding's fragile vocal approach sounds somewhat like the Norwegian band Leprous in their most tender and subdued moments.

With the stunning achievement of the first two album's ANUBIS clearly ran the risk of running away from their established band sound too far, too fast but while i'm the first to admit that HITCHHIKING TO BYZANTIUM does not usurp the one / two punch of the duo masterpiece set that preceded or even live up to them, neither does it find the band teetering off into irrelevancy. HITCHHIKING achieves exactly what any good neo-prog album of the 21st century should, namely long well thought out composition that connect lyrical content with catchy pop oriented hooks stretched out into progressive complexities

 The Second Hand by ANUBIS album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.88 | 150 ratings

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The Second Hand
Anubis Neo-Prog

Review by theinvisibleman

5 stars James... James... open your eyes for me....

Surrounded by breathing machines and the sound of ominous TV and radio reports I'm sucked straight into the downfall of James Osbourne-Fox. A Rupert Murdoch figure, a 1%er.

This album is the true follow up to the bands still luminous second LP, but with the concept and message drawn into even starker focus and the material more varied. Take the opening single - 'Fools Gold' and tell me it couldn't have been very at home on Marillion's Clutching at Straws or Seasons End? A Tower of Silence had a brooding intense vibe all the way through - save the end of the last track, but this one emotionally zig zags between that same intensity (The Second Hand, The Making of Me, While Rome Burns, Pages of Stone) and the more uplifting musical sections that are steeped in reverie and reminiscence (Fools Gold, These Changing Seasons trilogy, Blackout). The highly engaging way the story is structured throughout the musical journey allows the listener to see the actions of the fallen protagonist through a more sympathetic viewpoint - that he was the product of a time and class system that damaged him and many like him. It's unashamedly cognitively dissonant; and all the better for humanising him.

Musically, the performances exceed those on Tower of Silence - the drumming and bass playing have more fire and unpredictability, with Pages of Stone a highlight in its 'Passing Bell' esque arrangement and development. Anubis excel at this 'everything including the kitchen sink' style of arrangement as it reaches frightening intensity throughout.

The band have been explicit in their promo about the exclusive use of vintage instruments in this album which is where the 'all too retro' criticism in some quarters may have come from. This does work very well for the album but may not be something that will work again and again for them, so it's best not to get stuck in 1975. However, to hear a real mellotron and grinding Hammond organ and guitars with tape delay effects is a joy that always excites an old prog guy like me. People do still make music 'like that'.

The vocals are the crown jewel on this album with Robert James Moulding soaring over the band in excellent voice. From a whisper to a roar, his range and register has expanded since Tower days and his voice and lyrics are the deserved centrepiece for what must surely be one of the best symphonic progressive rock records of 2017?

 Hitchhiking To Byzantium by ANUBIS album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.95 | 191 ratings

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Hitchhiking To Byzantium
Anubis Neo-Prog

Review by AlexVigne

5 stars I have loved Anubis' second album 'A Tower of Silence' and was initially a little disappointed that Hitchhiking to Byzantium did not give me a follow up of that album, but a new one with a different feel. Gone was the oppressive haunted houses and ghostly apparations and were replaced by songs about real life. To be fair, it took me three years to find my way into this album when their very excellent new 'Second hand' appeared and still had the 'Tower' magic, I came back to try again. I'm glad I did as the beauty in this album is best appreciated as something to hear after the second hand. Highlights are the wonderful title track, the long song 'A Room with a View' and the closer Silent Wandering Ghosts, but with magic guitar solos throughout the album. The keyboards seem more understated on this record than its predecessor or its follow up. There isn't the concept to hang on so it rises or falls on the songwriting, and luckily Hitchhiking has good songs. Approach with open mind if you're a fan of old (or new) Anubis. Three years ago I'd give this album three stars. Today, I feel differently and four and a half feels good.
 The Second Hand by ANUBIS album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.88 | 150 ratings

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The Second Hand
Anubis Neo-Prog

Review by AlexVigne

5 stars Anubis return in 2015 with 'the Second Hand' which feels like the classic 'A Tower of Silence' in its concept feel and sound. Like Stephen Wilson's 'Raven' album, this album looks lovingly over the shoulder at the classic era prog with a sympathetic sound to match. The use of real Mellotron and the keyboard sounds orchestrate the album, with highlights being the excellent single 'fools gold' and the epic 'pages of stone' which is powerful with an emotional and powerful climax. The harmony vocals are the best the band has recorded and the guitar solos are full of passion and always suit the song. New bassist Anthony Stewart makes his presence felt with some of the band's strongest rhythm section work to date. Will everybody love it? No. It'll divide people. But so does all good prog. Is it as good as 'A Tower'? Not quite. But with a beautiful artwork and a concept that strikes at the heart, it's a album that I'll come back to again and again. Four and a half strong stars from here. Welcome back Anubis.
 The Second Hand by ANUBIS album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.88 | 150 ratings

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The Second Hand
Anubis Neo-Prog

Review by jpgarcia7787

2 stars Run-of-the-mill prog. Lackluster melodies and progressions, no unique changes or anything that catches you off- guard. It's only highlighted by entry-level odd time signatures, which is barely a highlight in lieu of other prog bands. The concept for the album is pretty dull and uninspiring; don't expect riveting, emotional content here.

The production and mixing is brutal. It sounds like the panning is too centered, and the vocals are boosted way too much, pushing the rest of the band back in the mix. This is 2017; the music industry has made larger strides. This is either too retro or just straight-up shoddy. This doesn't help, considering there is not much going on in the layering, arrangements and orchestrations. The overall sound is very thin and flat.

This was very painful to sit through. I'd only recommend this for people looking for something to supplement their time before the next big sound. At the time, I saw this album at No. 10 on the Top 2017, which happened to be an album I saw in the Progressive Rock listing on Bandcamp. I figured I would check it out. I regret my decision; wasted time.

It'd be nice to see this band improve, because you can tell they're trying for something unique. Just not quite there yet.

 The Second Hand by ANUBIS album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.88 | 150 ratings

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The Second Hand
Anubis Neo-Prog

Review by Rivertree
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5 stars Are they serving their first or second hand here, or what? ... oh, it doesn't matter. It's not the bands first sign of life of course. This new ANUBIS album runs into a 70 minutes lasting revelation, when it comes to (my) prog standards. Going back to the very beginning ... similiar to Aisles due to 'Club Hawaii' this Aussie sextet made Fool's Gold and The Making Of Me available beforehand. Those songs are addictive really, sorta well sought out appetizer, which won't let you turn away in the aftermath, never ever. What stays, nothing but eagerly waiting for the release date ... and finally obsessively hoping for some more jewels, hell, yeah!

They are returning back to a concept album format, dealing with the downfall of media mogul James Osbourne- Fox, left paralysed and imprisoned in his own body after a severe brain injury, this obviously spiked with references to current conflicts worldwide. The cinematic touch predominantly comes from several interspersed samples, often representing the transition from one song to the next. As for that 'The Second Hand' ultimately comes as an epic unity, moreover somewhat ageless, sounding like a modern blend of neo and art rock, however, due to the offensive use of mellotron, organ and piano, also rooting in the early prog years too.

This album shows the band on its emotive peak, definitely. There's no need, respectively no chance, to emphasize any particular excerpt or involved musician. The entire compositional attitude belongs to the finest attempts I could listen to this year. Featuring diversity and a bunch of catchy moments, alongside with the technical and instrumental implementation, a really stunning result. By the way, Douglas Skene has offered another regarded effort with the band Hemina last year. Perfect, perfect, almost perfect! Hardly ever it occurs that I'll hand over a masterpiece status to a new album appearing ... now here we go!

 The Second Hand by ANUBIS album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.88 | 150 ratings

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Review by RedKnot

5 stars Review from promotional copy:

After loving Anubis' second album - A Tower of Silence (still highly rated on PA after all these years) - a fairly heavy criticism of organised religion seemingly disguised as a ghost story; I had warmed to their slightly edgy lyrical and conceptual stance. 2014's Hitchhiking to Byzantium seemed to represent a different place, and whilst the songs were still very strong, it lacked the cohesiveness and the desire to hear it repeatedly as a complete piece seemed to elude me.

I caught the band in London a couple of years back, and with 'Silence' material dominating all else in their set, I felt they could maybe repeat the trick and turn out something else of comparable beauty and impact.

The Second Hand, largely, seems to have achieved this. Where a world has turned upside down, good guys aren't necessarily good, and nobody knows anything anymore, Anubis steams into the media establishment that gave us Brexit, Trump, ISIS and an endless cavalcade of bad news, anxiety and scalding, debillitating empathy.

By creating a Murdoch/Maxwell/Beaverbrook hybrid, the English public school educated, emotionally disconnected uber- tory James Osbourne-Fox, Anubis project their rage at the system that created the wealth inequity, the establishment and its self interest. It's like Marillion's FEAR in intent, but this one is really furious about it. He suffered some form of accident, or perhaps attempts suicide - 'a noose no longer evades' (we're not told, it's kept vague)

The lyrics are amongst the strongest the band ever had - with the plight of an incapacitated Osbourne-Fox dealt with from the point of regret and realization of the ultimate futility of wealth and power, the ultimate 'you can't take it with you when you go moment'.

Musically, the band have mined the 'classical' approach. It's a symphonic prog record in all but name. The band have claimed to have used vintage equipment, including Hammond organs and mellotrons, and it certainly has that texture all over it. But it doesn't feel like a prog pastiche either, it's literally burning over with ideas and different stylistic approaches that all seem to reach the same end goal. There's beautiful vocal harmony that almost has a west-coast feel, there's avante garde psychedelic moments, some strong stately anthemic passages, sound effects, and in the epic Pages of Stone, arguably their strongest recorded moment, where the ensemble playing is devastatingly effective and the climax rivals even 'The Holy Innocent' for emotional impact.

Is it as strong as A Tower of Silence? It certainly feels like it may be. Time will tell.

Thanks to Windhawk for the artist addition. and to E&O Team for the last updates

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