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Australian band ANUBIS was formed in 2004, and the specific aim of the band was 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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4.05 | 128 ratings
230503
2009
4.12 | 360 ratings
A Tower Of Silence
2011
3.87 | 70 ratings
Hitchhiking to Byzantium
2014

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3.50 | 2 ratings
And I Wait For My World To End
2012
4.00 | 2 ratings
A King with no Crown
2014

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 Hitchhiking to Byzantium by ANUBIS album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.87 | 70 ratings

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Hitchhiking to Byzantium
Anubis Neo-Prog

Review by RedKnot

5 stars Expectation was high for H2B as Tower of Silence has been on repeat a lot since I got it. I heard it was coming through an online EPK which seemed to bode well, it all sounded damn fine. However, following a classic is never easy and the pressure was alluded to by even the musicians themselves.

They needn't have worried though. H2B is a wonderful record from beginning to end.

The biggest differences here is that it IS slightly more daring, and will polarise fans a little, I dare suggest. It isn't at all Tower of Silence pt.2, which may for some be a reason alone to turn away. However, that said, the musical DNA is still liberally sprinkled throughout the CD, and some of it is more reminiscent of the raw and edgy approach to their first album, but some of it is also extremely accessible. There may well be cries of 'sell out' when people hear the choruses of say 'Dead Trees' which are very well crafted popular music, but the quirky 7/4 verses and the solo have the same effect as Archway of Tears from ATOS which juxtaposes the accessible chorus.

The intro track, 'Fadeout' is pastoral and sweet, not unlike the first part of All that Is, and A King with no Crown bursts in like an unwelcome intruder with it's sharp angular groove and 'Collapse' like chorus. The aforementioned Dead Trees passes into the title track which is signature Anubis, with all the characteristics (save a sax solo to die for) that made The Holy Innocent such a memorable cut. The girl vocals from All that is are seemingly better integrated into the band this time and the whole song exudes majesty and quality.

So far, so Anubis then. However, nothing prepared me for what happened next.

Blood is Thicker than Common Sense is, in the nicest way, a nasty piece of work. It's unexpectedly violent and twists and turns around in the same way as 'Cygnus Vismund Cygnus' by the Mars Volta or 'Sound Chaser' by Yes does. Coming in at this point, it's definitely tremendously effective, and here its the drumming of Steven Eaton and the bass playing of 'late arrival' Anthony Stewart which delight and shock in equal measure. Robert James Moulding's vocals alternate between shouting and soothing and it's schizophrenic middle section almost sounds like two different voices duetting. It's very effective. The whole thing winds down before ramping back up into a B3 solo par excellence and a massive last section that features sax man Martin Cook on all manner of wind instruments. It's worth the album for this track alone.

The next track is again, by contrast exceptionally effective, being predominantly folky and there's an almost Radiohead like quality to the vocals which is echoed in the sublime bass work. The coda of the track could have come straight from 'Clutching at Straws' or 'Seasons End' and is one of the strongest moments that Anubis have yet committed to tape (or whatever they use these days).

Partitionists is a somewhat nostalgic romp that manages to capture the best of Anubis past with some more excellent drumming and vocal harmonies. This segues by way of church bells into the sublime 'Crimson Stained Romance' which starts off sounding like IQ does Floyd and ends up with church organs and full choirs in full gothic mode, with a soaring guitar solo and a vocal denoument to match.

However, the piece that surprised like no other is the penultimate 'A Room with A View' which seems to be about suicide. The piece begins with eerie piano and keybaord textures before a climax that reminds me of the start of 'Octavarium' by Dream Theatre. This then skips off into a brisk Steve Hackett-playing-Yes sort of solo which is underpinned by an almost Tubular Bells like piano figure. Talk about blending your influences! This gives way to a sparse acoustic like sections chocked full of harmonies (almost CSN and Y at points) before going full circle back to neo-prog. Packed full of gorgeous vocals and exquisite lyrics. Lovely. The middle of the track has an unexpected dance with the ghost of Jethro Tull (did Martin Cook play this on one leg?) and a reprise of the opening gambit before a collosal climax and coda with incredible vocals. Wow. I need a cigarette.

However, no time. As the ending 'Silent Wandering Ghosts', kisses you off to sleep with some of the most tender vocals on the album and a guitar solo that David Gilmour would proudly call his own.

So, this is definitely Anubis' best yet. Where to from here? No idea, but on the strength of this, there'll only be more to come.

Is it as good as 'The Road of Bones'? Hmmm... not sure yet. Too much study of both to do, but it's damn close. Definitely a grower and definitely a record with many, many, many listens ahead of it.

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 A Tower Of Silence by ANUBIS album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.12 | 360 ratings

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A Tower Of Silence
Anubis Neo-Prog

Review by RedKnot

5 stars Anubis' 230503 was a bit of a blindside. The band came from seemingly nowhere with a curiously edgy sounding take on classic prog. It had some excellent highs - the last two tracks sounded really vital, but the album was a bit patchy and was obviously a combination of first night nerves and inexperience. ATOS takes all of the promise, mixes in a confidence missing from the first set, adds a glorious cover, and sets it all to stunning music.

Anubis won't win any awards for being the most musically original band you'll ever hear. I will say that. The keyboard sounds are tried and tested, the guitar blends Gilmouresque melody with Govanesque pyrotechnics (so far so good) and the drums have the requisite blend of solid time-keeping and classic prog quirkiness. The bass is typically busy, Squire/Lee/Rutherford fayre, but with less bite and twang tonally.

However, none of that is a slight. As the songs are so bloody good that it doesn't matter how 'tried and tested' the sonics are. This album has majesty, it has heart and it's so damn well played, all of it, that it doesn't matter one iota if it's a mellotron or not.

The Passing Bell is a brave opener. If you can get through the opening barage (which I love) then you'll find the album opens up to you more and more, and by the time it reaches the haunting title track, you find yourself slightly mesmerized.

Where Anubis are different is their vocal sound. Robert James Moulding doesn't sound like Gabriel, or Fish, or IQ or Unitopia. There's lots of melody, lots and lots of vocal harmony and different voices too. It's not as much an acquired taste as say, Gentle Giant or Van der Graaff, but it is unique. There's a soulful rawness to the voice that seems to fit the albums desperate feel.

By the time it reaches The Holy Innocent - which I first heard on a Prog mag CD, it goes to another level altogether, and the saxophone solo of Martin Cook must surely be one of the best in recent prog. The last track, the beautiful All that is has a poignancy that grabs the heart strings and tugs for all its worth.

It's an album that continues to move me and make me think. Which all good music should.

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 Hitchhiking to Byzantium by ANUBIS album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.87 | 70 ratings

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Anubis Neo-Prog

Review by Warthur
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3 stars I really enjoyed the previous two Anubis albums, and whilst I respect them for evolving their sound rather than treading water I found this latest effort, Hitchhiking to Byzantium, doesn't quite work for me. It naturally feels slightly less cohesive than its predecessors, because unlike them it isn't a concept album, but it goes further than that - Robert James Moulding's lead vocals bug me here in a way which somehow they didn't on the previous albums, and their musical influences have shifted from the likes of Muse and IQ to a blend which reminds me more of Keane and Pink Floyd (or rather, the castrated modern approximations of Pink Floyd lots of bands try to offer up). Decently performed and some will probably love this, but it isn't quite for me.

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 Hitchhiking to Byzantium by ANUBIS album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.87 | 70 ratings

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Review by praj912

5 stars H2B proves that 2011's surprise masterpiece AToS was no fluke. Whether it is received as well as AToS will remain to be seen, but there's nothing here to disappoint. In fact, it goes above and beyond AToS in a lot of ways. It has all the grandeur of the previous release and all those prog-rock goodies we all love in spades, but there's a steadier flow and yes, many things lyrically to relate to.

The cover artwork is again excellent. Artwork is very important to the visuality of the music on a disc. It can provide tonal colours to enhance the music. A blank cover is better than a bad cover, luckily we get the best here.

'Fadeout' begins the album in a relaxed dreamy neo-prog way before 'A King with no Crown' arrives with its jagged groove and vocal hooks. The hooks may not grab you instantly, but they get you in the end. It features a dreamy moog solo as an interlude in the in the middle and this really makes the song.

'Dead Trees' skips off, sounding not too unlike 'The National' until the chorus catches you. A worthy next single, there's some nice atmospherics, first with the drum loop intro and then with some high pitched guitar harmonies in the chorus. We are then treated to an expressive guitar solo, before the song concludes with a guitar solo and trancelike guitar to fadeout.

The title track is less bombastic than I expected, it has a laid back Sunday afternoon feel to it, but rather than sailing by, it draws you in to its lush melodies. The last 3 minutes of the song build to a crescendo of guitar and keyboard harmonies.

'Blood is Thicker than Common Sense' picks up the pace with a quick fire vocal trade-off in the verse and staccato riffing before the chorus comes in. The vocal trade-offs continue throughout the song while the drums keep the tempo busy. The ending sprawls out with a nice progressive guitar riff in some time signature I can't be bothered to figure out.

The opening acoustic chords of 'Tightening of the Screws' lead into one of the strongest 'songs' on the album, some nice guitar tinkering, some mandolin and some creative drumming intersperse the verses and choruses before we are treated to one of the best guitar solos on the album. 'Partitionists' begins slightly ominously before a funky 70s guitar riff takes us through the verses and onto the chorus. A quick tempo change and chance to cut a little bit loose with a tastefully blistering guitar solo and yet another tempo change and an almost Led Zeppelin-like finish.

'Crimson Stained Romance' spends its first half sounding like a bit of a tribute to Pink Floyd (it was inevitable at some point), but then the church organ kicks in followed by a sweeping guitar solo and the song finishes as Anubis as it gets with female backing vocals.

'A Room with a View' goes through many changes over its 15 minutes but never loses its flow, lots of musical interludes throughout the vocal sections. It starts ominously with a pensive piano riff and some slide guitar before picking up the pace. The initial verses feature a gentle lead vocal line before bringing in the vocal harmonies, then there's a flute driven musical interlude before the pace picks up again with some nice vocal harmonies and a stellar closing out sequence.

The end is just the beginning. 'Silent Wandering Ghosts' brings things together with the emotive coming together of the album's theme, building before finishing with an excellent guitar solo.

Overall, there's more going on on this release, lots of little treasures hidden in the mix, guitar tinkerings, atmospherics, keys, lots of tempo changes. I haven't covered half of it. A worthy follow up to AToS; it sounds more original but retains the stylistic trademarks that make Anubis a band to rival their contemporaries and their influences. A 5 on first listens.

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 A Tower Of Silence by ANUBIS album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.12 | 360 ratings

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Anubis Neo-Prog

Review by Progrussia

3 stars Little-known Australian prog scene has been growing recently, but hasnt blown me away yet. Unitopia comes closest. Anubis sound like a cross between whiny Pink Floyd and indie rock. Some reequisite Pink Floydian guitar solos and buzzy, not too loud guitar sound, bu mostly layered synths.

This is a concept album. Most songs are quite long and take a while to make their point. Of those, Passing Bells (with its cool skipping riff) and All That Is, are most varied, with both more energetic and anthemic sections. But the rest is, maybe lush, but just too whiny and boring. There is a thin line between majestic and boring in prog, and hey, I like slow-moving bands like RPWL and such, and I like to write reviews - which by definition makes me boring - but even to me this stuff is same-y and tedious.

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Review by sukmytoe

5 stars On first listen this album took my breath away and for the first time in a long time I found myself restarting tracks consistantly in order to keep the music flowing and in order to varify that what I was hearing was as good as I was percieving it to be. After many listens now I am still blown away each time I spool this up.

"The Passing Bell (Part I - VI)" - This is an absolute giant of a track. It takes me on a trip outside of my head meaning that I get very personally involved in the music - it demands absolute attention. To compare it to something else is not easy as it holds melody and structures that remind me of the very best of all of my very favorite prog bands within the flowing, changing music scapes that make it up. It emulates none of the of the old prog giant tracks or bands however it encompasses them all. Quite simply this is at the top of the heap of my very favorite tracks along with "Supper's Ready" and the like.

"Archway of Tears" - To begin an album with a track as strong as the first one was and to keep the momentum would be difficult but Anubis get this track right as well. The bass lines in this are especially interesting to my ears.

"This Final Resting Place" - Not as strong as what came before but that isn't a negative as this is still extremely strong musical nirvana. Again I find the bass lines very interesting indeed.

"A Tower of Silence" - A quieter more moody piece. Very emotive and powerful. If the listeners mood isn't melancholy to start with this track will take him by the hand and take him to that place where loneliness resides. Very, very emotive and emotion inducing.

"Weeping Willow" - A short piece that continues the mood - it serves as a lull in the emotional storm of the music and in that it is brilliant.

"And I Wait for My World to End" - Musically this track kind of lightens the mood. Sounds very much like Floyd in parts, in a good way.

"The Holy Innocent" - With every listen I pick up things that I haven't heard before in this and that is a sign of really good music.

"All That Is" - Ends the album on a strong note. One feels as if one has been on a long journey after this closes.

This remains one of the strongest albums that I've heard and it remains at the top of my "will listen to again and again" pile of albums. It is a stunning whirlwind of emotion and intensity. I can't really categorise the music into the Neo Prog pocket however that is probably what it is closest to. A very solid 5 star effort as far as I'm concerned and I'm very suprised that this band and album haven't found more popularity here than 292 ratings suggest that it has especially where those 292 ratings average out at a 4.11 average rating.

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Anubis Neo-Prog

Review by sukmytoe

4 stars It took a while for this album to grow on me. The only reason that this album recieved more airplay than the first initial listen from my side was really due to the next album from the band which after hearing it renewed my interest in this one.

"The Deepest Wound" - The "alternative rock" sound of this track almost put me off the album to start with but on relistens I picked up an interesting thread that underlies the top layer "Men at Work" sound of the track.

"Leaving here Tonight" - Starts off with a sound that I love being the acoustic guitar sound of America and the like (Ventura Highway kind of guitar sound) before fleshing out into a very enjoyable excursion into almost Pink Floydish territory.

"Breaking Water" - Haunting simple piano driven beginning to a musical mood excursion. Almost an interlude track.

"Waterfall" - I enjoy the bass through this slow moody piece punctuated by Gilmour sounding guitar.

"Anonymity" - Another interesting electronic mood interlude kind of track.

"The Bond of Mutual Distrust" - Starts of gently before slamming in with an almost alternative rock sound again. Halfway through it segues into psychadelic space rock turf before returning to the alternative sound. An interesting track although the "alternative rock" sound is not my cup of tea for the main part.

"The Doctor" - "Men At Work" sound again doesn't do all that much for me. Not an album highlight.

"Flying / Falling" - Interlude type track that returns my interest to the album after the previous interest breaking track.

"The Collapse" - Again that "alternative rock" sound to start however the track fleshes out into a brilliant piece of progressive majesty.

"Disinfected and Abused" - This is brilliant music and this track along with the previous one are the giants on the album.

All in all I have a love/hate relationship with this album. I don't like "alternative rock" as a rule however this is kind of a progressive adventure incorporating the alternative rock sound in what is essentially a progressive music sound journey. I can't fault the musicianship as it is excellent as is the album concept. The highs are really high and the lows (which aren't many) are really low. It isn't an album that I will bury at the bottom of my maybe listen to again pile as I will most definitely be listening to it again however I usually defer to this albums younger brother when I decide to listen to Anubis. Rating wise I have to give this album four stars - it is really a three and a half star effort but as this is a band that I am most definitely watching in anticipation in future I'll push it to four.

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Review by 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

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 A Tower Of Silence by ANUBIS album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.12 | 360 ratings

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A Tower Of Silence
Anubis Neo-Prog

Review by sinslice

5 stars Transcendent! Outside standard

The typical disk you hear a few times and leave it, hear it again and gradually you discover that it is a rare piece, different, captivating. Admirable and compelling from the musical and emotional standpoint.

When conjugated emotion, melody and progressive musical ability, achieved a masterpiece like this.

The lyrics are intimate and on a spiritual quest, masterfully expressed. Regardless of creed, everyone is looking for answers, the meaning of life.

In the first issue, The Passing Bell, 11 energetic opening minutes, then the song turns into a prayer that begins with a piano that thickens with the rest of the instruments. Amazing! Super guitar work, and throughout the album.

This Final Resting Place, Tower of Silence and And I Wait For My World To End with its outstanding chorus, and masterful instrumental passages, smooth and powerful. The Holy Innocent is a rumble of energy, full of nostalgia.

All That Is ends with some pessimism, and little illusion. In another display of controlled force towards the end.

All musicians make a great contribution, the voice is also appropriate, with a distinctive intonation.

In short, no waste. To Discover and enjoy.

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 A Tower Of Silence by ANUBIS album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.12 | 360 ratings

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A Tower Of Silence
Anubis Neo-Prog

Review by AEProgman

4 stars Fellow PA member Infocat, Thank You!

I am a newbie and have been reviewing my favorites of the past mostly. So I thought I would come up to speed (sort of) and review this album which was recommended to me by Infocat in his response to my newbie introduction in the Forum. I have been listening to it for the past week and it is delightful, even though the concept of the album may not be so. It first sounded in a spiritual nature, but after further listens and reading reviews, it is about a mental patient but is uplifting

The first track, The Passing Bell, is the epic which starts out with sort of a Eloy sounding guitar (with much better vocals), but eventually gets to a Floydian sound in nature and ends in a majestic marching feel. Excellent.

The rest of the album is very good with various moods brought out in melodies that can stick in your head (in a good way). You can hear elements of Floyd, early Genesis, a little Beatles, as well as their own sound. It is filled with nice, deep moog sounds and ends in another majestic, beauitful tune (All That Is) that is full of driving moods and good vocal harmonies.

Having only listened to it a week, I give it 4.5 stars but will hold off to a 4 while I listen to it more.

PS-I would not have learned about this band if I had not joined PA and this been recommended. So join up if you are on the outside looking in.

AEProgman

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