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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 Crow | 2/5 |


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