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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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ANUBIS top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.03 | 184 ratings
230503
2009
4.12 | 466 ratings
A Tower Of Silence
2011
3.95 | 194 ratings
Hitchhiking To Byzantium
2014
3.89 | 159 ratings
The Second Hand
2017
3.55 | 58 ratings
Different Stories
2018

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

4.50 | 16 ratings
Behind Our Eyes (Live, 2014)
2015
4.50 | 2 ratings
Lights Of Change (Live In Europe 2018)
2019

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ANUBIS Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

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

3.63 | 8 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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 Different Stories by ANUBIS album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.55 | 58 ratings

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Different Stories
Anubis Neo-Prog

Review by thesimilitudeofprog

3 stars With their fifth album Anubis puts some of their best on one album with completely new musical arrangements, in order to finance their European tour in July of 2018. The result is not an ordinary unplugged or acoustic work, but a throttled version of their cinematic progressive rock. 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.

Also included is a previously unpublished song called Technicolour Afterlife. Which was to be the title track of there debut album, which was released as 230503. It's the final page of that particular story which was shelved back in 2005. It's nice to finally show it the light of day. Different Stories should not be missed for fans of their music.

Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection

 Different Stories by ANUBIS album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.55 | 58 ratings

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Different Stories
Anubis Neo-Prog

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

3 stars Australian neo-proggers ANUBIS go unplugged for this little foray away from the usual album release as they re-record several tracks off their first four albums and add the extra caveat of one brand spankin' new song completely in an almost all acoustic format. These novel new musical arrangements of what are considered the greatest hits collection by the fanbase has been mellowed out and stripped down to create a more intimate listening experience that drops the production rich and keyboard drenched leanings of the studio albums and instead focuses on the sole strength of the melodies and vocal performances. While the entire sextet is back on all their respective instruments, the sound is warmer and less pompous than the usual prog outpouring from one of Australia's more symphonic dominated bands.

While keyboards are still present they are used sparingly with none providing atmospheric backdrops but rather serve more as piano and organ runs. The acoustic guitar adds a whole new dimension however a few scant electric guitar licks are inserted here and there. As a whole the new stripped down style sounds like an entirely new band covering ANUBIS songs! In fact Robert James Moulding's vocals remind me of Thom Yorke from Radiohead for the much of the time. While hardcore proggers may not be into this, surely diehard fans will at least appreciate the effort the band undertook to make this sound warm and inviting. The production is perfectly mixed as to allow all the instruments to melt into a potpourri of acoustic love as the band parades down familiar territory but changes tempos and rhythmic developments as to adapt them to the acoustic realms.

While the individual tracks are all performed exquisitely, one issue stems from the album's continuity as ANUBIS is a band that strives to make their music a full album experience and in the process the various tracks from four separate albums don't always work together as harmoniously as they would in their original context but if taken as a unique form of releasing a greatest hits album then it's not really that bad actually, just don't expect the overall effect to match the real enchiladas. The album starts off great with the band's anthemic "The Passing Bell" which struts its proggy stuff through its 13 minute run without losing any of its mojo by having been stripped down but by the time the album reaches the middle "Dead Trees" the stripped down sound begins to sound a little hollow as ANUBIS are all about a superb keyboard rich production since the keys are a major source of their diverse sound approach.

The only new track "Technicolour Afterlife" doesn't deviate from the formula but indeed is an acoustic rock track however with less prog influences and almost as mainstream as some of Supertramp's late 70s acoustic guitar songs (only not as good). Overall DIFFERENT STORIES is a decent slab of acoustic reinterpretations from one of my favorite neo-prog bands of the new millennium but in the end this is a rather supplemental feeling release as opposed to the high quality output of their first four albums and the one and only unreleased track isn't really that great, i can't in my right mind recommend this as an essential offering for ANUBIS fans but is by no means a bad album if the stylistic approach presented is something that sounds appealing. This would be perfect for MTV's Prog Unplugged hour if such a show existed!

From 250503: The Deepest Wound, Leaving Here Tonight From A TOWER OF SILENCE: The Passing Bell, The Holy Innocent From HITCHHIKING TO BYZANTUM: Title track, Dead Trees From THE SECOND HAND: Fool's Gold Previously unreleased track: Tehnicolour Afterlife

3.5 rounded down

 230503 by ANUBIS album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.03 | 184 ratings

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230503
Anubis Neo-Prog

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

5 stars The patchily shaven cheek of neo prog is offered up for a kiss on this stunning debut. From inspiration to release, "230503" was a 6 year project motivated by the desire to pay tribute to a departed friend, but morphed into a twisted and tragic work of fiction. The story is secondary to its capacity to unify over an hour of diversity, a task too seldom undertaken let alone achieved in neo prog.

It's all here, the tortured vocals, the dreamy sequences, the soaring leads, the metallic riffs, and the sprawling epics, but playing like a short of breath narrative. From the opening notes, it beckoned to me, reminding me of a heavier CLEPSYDRA, and the brief acoustic bridge to "Leaving Here Tonight" seals the blueprints to an album that really gets transitions. While I may have been ambivalent or even hostile towards numbers like "The Bond of Mutual Distrust", I eventually succumbed to the loftier ambitions. The alternating floating and percussive segment before the end of this thrasher make the final convulsions all the more memorable. I had no such misgivings about "Flying/Falling" and "The Collapse", both of which encapsulate all that works here and throughout, including that elusive optimal mix of sung and instrumental passages, from keyboard soaked atmospherics to enchanting variations on vocal melodies.

An album may be, and usually is, a mere a collection of tracks that we listen to and shelve, or it may harmonize our own experience within its grooves. "230503" belongs firmly in the latter division, with a rare gift to offer only those who surrender to it.

 230503 by ANUBIS album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.03 | 184 ratings

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230503
Anubis Neo-Prog

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

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
3.89 | 159 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
3.55 | 58 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 | 194 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
3.89 | 159 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 | 194 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
3.89 | 159 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.
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