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Anubis Gate: The Detached

Anubis Gate: The Detached

Progressive/Power Metal
Rating: 4.25/5.0

If you feel a bit of deja vu when listening to Anubis Gate's fine new release 'The Detached,' it may be because you hear echoes of Queensyrche in their music. Jacob Hansen's voice and many of the compositions on this disc sound much like the early works of that great American prog metal band. But before you get dismissive thinking Anubis Gate may be only clones, you need to listen carefully to 'The Detached.' This album is loaded with impressive and expansive progressive power metal that will charm the most jaded of ears.

'The Detached' is a concept album based on a story by Danish game play writer Martin Rauff. The Detached are immortals having the ability to travel freely through space and time. The story follows one such immortal his travels and the consequences of them. The story is interesting, but it is the music that is the real player here. Anubis Gate brings a variety of arrangements many where very heavy lines blend eagerly with the more sublime as on 'Out of Time' and 'Dodechedron.' Mostly, however, Anubis Gate are master of combining a rich breadth tempos and movements within every song. They extend their creativity best when the progressive trumps the generic power metal as on 'Pyramids' and 'Options Going Nowhere.' Generally, most progressive metal is not necessarily mainstream friendly, but on 'Lost In Myself,' Anubis Gates delivers the prog in a very catchy melodic metal wrapper. This song along should grab anyone interest and cause the to want to dive into the rich musical tapestry of 'The Detached.'

On their fourth release 'The Detached,' Anubis Gate shows once again their creativity and poise offering an grand work of immense and satisfying progressive metal. Both compelling and convincing, the songs show the caliber of Anubis Gates skills and their continued presences as prog masters. Very recommended!

In Short

On their fourth release 'The Detached,' Anubis Gate shows once again their creativity and poise offering an grand work of immense and satisfying progressive metal. Both compelling and convincing, the songs show the caliber of Anubis Gates skills and their continued presences as prog masters.

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