The first two albums from
Anubis Gate were recorded under the guidance of Danish producer
extra-ordinary Jacob Hansen in his Hansen Studio's in Ribe, Denmark.
Both of them had a very strong and powerful production, but seemed
to lack the special something that would have made them something
more than the ordinary.
For their third album
'Andromeda Unchained' they have returned to the same studio, using
the same producer, but this time around he is not just the producer,
but also the lead vocalist for Anubis Gate. Many felt former
vocalist Torben Askholm was holding the band back, I wouldn't go
that far, but must admit that Jacob fits the music better than
Torben did. And it's quite refreshing to hear his clean voice - I
was never a huge fan of his style in Invocator - and he certainly
adds a new dimension to the Anubis Gate sound.
Their style haven't changed
much; a good and strong brew of classic 80's traditional heavy metal
combined with early 90's more epic stuff and newer darker
progressive patterns. 'Andromeda Unchained' is without a doubt their
most mature and complete album, everything seems to be in place and
the overall performance is top notch.
This album surely has the
quality to make a stir and it should bring this band more attention
than their first couple of albums did. Fourteen well written,
executed and produced songs, there are no fillers and the general
standard is very high. This album rocks, so do give it a
chance - you might be in for a big surprise...