ARTIST:

ANUBIS

(AUSTRALIA)
TITLE:

HITCHHIKING TO BYZANTIUM

(2014)
LABEL:

BIRDS ROBE

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Neo, Symphonic
"With "Hitchhiking To Byzantium", Anubis provides us with a work to be classified at the top of the scale of the inescapable neo-progressive rock albums"
TONYB (05.09.2014)  
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Revealed to the progressive world by two first albums of beautiful neo-progressive rock, the Australians of Anubis are back with a third production proposing to take us to Byzantium, not in a limousine but by hitchhiking! 

After an introduction strangely entitled Fadeout, the band serves us again a neo-progressive rock with shimmering melodies, the vocal parts alternating with long instrumental passages. And it is indeed the latter that bring all their beauty to this third work, essentially composed of mid-tempo tracks carried by neo-symphonic synths but not only, and overhung by an inspired guitar without being invasive, multiplying the melodic lines and the soli with a touch whose roundness delights the ears.

This subtle balance also allows the rhythmic section to find its place, with a regularly singing bass (what a delight when this instrument rises in the high notes!) and well present in the mix, and a drum kit far from being banal, reusing in particular the rhythmic of Grendel (of who you know) on the excellent 'Partitionists', or gratifying the epic 'A Room with a View of jerks' in total shift with the melodic softness of the piece.

So obviously, the whole is very floydian, the female choirs reminding with delight a certain Dark Side of the Moon, and we also find many winks to Marillion and Pendragon. But it's mostly Triangle - a long lost Dutch band - and their first (and magnificent) album Square the Circle released in 2000, that this work makes think of.

Nevertheless, Anubis does not indulge in these only ambiences, and comes at times to break this languorous harmony by strident guitars (A King with no Crown), by flute which reminds us more of the beginnings of Overhead (A Room with a View), or even by some delicate sound effects which would send us back to the middle of the armies of the Mordor (Blood is Thicker that Common Sense)!

Where many neo prog bands, including the most famous among them, evolve little by little by bringing a more or less supported Metal touch to their compositions, Anubis remains faithful to the standards of the 90s/early 2000s, with a little something more that make their albums bewitching works, little wonders to be savored without moderation.


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TRACK LISTING:
01. Fadeout - 2:40
02. A King with no Crown - 4:37
03. Dead Trees - 6:38
04. Hitchhiking to Byzantium - 9:44
05. Blood is Thicker than Common Sense - 9:27
06. Tightening of the Screws - 6:51
07. Partitionists - 7:43
08. Crimson Stained Romance - 6:58
09. A Room with a View - 15:51
10. Silent Wandering Ghosts - 7:13

LINEUP:
Anthony Stewart: Chant / Basse
David Eaton: Chant / Guitares / Claviers
Dean Bennison: Chant / Guitares
Doug Skene: Chant / Guitares
Martyn Cook: Saxophone, Flûte, Trompette
Robert James Moulding: Chant / Guitares / Basse / Claviers / Percussions
Steven Eaton: Chant / Batterie
Katrina Shaw: Chant / Invité
Rebecca Bennison: Chant / Invité
Sarah Schols: Chant / Invité
   
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