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  • Audio CD (15 April 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Nightmare Records/Red
  • ASIN: B00ID96LIK
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,012 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By I. Cummings-knight on 18 April 2014
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Anubis Gate is a (Very) Melodic Progressive Metal from Denmark who have already released 4 amazing albums (and 1 above average album). This makes their 5th masterpiece so far. And incidentally, makes the best introduction to this band yet due to it's streamlined songwriting and the flawless production from Jacob Hansen studios.

That's right, it's never been a better time to try this band.
I have not enjoyed a 1st listen of an album this much in some time.

It is impossible to mistake one song for another. Every song surprises you with dynamic shifts in volume, tone, and the instruments used (unaccompanied piano, acoustic guitar solos, traditional drums, and more) , but everything that happens is so elegantly completed that you will forget that you're listening to complex and layered Progressive Metal. But what sets this album apart from the others is that Horizons takes elements from their back log (particularly The Detached) and blends them seamlessly with the best vocals they've ever done and arguably their catchiest melodies yet.

Describing their sound is futile (go and try them out already), but I guess you could describe it as a combination of Threshold's March of Progress with Tesseract's Altered State but with more atmospheric keyboards that combine Depeche Mode-like ambiance with sounds similar of other Jacob Hansen studios bands like Communic, Tyr, and Mercenary. Oh and don't forget the occasional oriental influences or tiny references to classic Prog Rock.

I still haven't come close to describing how Anubis Gate actually sound.
I haven't been able to describe their tasteful restraint of virtuosity or the magical way their songs progress and evolve.

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Anubis Gate have been one of my preferred progressive bands for some time now, and I believe they are criminally under-exposed, despite habitual critical acclaim.

Horizons is best described as a sequel to their preceding self-titled album. It features uber-melodic progressive metal, and is an extremely easy listen by some metal standards. Fortunately, the band has opted for classy, hooky song-writing above tech-wankery which some progressive bands (bizarrely) prefer. The highlight is easily 'Breach of Faith', boasting a haunting opening piano melody, pleasingly crunchy riffs and a chorus which will not leave your head for weeks. The first three tracks, 'Destined to Remember', 'Never Like This (A Dream)' and 'Hear My Call' open the album particularly strongly as well.

It misses out on the 5/5 due to a slight inconsistencies across the record, with low points such as the dull closing ballad 'Erasure' and the average 'Mindlessness'.

Nevertheless, these great Danes continue their trend of high-quality prog-power metal - they have not yet released a less-than-great record and I hope it remains that way.
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By Anton Oberholzer on 24 Feb. 2015
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Very impressed with this album. Song structure and performances are top notch. Also see their free download EP with 2 brilliant covers.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Anubis Gate Is Back !!! 17 April 2014
By Robert M. Lisanti - Published on Amazon.com
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I have to say I wasn't to thrilled with the last album by Anubis Gate, but this album has made up for that after a few listen's I'm convinced that we are getting one of their best albums to date! Soaring and Awesome Harmonies, superb guitar playing, sick riffing
( check out the intro on "Hear My Call" ) makes your neck hurt from head banging. then kicks in some beautiful clean guitars and acoustic passages ( my favorite song on the album ) The production and mastering is well done you can hear every instrument!
and there is some nice depth to bass and drums. "Revolution Come Undone" is a thrash in your face riff monster song. This is an album you will have to sit and give a few listens to really appreciate and absorb, yet very easy to get into! This is going to be one of the best prog albums of the year. The 2 songs I mentioned are my favorites along with "HORIZONS" "A DREAM WITHIN A DREAM"
a 14 minute Metal Opus masterpiece lots of twists and turns, but it never loses your interest, and man when you hit the 12:00 minute mark! Superb! this is one Prog Metal Album that needs to be on your list this year!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Eliminates the doubts from the previous release 22 April 2014
By Paul M. - Published on Amazon.com
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My expectations were a little lower going into this CD and not because I thought the previous was release was bad, but it just took me some time to adjust to Henrik at the helm of vocals and it just didn't capture me the same way Andromeda Unchained and The Detached did. It took me a few listens to really absorb everything on this CD and overall I'm very happy with this release.

The big thing that I felt was missing from the self titled and plays a pivotal role on this CD is the unique spacey soundscapes. They appear across the entire CD, but don't feel over layered or added in spots for the sake of it. Everything just kind of flows through smoothly with the placement of the track order.

Favorites:
Hear My Call
Airways (I tend to go back to this one a lot)
Revolution Come Undone
Breach of Faith
Horizons
A Dream Within a Dream

Dislikes:
I don't really have any. A picky side note though and it's the only thing I wish made an appearance (besides a Jacob guest vocal). From the Andromeda Unchained/The Detached era, Morten Sørensen #1 used to occasionally throw in these killer kick drum/tom fills, especially on the track Pyramids and I would revisit the tracks just to hear those parts again. I thought Morten Sørensen's #2 drumming was great on the record, but I was craving just one ridiculous drum fill after a few play backs but just couldn't find one. Regardless, great CD and looking forward to seeing where the future takes the band.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely KILLER !! 18 April 2014
By The CROW - Published on Amazon.com
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Been a fan of these guys from the beginning and they never let me down. NIGHTMARE RECORDS just released one of the biggest releases of the year !! Musicianship, melodies, and production are excellent! Any progressive metal fan should absolutely fall in metal heaven with this album. 2014 is looking awesome and Lance King of Nightmare Records just made my year by releasing 2 huge releases..including Teramaze. Buy this CD today and you will thank me later!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Another step in the evolution of an ultimate creature 17 April 2014
By David DeLara - Published on Amazon.com
Fantastic album. Anubis Gate continues to expand their musical borders with this latest release. Every song on it is very progressive. The songwriting is out of this world and the vocal melodies are simply amazing. It leaves me wondering where they will go next to amaze and entrance their fans. GET IT!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Innovative and progressive 9 Nov. 2014
By JSwank - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Anubis Gate is an unusual band. Not only have they had several different stylistic changes over the span of their decade old career, and they have endured some vocal changes as well, yet all in the name of constant improvement. Co-producer Jacob Hansen handed over the vocal reigns to bassist Henrik Fevre on the last release which turned out to be the right decision as the self-titled skyrocketed the band into notoriety. Horizons is a solid follow up to that stellar release as the style has now stabilized into a fusion of emotive vocals and progressive metal with a definite modern vibe. While comparisons aren’t quite fair, Voyager would be the closest in style. They do a great job of mixing it up, giving the piano a greater voice in the mix this time around and Morten Sorensen on drums turns in another excellent, yet slightly restrained performance. I give AG a lot of credit for the fact that they don’t mimic anyone really, especially not the melodic progressive metal of Dream Theater. And the lyrics are really solid as well. This time around there is an explanation in the liner notes preceding each song which I think really helps, especially when the material can be quite heady. I think the only observation to the negative – and something that may or may not hold this band back – is the somewhat restrained nature of their sound. They are very innovative, yet they don’t evoke the same degree of emotion as a band like Voyager. Still, I applaud what they’ve been able to do with these last two releases, and while not quite as immediately endearing as the self-titled release, Horizons – with repeated listens – reveals a band at the top of their craft.
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