I just can't believe that nobody mentions 'Perfect Forever' which is by far the best Anubis Gate album on my opinion. It has the perfect amount of heavy, progressive and melodic parts, well constructed and lyrically deep with unique feeling and atmosphere. Torben Askholm might not be the best singer, but he delivers it excellent on this album. Later albums are good, but I found them too 'polished' and a lot of songs kind of generic, senseless. Yet, a couple of tracks are masterpieces, like Pyramids from The Detached and Hold Back Tomorrow and Desiderio Omnibus from Anubis Gate album.
Interesting discussions below. For me, Andromeda Unchained was unrivaled for such a long time, but now I love the self-titled one way more. Henrik Favres vocals are much more to my liking. I actually also think The Detached is one of their weaker ones to be completely honest.
"Horizons" took awhile, but it really grows with time. The self titled was great too, but "Andromeda Unchained" & "The Detached" are just simply on another level. Perhaps Hansen's vocals were slightly better, but I don't think it really had much to do with the singer change. Personally, I think what separates those 2 albums from the others is that they were full on sci-fi concept albums, with immersive & well thought out story-lines. The Spacey/Sci-Fi themes fit the band's style of modern progressive metal like a glove, with their subtle use of electronic effects having more of a purpose. The music on the last 2 albums with Ferve on vocals is technically just as good, but they don't even come close to matching the immersive atmosphere of the Hansen albums.
It's so interesting how varied everyone's opinions on the band's best works are. I loved Andromeda, adored the self-titled, but for me Horizons is far and above one of the greatest albums ever made! Can't wait to see them in Atlanta this year for ProgPower.
One of my favorite modern prog metal bands. Just awesome. Heavy, dynamic, atmospheric, melodic, powerful. Henrik did a good job on vocals on the latest release, but I do really miss Jacob's vocals. He was just fantastic.
Just a little heads up...apparently Anubis Gate is half-way through the writing process of a new album! Can't wait for that, the last 3 albums have been flawless. In the meantime, I strongly recommend Anubis Gate fans to check out the solo album "A Moment In Chiros" by [url=http://www.last.fm/music/Lance+King]Lance King[/url]. It's not just any solo album -- not only is it produced by ex-Anubis Gate singer Jacob Hansen, but Kim Olsen from Anubis Gate does the guitars and keyboards on it. The result is something that sounds quite similar to Anubis Gate. The keyboard intro for [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GU9MKJC2B0s]"Infinite Divine"[/url] sounds a bit like the intro to "Hold Back Tomorrow", and the opening riff for [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYDfp5cA8ZE]"The Awakening"[/url] also sounds like the opening riff for "Hold Back Tomorrow". It's not as progressive overall as AG, but has a similar production and that modern/Sci-Fi atmosphere is also present.
S/t is great. I loved Jacobs vocals with Beyond Twilight but his work with Anubis Gate sounds too Labrie whine'ish for my tastes. The guy singing on their latest album (bassist, right?) has a really original sound. World in a Dome and Golden Days are my favourites but all songs are great except maybe Facing Dawn which has an annoying chorus.