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Danish quartet Anubis Gate display the results a new label home and a lead vocal switch can bring on their latest 10-track eponymous offering. With former singer Jacob Hansen trading in the microphone for the producer’s chair and bassist Henrik Fevre stepping up to fill the lead singer position, Anubis Gate change their game ever so slightly to implement somemodern metal nuances expected from the likes of In Flames into their arsenal (“Golden Days’), breaking away from the standard sound. And despite comparisons to acts such as Fates Warning and Symphony X not being entirely off base, this unit’s fifth album descends towards darker atmospheres thanks to an increased electronic presence, meshing power metal majesty and progressive metal innovation with an abundance of hard to resist rousing melodies (“Circumstanced”, “World in a Dome”).
- Mike SOS