Published Apr 11, 2014In comparison to other modern progressive metal, Anubis Gate feels almost quaint in comparison. While other bands are happy to impress you with their virtuosic prowess, Anubis Gate has a much stronger focus on songwriting. Sonically, Horizons feels close to the Devin Townsend Project, largely due to the excellent production handled by Kim Olesen and Jacob Hansen.
Despite a dense, mechanical tone, the album manages to maintain an organic feel. There is a distinctly modern rock bent to Horizons, and some of these tracks wouldn't seem out of place next to Linkin Park, due in part to an abundance of electronics throughout. Aphex Twin this isn't, but they do help Anubis Gate stand apart from their contemporaries. More importantly, the band carve their own niche in a genre oversaturated with musicians who know how to play their instruments but have never written a song.
While Horizons may be a difficult sell to long-time fans of the band looking for something new, it does make an excellent case for the continued relevance of Anubis Gate. (Nightmare)