|Review: Anubis Gate - A Perfect Forever|
|A Perfect Forever|
Label: Locomotive Music
Year released: 2005
Genre: Progressive Metal
Review online: January 16, 2009
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
for:A Perfect Forever
Rated 4.31/5 (86.15%) (13 Votes)
After hearing Anubis Gate's masterpiece, Andromeda Unchained, I was immediately captured by their unique sound, and ability to create some of the finest Progressive Metal I've heard in years. Eventually I decided I needed more, so I decided to take a look into their back catalogue. A Perfect Forever spoke to me straight away, with its captivating album cover courtesy of artist Mattias Noren. This was also their second and last album to feature singer Torben Askholm, whom I believe has fantastic talent and even to an extent, superior to current vocalist Jacob Hansen. Speaking of vocal talent, bass player Henrik Fevre also deserves a very special mention for the stunning job he did on "Endless Grief" and his work in the unconventional ballad "Curfew". I must admit I'm very surprised Henrik wasn't announced as Torben's successor.
There's a certain feeling I get every time I play A Perfect Forever, which is quite difficult to explain; I guess it takes me back to the time I bought it, I get the exact same feeling I did back then, when I first listened to it. What drew me in was the atmosphere, it has a very spacey feel, verging on bleak and epic in places. There are points in the album where it sounds bare; however. Instead of seeing it as an issue, it just enhances the atmosphere. Don't get the wrong impression though — even though I've painted A Perfect Forever to be a depressing affair, there is that glimmer of hope in the sound which leaves a pleasant feeling long after the album is over.
Pushing on to the musical content, A Perfect Forever is certainly a very interesting listen. Fans of acts such as Communic, Crimson Glory, Tad Morose, or Pagan's Mind will definitely find something here. Opener "Sanctified" breezes over your speakers with a cracking riff following into that trademark Anubis Gate discordant guitar sound. Torben's vocals in this track are a force to be reckoned with. "Kingdom Come" is the most straight ahead track on offer, springing to mind some of the greater metal acts from the eighties. "Children of the Pauper King" is a very impressive track, with a mind-shattering intro riff, multi-layered guitars, some damn fine stick work courtesy of Morten Sørensen, and a wonderful chorus. Another favorite of mine, "Approaching Inner Circle" begins with a gorgeous lead and the finest vocal work on the album. Album closer "A Perfect Forever" is the longest track, clocking in at over 12 minutes and again very impressive stuff with some curious sounding vocal delivery, and bizarre riffage. Quality stuff.
A Perfect Forever is a little known gem, but thanks to the buzz generated around Andromeda Unchained, this album can be opened up to a whole new crowd who weren't around for the initial release. With a stellar production job, courtesy of current vocalist Jacob Hansen and some quality content, you could do a whole lot worse than check this album out. Plus it's always interesting to hear the sound of a band before releasing the album that would define them. I think a good description to the evolution of Anubis Gate is to think of the band like a hermit crab. Much like the hermit crab the original Anubis Gate sound is there, yet with each album they sound bigger and better, much like each new home the hermit finds. Highly recommended
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