Sunday 12 November 2017
Anubis - The Second Hand (2017)
The fourth album from this Australian band.
Anubis is a sextet with a lineup of guitars, moog, sitar, bass, drums, organ, synths, mellotron, glockenspiel, percussion and vocals.
Various musicians contributes voices and additonal vocals.
I have reviewed their first two albums for # 1 of this blog and you can find these reviews here and here.
This album is a concept album about the downfall of a media baron. The figure of Robert Murdoch is not mentioned here. But I get the feeling he has not been that far of the band's mind when developing this concept album. Fair enough. Robert Murdoch splits opinions in Australia too.
The Second Hand gives us seventy minutes of music. The song are medium long. The longest one is seventeen minutes long. The other eight songs are on average eight minutes long.
The music is neo-prog and simply progressive rock with a lot of symphonic prog influences. Yes, neo-prog with symphonic prog influences is the right label here. There is a lot of Pink Floyd influences here. Pink Floyd from the David Gilmour era. There is also some Camel influences.
The music is big and brash. There is no modesty, no false modesty in this music and sound. There is a lot of big guitars and keyboards here. The vocals is really good too.
The end result is a very good album from one of Australia's best bands. If not Australia's best prog rock band. Get this album.