Anubis Spire

Old Lions (In the World of Snarling Sheeps)

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This is the debut release by this band, and the title alone shows that they have a definite grasp on being clever. The album combines diverse influences, ranging from Pink Floyd to Hawkwind, Rush, and even Genesis, with minimalistic chord patterns. The picture is completed by covering a good deal of those patterns with tasty guitar soloing. The result is a fine album in the mode of other albums which draw their dynamics from instrumental meanderings more than from intricate chord structures. Most of the tracks on the album are instrumental, but when vocals do show up, they are quite strong and well arranged. The production on this one comes across a bit harsh on early listenings, but after repeated exposure, it seems to be simply a nice flavor. Anubis Spire is Bill MacKechnie, Michael Leo Brothers, Tim Costley, and Mick Loher. They are joined on this album by a backing vocalist and a bagpiper.

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