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Anubis Gate – Purification 
By Zane Ewton

Purification is the debut release from the Denmark metal band, Anubis Gate.  The band is steeped in the imagery and musical tones of power metal.  With their debut, the band attempts to update the style of power metal with a smooth and clean production value.

The band members found each other in Aalborg, which has come to be known as the heavy metal capital of Denmark, after spending years in other progressive metal bands.

Purification was designed as somewhat of a concept album about fighting inner demons and purifying yourself on a psychological level.  The band took its name from Anubis, the jackal-God of ancient Egyptian mythology who led dead souls through the underworld and into the kingdom of Osiris.

With that much back-story, it is safe to assume that Purification is an epic album, full of grand gestures and keyboard interludes.

The musicianship within the band is very good.  It takes good musicians to create something with the kind of pomp and circumstance these songs require, and guitarists Jesper M. Jensen and Kim Olesen are up to the task.  The guitar work is the cornerstone of Purification.  The sections without guitar tend to drag, bringing the song down as a whole.

The weakest aspects of this album are in the vocals and the production.  The production is so clean that the songs lose bite and become glossy.  Torben Askholm is a competent vocalist but lacks a style of his own or the bombast to lift the songs to a higher plateau.

“Hall of Two Truths” suffers through and extended intro and fails to pick up any momentum.  “Downward Spiral” and “Purification” also languish in a mid-tempo beat.  “In the comfort of Darkness” finally speeds things up a bit, but the rest of the album levels off.  The 10 tracks on Purification could be one song as there is not much variation and each song becomes an exercise in adding interludes and variances that detract from the songs.

Purification is a decent, musician driven album, but lacks energy and excitement. If this was 1982, Anubis Gate would be opening for Dio, but Dio would blow them away.

CD Info 

Anubis Gate – Purification
Label: Locomotive Music
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