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Anubis Rising : Funerary Preamble

Anubis Rising is an LA band that existed between 1999 and 2005. This compilation CD includes most of the material that they recorded during these six years. The tracks from the split with Uphill Battle and the 'Scales of Truth' EP are re-releases while the 'Funerary Preamble' EP was unreleased. The bonus track was their last recording and is a cover of the Eyehategod track 'Shinobi' (which is an extremely doomy one as well). But this is apparently not the last we'll hear from the band, because while remaining split-up, their 2007 news states that they're going to record a few more tracks together.

What genre Anubis Rising actually plays is hard to tell. They seem to like to make original twists out of everything. Their older tracks stand firmly rooted in slow death metal and sludgecore, but with a hint of Neurosis. The new stuff lies closer to a mixture of doomcore and art rock. The death/sludge elements are still present, but they're very subdued. Both the new and the old also contain some doom metal sections. Despite juggling different genres and clearly attempting to be original, the music isn't that much out of the ordinary. Much of their stuff reminds me of Isis, Cult of Luna or even Celtic Frost. On the bright side, Anubis Rising is clearly more technically aligned than other similar bands. It's a shame they broke up just as their newer stuff was showing a lot of promise, but perhaps the new tracks will contain the little extra that their music clearly deserves.

The mood of the music varies, but mostly it's halfway aggressive with either hardcore vokills or black metal screams. Other times, the music can be quite calm, which is also the most technical parts of the music. Personally, I find that it's these calmer sections that hold the most promise, and it's also what I find to give each track its own identity. This might also be the reason why I find 'Crook and Flail', which contains a lot of these, to be the best track on the album.

I'm not sure who'd actually be the right fan base for this music. Doomsters who enjoy sludgecore or doomcore would be my best guess. However, there seems to be a lot of people already who think they are brilliant, so there has to be some fan base. If you want to decide whether you want to take part in it, you can hear the band’s music here.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
Funerary Preamble EP:
1. Funerary Preamble
2. Firmamentum
3. Rumsprigan Segue
4. Pleasure to Burn

Scales of Truth EP:
5. Personification of Time
6. Extinguishing Fire in Its Season
7. Crook and Flail

Uphill Battle Split:
8. Infinite Self-Perpetuation
9. Wander in the Shadow Realm
10. Atrocious Sorridness

11. (Bonus Track)

Duration : Approx. 76 mins.

Visit the Anubis Rising bandpage.

Reviewed on 09-05-2007 by Arnstein Petersen
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