Jesper M. Jensen (bass) and Henrik Fevre
(guitar, vocals) formed their first metal outfit together called
V-axe. The original drummer was soon replaced by Per M. Jensen
(drums, vocals), who already played with Henrik in the guitar/drums
duo Black Mercyful. |
The name soon changed to Graff Spee and some local gigs were played,
mostly original material like "Violent killer", "Death axe" and
"Realm of impossibility". Graff Spee got some attention in local
papers and in the Danish HM magazine Hot Rockin', first and foremost
for being the youngest HM band around (average age was 12). Some
demos were made and sent around, but naturally the band was way too
young and inexperienced to make records, although this was the main
target from the very beginning. In 1986 the band split both as a
band and as friends, mainly because Henrik wanted to pursue other
musical influences far from heavy.
Jesper and Per stuck together and in 1987 they started up the local
heavy metal band Extreme Feedback, which included both Morten
Sørensen (vocals - later on he began playing the drums) and
Kim Olesen (guitar).
In 1989 Per and Jesper then went onto thrash metal band Invocator,
with whom they released a couple of demo's as well as the worldwide
well-received album "Excursion Demise", year 1991.
After having been in Invocator till the early nineties, Jesper
returned to Aalborg in Northern Denmark, where joined the rap-metal
act Geronimo, in which also Morten played. Geronimo released a mini
CD in 1995. And the band split up.
Morten and Jesper kept the contact, and began to write new matrial.
In the melodic heavy metal style, with proggy/power metal sound to
it. They recorded a demo, and needed extra members for a band.
An appropriate singer was found in Torben Askholm, who
had been a part of the Danish metal scene for many years, first with
the thrash metal act Prophets Of Doom (released an album in 1989)
and then with the progressive metal band Northern Empire (two demos
in the early nineties).
When the band had enough material for a full length album, they
decided to visit Hansen Studio's in Denmark, under the guidance of
producer extra-ordinaire Jacob Hansen (actually ex-band mate of
Jesper's from the Invocator days), who among others have produced
such well respected bands as Ill disposed, Ancient, Falconer,
Mercenary, Wuthering Heights and Manticora.
The production is clean and upfront, and all instruments are nicely
separated in the mix. It is a real heavy metal production, fitting
for a release like this. On the debut album, "Purification", Kim
Olesen guests on guitars and keyboards, while Henrik Fevre is
responsible for the harmony vocals. The production took place in the
summer of 2003, and the last parts (harmony vocals, extra guitars,
better mix …) were added in December '03.
Lyrically, "Purification", is a loosely based concept album about
fighting inner demons, and cleansing on a psychological level. This
goes very well together with the band name, as Anubis was the
jackal-God in the ancient Egyptian mythology that lead the misguided
dead souls through the Underworld and into the kingdom of Osiris.
In the fall of 2003 Anubis Gate hooked up with Danish based
Intromental Management for the promotion of their album, and by
early November a deal was signed with the Spanish/German label
Locomotive Music for the European and North American release of
"Purification", which happened in late spring 2004.
After an incredible interest from the media and fantastic fan
response, Anubis Gate began writing material for the follow-up to
"Purification", incorporating both Kim (guitars) and Henrik
(bass/backing vocals) as permanent members of the band.
The new material is more varied, in tempo and overall. It is a
natural step, still Anubis Gate, but more interesting for the
listener, and shows more skills.
Once again Anubis Gate chose Jacob Hansen as the producer for the
album. The studio got booked for the winter of 2004/2005, and this
time for a longer period, giving the new songs what they really
And here it is - "A Perfect Forever" - the 2nd album, to be released
on September 19th 2005, once again with a grandiose production from
Jacob Hansen. With an even more mature and ultimate melodic
songwriting, this new album is set to light a massive fire in the
hearts of all metal fans.
Stylistically Anubis Gate is conglomeration of the classic 80's
heavy metal, a more epic 90's ambience and a dark progressiveness of
our days. You could describe is as metal with beautiful soundscapes,
cool riffing, and a clear and powerful vocal performance.
Musical inspirations for Anubis Gate are such acts as Queensryche,
Iron Maiden, Lord Bane, Tad Morose, Iced Earth, Crimson Glory, Fates
Warning, King Crimson, Genesis & Savatage, although it's important
to stress that the band really doesn't sound like anyone else.