Release date: July 9, 2010
One of the summer’s brilliant and unheralded metal tours combines Soilwork, Death Angel and Mutiny Within. If that’s not a show worth shedding a gallon of sweat over, I don’t know what is. Also on the bill for a majority of the August dates is another band I had not yet heard of called Anubis Unbound. My immediate question– would these guys enhance such a brutal bill or water it down?
I got my ears on their upcoming second album, Treachery, which will be unleashed this month. On first listen I made a mental note to update my current dental insurance. Treachery is a teeth rattling, jaw bruiser of an album.
Anubis Unbound hail from Baltimore, Maryland, and bring together the sounds of traditional metal riffage and blend it with a blackened thrash punch. The twin guitar attack of Brian ‘Ziggy’ Smith and Jarred Sleeth is at once a mix of technical elegance and melodic ferocity that combine in ruthless harmony. Bassist Ryan Plunkett could take the safe course and play it straight up, but there is a funkish undertone to his grooves that add a unique kick to the band’s style.
Of course the machine gun double bass drums power through from one track to the next, and throatist Justin Severn is expectedly feral amidst his vocal chaos and angry growling.
Anubis Unbound bring all these elements to bear on Treachery, which answers my initial question with a resounding, Yes! These guys are a deft compliment to the Soilwork tour, and you can expect to lose some sweat, perhaps some blood, maybe even a tooth or three when you experience these guys live.
But back to the album. Treachery mixes it up from dark and brooding chuggers, to accelerated whiplash thrashers, yet track by track they retain equals parts melody, musical precision, sheer power. Even when the band slows it down for a more atmospheric tone as they do on “Fade From Sanity,” one of the album’s standout tracks, they do so without giving up the inherent brutality of their signature sound.
Intriguing time changes and slip rhythms can be found on most tracks throughout the album, from the opening grinder, “Something You Despise” to the headwrecker “Cessation,” (you can currently download this for free on their website), to the old school vibe of ”Present Yourself.”
Other stand-out tracks on the record include the tumultuous crusher “Adversary,” the grueling rager “Turncoat,” and the drivingguitargantuous epic “Doors of Redemption.”
I’m not the only one impressed with these guys either. Soilwork guitarist Peter Wichers had a hand in editing the new record, and thought enough of the guys to add a solo on the record. The band also added them to the final leg of their summer tour.
In short, what I’m saying is you need to check these guys out. Here are their dates with Soilwork, Death Angel and Mutiny Within.
Aug. 10 – Raleigh, NC – Volume 11
Aug. 11 – Louisville, KY – Headliner’s Music Hall
Aug. 12 – Richmond, VA – Canal Club
Aug. 13 – Baltimore, MD – Sonar
Aug. 14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Diesel
Aug. 15 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
Aug. 16 – Quebec City, QC – CANADA – Dagobert
Aug. 17 – London, ON – CANADA – Music Hall
Aug. 18 – Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theater