Old Lions (In the World of Snarling Sheep)
Review by Gary Hill
This is the debut album by this band, and the title to this album is definitely among my favorite titles of all time. The album combines diverse influences, ranging from Pink Floyd to Hawkwind, Rush and even Genesis, with minimalistic chord patterns and covers much of them 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. The CD can be ordered from ANUBIS SPIRE C/O RANDOM BULLET RECORDS, P.O. Box 101, Greene NY 13778. Please send money order only ($12.50 domestic-$15.00 overseas) or for Credit Card from IUMA (http://www.iuma.com/IUMA/Bands/Anubis_Spire/), GIGMASTERS (http://www.gigmasters.com/cdstore.shtml) and WORLDWIDE-RADIO.COM (http://www.worldwide-radio.com/).