Back in June of this year, Anubis played at the Sonic Rock Solstice in Builth, Wales. Yes, you have guessed right, the set was recorded live and is now available as a digital download worldwide. This gig was the eighth for the band and is captured magnificently. It has been produced with no overdubs – just raw as it was played, with no edits at all.
I was unable to attend this music fest last year, which stages so much great music, but this album puts you right in the thick of it and captures much of Anubian’s live atmosphere. This is the third album release from Anubis (I have reviewed the debut album, Sibuna, and follow-up, Waking The Dead, here on The Rock and Roll Report) and I kid you not, with this release of Live there will be little rest for the dead. Continue reading →
Huw Lloyd Langton is one of the U.K.’s leading rock guitarists and he’s recently released a new album entitled, “Hard Graft.” Just in case you are not aware, Huw has a rich and varied musical background. Huw joined Hawkwind as they were forming in the late ’60s/early ’70s and has been working with the band ever since. Hawkwind is in fact Huw’s ‘mothership,’ but other bands that he has worked with include Fox (later this name changed to The Whip). To read an album review of Hard Graft and learn more about Huw’s musical past, head here. To read R&RR’s interview with Huw, scroll down!
Q: After gaining so much experience with so many bands do you have any advice for all bands and musicians who are out there?
A: Keep banging your head against that brick wall and keep your mind open. Keep on doing what you do as long as you love what you are doing, but always keep your mind open and learn as much as you can!
I have recently been privileged enough to get a preview copy of the next album release from Anubis called Waking The Dead.
It has been on release since Wednesday 10th March 2010 so beware, the dead shall be crossing the Nile in their hoards once this gets onto our sound systems, and it should. Waking The Dead has hardly left mine since receiving this exquisite piece of Anubian rock. You may have read my review of the last Anubis album release, Sibuna. If you have not you should do, this new release not only matches the quality of Sibuna but also moves every aspect of the Anubian sound up to greater unprecedented levels.
These levels are not just in relation to Anubis but to the huge worldwide rock scene both independent and commercial. It has to be heard to be believed. I received it one hundred miles from home and played it twice on return. Once home I had to play it again.
The album opens with ‘Locked In’, music and lyrics by Sarah Coburn (Isis). This song that relates to love and feelings draws you in with Anubian majestic magic and charm, the vocals by Isis are outstanding, punctuating the music and adding to its edge, or is this the other way around. It is a perfect song and such a good opening chapter.
‘Wish’ is a beautiful song for the festive season that was originally written some years ago and re-recorded recently due to requests from a close friend. It begins with a beautiful acoustic guitar intro to be joined by Sarah Co’burn’s smooth dulcet vocal tones. It is a song about losing someone close at this time of year, although somewhat reminiscent and melancholic but is heartfelt and caring. These are the two most important aspects of the season, and is put across so well in this acoustic format. Thanks not only go to Sarah Co’burn but also to ‘Broxy’, the founder of European Klassic Radio for requesting the re-recording of this song.
‘Abandoned’ is a new song which Sarah wrote after watching a documentary about the abandoned children in Mogilino, Bulgaria. The children in this institution were treated appallingly. It is another acoustic track with the guitar being provided by ex Anubis guitarist Andy Hart, who worked on the arrangements for all three tracks. Another truly
thoughtful and caring song, perfectly executed.
Anubis was formed in the spring of 2007 by Pete Williamson, Simon Lees and Sarah Co’burn. At the time Pete was working as Budgie’s PR manager and Simon was Budgie’s lead guitarist. Budgie are a Rock band from South Wales UK. They are widely considered as one of the first heavy metal bands and a seminal influence to many acts of that genre, with fast, heavy rock and a strong influence on many great acts such as Metallica, as well as helping to shape my own personal taste in music. They were being played as early as 1971, preceding other influential bands. Notable Budgie songs include ‘Breadfan’, ‘Crash Course In Brain Surgery’, ‘Parents’ and ‘Napoleon Bona – Parts 1 & 2’. This is just three of many.