Australian Progressive Rock sextet Anubis was formed in Sydney in March 2004 by vocalist/bassist Robert James Moulding and keyboard player/guitarist David Eaton, and were subsequently joined by Douglas Skene (guitars, also of Hemina), Dean Bennison (guitars), Steven Eaton (drums) and Nick Antoinette (bass).
This line-up released the albums 230503 (2009) and A Tower of Silence (2011) through Australian independent label Bird's Robe. With their richly layered keyboards and guitars, conceptual lyrics and vocal harmonies, Anubis have developed a reputation for releasing cinematic and evocative concept albums, with A Tower of Silence in particular becoming a minor breakthrough album in Europe, where it's still critically acclaimed.
Nick Antoinette left the group in early 2013 as the band were writing the Hitchhiking to Byzantium album which was subsequently recorded as a quintet with Robert Moulding handling all the bass parts. By the time of it's release in 2014, Anthony Stewart had joined the band on bass and they toured Australia and Europe in 2014/2015, with the live album Behind our Eyes taken from these shows. By the end of the Hitchhiking to Byzantium tour, Anubis shared bills with both UK progressive heavyweights Anathema and 70's legends Uriah Heep.
2017's The Second Hand came about in the wake of that tour, with much of the album culled from jam sessions and group arranging sessions. It was recorded in the band's own studio and, like Tower before it, used many vintage instruments and amps, right down to one of only three working Mellotrons in Australia. Having been favourably received by the fan base and critics alike, the band announced a 2018 European tour that would take them back through the Netherlands, France, the UK and Germany, playing at the prestigious Night of the Prog festival at Loreley in July alongside Steve Hogarth of Marillion, Arena, Camel, Big Big Train, The Sea Within and Riverside.
The band dropped the announcement in mid-May 2018 that they'd completed an album of acoustic and stripped back reworkings of selected cuts from the band's first four studio albums entitled Different Stories which was released exactly 12 months to the day after the previous album.
Australia's best kept secret
Lasers Edge Records, USA
The band's music and stunning live shows have attained them cult status in their own country
Prog Magazine, UK
Full of emotion and divine melodies