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Old Lions (in the world of snarling sheep)

by Anubis Spire

Progressive-rock: a fist-fight between John McLaughlin and Jimi Hendrix at the base of the great pyramid.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. So Be it
3:49 $0.99
2. It has been a long time, hasn't it...
5:16 $0.99
3. Into the four winds
1:35 $0.99
4. Underneath the Roswell sun
5:33 $0.99
5. More weight
3:32 $0.99
6. Gone west
3:31 $0.99
7. Ransom (I'll take my chances)
5:02 $0.99
8. Eternal Resonance (LIVE excerpt)
1:12 $0.99
9. Road to Damascus
3:20 $0.99
10. The prisoners song
7:03 $0.99
11. Amida Rising
5:28 $0.99
12. May this be forever
1:40 $0.99
13. Anubis Rising
3:10 $0.99
14. Talisman of the Dreamer
6:08 $0.99
15. Old Lions (in the world of snarling sheep)
9:24 $0.99
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Album Notes
ANUBIS SPIRE is a guitar-heavy post progressive-rock/world fusion band with a decidedly Middle-Eastern flavor. Formed new years day 1998 after a chance jam session the night before, the group is made up of musical veterans who wanted to write and play music in the mid-seventies style of such bands as Led Zeppelin, Mahavishnu Orchestra, etc.. From the beginning, they set about melding their various influences, adding a heavy dose of world and ethnic sounds and a few new twists to the mix.

The debut CD-"OLD LIONS(in the world of snarling sheep)" was recorded in a barn, on an antiquated 8 track almost entirely LIVE! What does ANUBIS SPIRE sound like? One reviewer summed them up as: "Progressive rock from Mars, filtered through Atlantis, India and ancient Egypt and sounding kinda like a fistfight between Jimi Hendrix and John McLaughlin at the base of the great pyramid!

"OLD LIONS(in the world of snarling sheep)" is a mostly instrumental album (4 vocal tunes, with lyrics that range from the heartlessness of small towns to a song about flying saucers!) that packs over 60 minutes of intense guitar-heavy progressive rock/world fusion improvisation into it's 15 cuts.

Often dark and hypnotic, ANUBIS SPIRE states: We're not for everyone...but, if you're one of us, you'll KNOW.



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Carola Rost-Maskawy

Simply Fantastic
I love this album! But to be honest: I love all music by Anubis Spire!


I first heard Anubis Spire on Outstanding stuff. I am definately going to buy all their CD''s a no brainer.


author:Jim W./New Fan
I first heard Anubis Spire on Reven West Guitar's web site.It's like the music I hear in the background of some of my dream's way cool,there great.And the best part now, is I can hear them when I'm awake.Thank's for OLD LIONS (in a world of snarling sheep}.Keep going strong.

Mike Ward / Temporary Power

Anubis Spire is music without typical boundaries.
After giving Anubis Spire a listen I was awakened to the musical possibilities which can arise when someone shakes off traditional thinking and embraces abstract concepts. This is music conveyed with a sense of artistic excellence.

If you also embrace the much needed change for something new and different in our music communities and realize the deep need for new and interesting musical works of art, Anubis Spire is for you! Go for it!


Anubis Spire is truly one of the best bands out there today! Can;t wait for that second album!!

Anubis Central

Our latest review! REVIEW---ANUBIS SPIRE-OLD LIONS(in the world of snarling sheep) "Remember the final scene in the movie LORD OF THE FLIES? The one where the little kids had degenerated to a mindless tribal mob and were hunting down the last non-tribal kid? Remember where they chased the poor kid to the beach and came face to face with ADULTS? The scared look on the kids faces told it all. In their little made-up tribal society they were kings. But standing before the soldiers on that beach, they were exposed for what they really were-scared, confused kids following along like the lemmings they'd become. With that little scenario fresh in your mind, let me just say that the title of this CD might be the most appropriate title I've seen in ages. ANUBIS SPIRE is a band of veterans, OLD LIONS for sure. One listen and there can be no doubt. From the opening drum beat you can tell these guys take a back seat to no one. Most of the music is instrumental and shows a laudable tendency to avoid the ordinary. Where other guitarists would go for a safe modern distortion tone, their guitarist goes for one that sounds like something squeezed out of some ancient desert wind instrument. The drums change from monstro Zepp-style in-your-face to almost sounding like the drummer was recorded from a block away. Where you expect cymbal crashes there is only unsettling silence...Where other bands would go out of their way to impress us with their slick arrangements, ANUBIS SPIRE just keeps flying along in a musical equivalent of stream of consciousness poetry.... OLD LIONS(in the world of snarling sheep) is my favorite cut on a disk of nothing but great cuts. It flows along like a gathering sandstorm on the horizon, building and rising higher and higher in the sky, folding back upon itself until you're so entranced that you don't even notice that you've been swept up and carried along with it for miles.... SO BE IT, IT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME, HASN'T IT..., and especially the clean toned GONE WEST are guitar workouts par excellence. Remarkable all the more for all the cliches they avoid. ANUBIS SPIRE have managed to craft a brilliant piece of music while rebelling against --and most of the time-- ignoring completely, the tendency of a lot of independents to over produce, over refine and over rely on slick packaging and studio sheen to cover a lack of anything original in their music... I don't really think this band fits the progressive rock genre and to be quite frank, I can't really think of where they would fit. I would definitely not recommend them to anyone enamored by today's MTV fodder. ANUBIS SPIRE are true dinosaurs, but if you'll forgive another movie analogy, I'll qualify that statement by saying that just as modern scientists now know that dinosaurs were not the slow, plodding beasts they were once believed to be, the current view that scorns any band who plays more than three minute pop tunes might in the future, actually make the term dinosaur a badge of honor. So, remember that scene in the original JURASSIC PARK where the T-rex rips the roof off the restroom? Remember what happens next? ANUBIS SPIRE is that dinosaur and the guy on the throne is just about every other band you've read about this year. Get the picture? Get this CD!" ---John Bettman--MIASMA magazine

Anubis Central

...and MORE! "Good prog rock. I keep trying to think what the guitars in ‘It Has Been a Long Time, Hasn’t It..’ reminds me of. Peter Banks’ stuff from Self-Contained? That’s a question, because I’m not sure. All I know is - I like what I’m hearing. ‘Underneath the Roswell Sun’ is a Very difficult song to extract from your head once it’s there. The vocals are of the type that could only exist in prog. They aren’t perfect (imagine someone trying to tell you a joke - someone on the verge of laughing, yet nary a chuckle escapes), but THANK GOD they aren’t the Broadway kind. (You know, voices that sound so alike you wonder why bother hiring more than 1 person of ea. sex.) Still, as I say, they are damn memorable tunes, and if you like listening to Steve Howe sing, you’ll marvel at these. Then there are epics like ‘Talisman of the Dreamer’ which creates a musical mood beneath the words which swirls and chases its tail; like trying to chronicle the sea by labeling waves. You know it’s hopeless, you know you’ll never get it done, but something keeps pushing you on. A beautiful image. These guys know how to play and fashion worlds in their 15 tracks. It’s a cd of 66 minutes, giving you enough time to really get into the story. Anubis Spire are in every store in the online world. Order one." -----BEN OHMART @NZone Magazine -

Anubis Central

Anubis Spire: "OLD LIONS (in a world full of snarling sheep)" "Right from the outset this CD gives you a taste of what you can expect from this band from New York. Bill MacKechnie (Lead Guitar&Vocals), Michael Leo Brothers (Rhythm Guitar), Tim Costley (Bass Guitar) and Mick Loher (Drums and Pecussion) have PROFESSIONAL written all over them. The use of Mid Eastern rhythm's and grooves, Indian & Arabian Percussion and slick rock provide a feast for the listener. This is certainly one band you must give a listen. From the hot 1st Tune "So Be It", the commercial "Underneath the Roswell Sun", the power of "More Weight"/ the floyd flavour of "Gone West", the live "Eternal Resonance" with bagpipes by piper Angus McDrone this album is 1st class. This CD contains 15 quality tracks and over an hour worth of great music. If this wasn't meant to be a concept album, then it better become one. Superb writing by MacKechnie Excellent all round effort. Great Tracks are: "The whole CD". Stand out commercial track: "Underneath The Roswell Sun". My favourite track: "Talisman of the Dreamer" If you are thinking of buying a CD you must consider this excellent album." ---------------- Tony Watkins ( STOMPIN GROUND MUSIC ) Review for Music Monster Network

Anubis Central

"Anubis Spire, a four man progressive hard rock band from Greene, New York deliver a heady mix of heavy '70's guitar rock infused with middle eastern and indian melodies on their debut album "Old Lions (in the world of snarling sheep). Largely instrumental, with several vocal tracks that showcase strong songwriting skills, this CD takes the listener on a musical journey filled with great playing! Lead guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Bill MacKechnie is definitely the star of this show! Although the remaining three members(which consist of Michael Leo Brothers on rhythm guitar and vocals, Tim Costley on bass and Mick Loher on drums) are very talented, it's MacKechnie's fantastic guitar work which dominates and captivates the listener from beginning to finish. His lead work could probably best be described as a cross between David Gilmour of Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix, with a little bit of Jimmy Page thrown in for good measure! This is great progressive rock! Influences are very evident, within the fifteen tracks I can hear references to many classic progressive bands, such as the aforementioned Pink Floyd(MacKechnie's vocals sound very similar at times to David Gilmour, especially on the tracks "Ransom( I'll Take My Chances)"and "Talisman Of The Dreamer") Hawkwind, Led Zeppelin (the short instrumental track, "Eternal Resonance" could easily fit on Led Zeppelin III) and the Hendrix inspired guitar licks on "Underneath The Roswell Sun". Anubis Spire have created an album that will grow on you more and more with repeated listenings, each time discovering something new in the process! My only complaint about the album is the sometimes uneven production quality on a few tracks. Otherwise, this is a great debut album from a band I will be wanting to hear alot more from in the (hopefully near) future! If you are looking for something a bit different, yet still desire an album with great playing that rocks, I would definitely recommend this album! " Rating: 8.5/10 ---Review by Keith Langerman Metal and Hard Rock Area Homepage

Anubis Central

"Usually I am suspicious when someone sends me a CD, tape or product to review. If they tell me they read my column and like it that makes me doubly suspicious, since I really wonder who is reading this stuff out there anyway. So I have to admit that when I received this CD, as usual, I hesitated before putting it on the stereo. A snow day home from the day gig helped to expedite the process. I threw in the CD, cranked up the volume and sat back in my chair. It took all of about 30 seconds and I was hooked. It had to be voodoo... musical heroin; I really don't know how to explain it. All I know is I liked it and was craving for more even before the first song was completed. The musical hooks and the musicianship right from the opening notes floored me. ...What makes it stand out is that it is very original, and is so different from what you are currently hearing on the radio...The raw talent involved in this CD is just staggering. Almost every track is a winner. "So be it" opens the CD and sets the tone for the musical adventure to begin...Listening to this music is a delight. It is refreshing to hear something so fresh and interesting on the horizon. This band does not follow trends but makes them, or should I say have never compromised their integrity. OLD LIONS is a must have...If you are a fan of the strange, the bizarre, the obscure and the extremely talented then you need to own this CD. As an "old lion" myself I have to admit that I now feel like I should be throwing out my U2, Pearl Jam and Offspring CD's and getting into the "Anubis" groove..." ---Al Pepiak-- Guitar Digest --
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