Anubis Gate

Anubis Gate is a power metal band from Denmark. The band released their first album in 2004, but their history can be traced back to 1984, with bassist Jesper M. Jensen and Henrik Fevre as guitarist and vocalist forming V-Axe. The group changed its name to Graff Spee, and the line-up was completed with drummer Per M. Jensen (ex-Invocator/ex-The Haunted). Gaining some reputation in the local circles, Graff Spee released a few demos, but eventually split up in 1986 “due to creative differences”.

Jesper and Per went on to form heavy metal band Extreme Feedback in 1987, recruiting Morten Sørensen as vocalist and Kim Olesen as guitarist. In 1989 both Jesper and Per moved to Esbjerg to join Jacob Hansen’s Invocator, releasing a couple of demos and also a full-length album Excursion Demise in 1991, before Jesper split and moved back to Aalborg. In the early 1990s, Jesper joined Sørensen (now on drums) in rap-metal act Geronimo, and released an EP in 1995 before the group was disbanded. These two musicians kept in contact however and began to write new material together in a melodic power metal style.

After releasing an instrumental demo under the name of Seven Powers one more band member was recruited; Torben Askholm (previously in Prophets Of Doom and Northern Empire) joined as vocalist and the recording of a demo which eventually became the backbone of their debut album began. Thus Purification was produced during 2003 and released on 26 April 2004. The album aroused a great deal of interest and delight with the press and the audience, and soon both Kim Olesen and Henrik Fevre (who had guested on the debut as both writers and musicians) were made permanent members to solidify the line-up for the next album. A Perfect Forever was released on 19 September 2005. Few months before the band’s first gig at Prog Power Europe Askholm quit the band, and Fevre took over vocal duties for a couple of gigs. Eventually Jacob Hansen, the old friend from Invocator and also producer of the first two albums was chosen as the new singer, and the third album Andromeda Unchained came out 14 August 2007. The album saw the band changing from the early power metal to include more prog metal elements. It was nominated for best production, best album and best artwork at Danish Metal Awards 2008 and won the latter.

The year 2008 saw Anubis Gate writing the concept album The Detached upon a synopsis by Martin Rauff. It was released 30 March 2009 and also nominated for three Danish Metal Awards (Best album, Best cover artwork and best production) at the show of 2010. It won for Best Production – made by Kim Olesen and Jacob Hansen.

A fifth album was scheduled for release in the fall of 2011. Most of the songs were already finished when Jacob Hansen announced his surprising departure from the band. Luckily Anubis Gate had a replacement within the band; bass player Henrik Fevre, who did backing vocals and the occasional lead on recent albums. Founding member Jesper M. Jensen left the band in 2012; he was replaced by Michael Bodin. The first sounds of the new 4-piece were revealed on 31 October 2013 when the digital download EP Sheep was given to the public for free.

In September 2016, the band released a limited box set called Orbits, containing the long out of print first four albums plus a double rarities bonus disc, which included a cover version of Cambodia.

Their seventh album Covered In Black was released in 2017. After this the band needed a break from writing and came up with the idea to do a covers album. As a counterweight to its predecessor the album was aptly named Covered In Colours, containing tracks that the members were greatly inspired by in their youth, careers and by contemporaries. Then, in October 2020, founding member Jesper M. Jensen passed away.

In June 2023 Anubis Gate released their ninth album Interference.