After the success of their debut album Sibuna, the fans of Anubis have been clamoring for more. To tide them over until the next full release, the band has issued a 4 song EP.
The disc starts with a song about demanding friendships. "Above Water" is a stark and startling song that features the bass work of The Jackal (Pete Williamson) backing the haunting vocals of Isis (Sarah Co'burn). Sarah has a mesmerizing voice and she is in peak form here. She gives an almost gothic feel to this stripped down work.
They then turn to a rework of the fantastic song from their debut album "Stalked by Sadness". This time it is reworked to include vocals by Isis. This terrific song still includes the guitar work of The Pharaoh (Simon Lees) that is so gripping. I can't say that Isis' vocals add a whole lot to the song, I still prefer the original.
The band really lets go with the next song. It is as hard edged as anything you have heard from them before. "In Your Mind" is a rocker that features the work of The Sphinx (Andy Hart) and Simon Lees. This song is enough to make you want Avatar. It will have your mouth watering for more. I can tell you that Simon is one super guitarist and I have enjoyed anything where his fingers hit the fretboard. This is no exception!
To end the disc is a strange little number, the title track "Avatar". This one which is all Isis with some keyboard backing, it has a little bit of lyrics that along with the sound effects and spoken word passages by Isis, all relate to the cover art.
The band continues to whet the appetite with this release. Though it might have only a couple of real new musical offerings, they are very strong. The band continues to create some very fine music and maybe this will be enough to satisfy until a full release gets here.
Anubis did a real cool thing with this EP. They had a contest to name it, and the winner gets a credit on the disc. The lucky bum! Anubis has a special relationship with its fans. This should be enough to keep them for a little while, but I bet they will want more before too long!
1. Above Water
2. Stalked by Sadness (Isis mix)
3. In Your Mind