Exposé Online banner

Anubian Lights — The Eternal Sky
(CLEO 96032, 1995, CD)

by Mike McLatchey, Published 1995-11-01

The Eternal Sky Cover art

Cleopatra has been surprising of late with their output; the Space Daze compilation and Spiral Realms releases were both pleasant surprises. Anubian Lights is another solid release. The group is basically Nik Turner with many other familiar names in the Hawkwind axis and is like a trip back to the days of Sphynx and Xitintoday with strong Egyptian and middle Eastern overtones. The music is varied from synthesizer drones ("Breaking the Seal") to tribal like dirges ("Soul Herder" and "Grid Coordinate: Vorp One") and on to more typical and modern rave like tracks ("Jackal and Nine.") Certainly, this is more in the rock direction at times than blood brother Spiral Realms and Dorian Shelley's Ed Wynne / Steve Hillage like guitar ties this strongly into the new British psychedelic scene a la Ozric Tentacles. Besides the fact I still can't swallow rave drum beats no matter how many effects are layered over them, this has a lot of great (even classic) music with some distinct ethnic touches and I must recommend it, especially to ambient / house listeners.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 8, 1995 releases

Related artist(s): Anubian Lights, Nik Turner, Simon House

Latest news

2017-07-27
Yestival Dates Beef up the Beat – Word reaches us that Dylan Howe (son of guitarist Steve Howe) will be joining Yes on their "Yestival" tour, drumming alongside longtime band member Alan White. » Read more

2017-05-19
First ProgStock Festival Set for October – October 2017 will see the inaugural edition of a festival called ProgStock in Rahway, New Jersey at the Union County Performing Arts Center. With a definite slant towards neo-progressive music, the event is sure to please many fans with the inclusion of such artists as Echolyn, Glass Hammer, and Aisles. The festival will take place October 13-15. » Read more

2017-05-05
Clive Brooks RIP – Word reaches us today of another sad passing in the music world. Drummer Clive Brooks, best known as a member of such Canterbury bands as Egg, Uriel / Arzachel, and Groundhogs, has died at the age of 67. Details are sketchy at this point. The news was reported on Nick Mason's Facebook page — Brooks was Mason's drum tech. » Read more

2017-05-02
Col. Bruce Hampton RIP – The phrase "He died doing what he loved" is almost a cliche, but in the case of Col. Bruce Hampton, it couldn't be more true. Hampton, who was born Gustav Berglund III, collapsed on stage at his own 70th birthday celebration and later passed away. The event took place at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. » Read more

2017-04-16
ProgDay 2017 Announces First Bands – Flor de Loto, Sonar, and Infinien are the first three performers to be announced for the 2017 edition of the long-running ProgDay Festival. The 23rd ProgDay takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

David Cross - Closer Than Skin – Ex-King Crimson violinist David Cross is back again with a confident follow-up to his acclaimed Exiles CD. Cross and writing partner, bassist Mick Paul, continue to refine their band’s musical...  (2006) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues