After a three-year disappearance, Anubis Unbound returns to the Baltimore music scene. For years these guys portrayed the very definition of Maryland metal by always bringing an epic force to support the music they believed in. Through hardships and heartache, they always stayed true to their fans, growing as both friends and musicians, working their way up from basements and skate-parks to huge sold out venues and arenas. After what had seemed like their biggest break - landing an international tour with death metal band Soilwork - with little to no notice, they vanished. Until now. Where have they been?
Shockwave: So first off, for those who don't know, who is Anubis Unbound?
Brian Smith: Melodic death metal!
Where have you guys been for the past three years?
Jarred Sleeth: Re-grouping. Finding ourselves and each other. We seem to have a problem with drummers: We don't like drummers, and drummers don't like us.
What's the new line-up like?
Ryan Plunkett: Justin Severn on vocals, Ryan Plunkett on bass, Jarred Sleeth and Brian Smith on guitar, and Ashley Maccabee on the drums. Ashley seems to like us but, then again, Ashley's not just a drummer, he's a one-man band.
Ashley Maccabee: I like to think of myself as just a musician.
Two words to best describe Anubis Unbound's chemistry.
Brian: Bromance, Central.
Are you guys involved in any other projects right now?
Jarred: Jarred Sleeth over here is the hired gun guitar for Seventh Seal. Ashley also plays drums in the band Boundstate.
How was it being on tour in Canada with Soilwork? What happened in Quebec?
Brian: Everyone loved us, and a lot of hot women.
Ryan: Nobody spoke the same language, but everyone was on the same page. There was a ton of connection, through this terrible language barrier, but all through the music.
Jarred: It was totally different than any shows we've ever played in this country. The energy was intense. It was amazing.
Brian: They had to kick us out of Canada. Ha!
Will you be hopping back on the road anytime soon now that you're back?
Brian: Soon? No, but maybe one day. Depends how things play out. We're just playin' it by ear for now."
If you could change one thing about the music scene here in Baltimore now since you've been gone, what would it be and why?
Jarred: The venues. Why? We need more good ones.
Ryan: We've lost a lot of them.
The music scene here is similar to a family. It's hard to rebuild and maintain a home if you're constantly losing your house, right?
What are you most looking forward to with the band right now?
Brian: Playing a show again! As well as recording and writing new music.
Are you going to be releasing any new tunes?
Brian: Lots! We're in the works of releasing a brand new three-song demo.
Jarred: Three nasty, amazing songs.
What can we expect for this comeback show? Who's playing?
Brian: Us, Colonist, Sky Came Burning, and A Truth In Red on Fri., Nov. 15 at the Ottobar.
Jarred: What can you expect? POWER! Sh*t you've never heard us do; some really powerful stuff. Our best music is about to be unleashed on your ears. In an assault, an audio assault.
Ryan: It makes our last record look like it was written by a bunch of fourth-graders, ha! Yeah, we stepped up quite a bit.
Anubis Unbound self described as "Melodic death metal" will be returning with new music sure to give your nervous system the chills, on Fri., Nov. 15 at Ottobar. After a three-year hiatus, Baltimore welcomes you home.