INVOCATOR mainman Jacob Hansen, who is currently known worldwide as a superb metal producer (MERCENARY, COMMUNIC, HATESPHERE, ROB ROCK, VOLBEAT, RAUNCHY), has been chosen as the new singer of Danish power metal act ANUBIS GATE.
Commented the band: "We are very happy to announce that we have now found a strong replacement for our former vocalist Torben Askholm. His name is Jacob Hansen, the founding member of INVOCATOR, in which Jesper [M. Jensen, guitar] played in the early days, but these days he is equally known worldwide as a very strong producer. We have always enjoyed working with Jacob, as he did produce our two albums, and we have all been on a friendly term for many years. The vocal test files we received are 100% what we were looking for in a singer, so in every way this can't be a more optimal situation for us. If you're familiar with Jacob's vocals on the INVOCATOR albums, you're really in for a surprise with the next ANUBIS GATE. Jacob is a much more talented singer than what his 'growls' in INVOCATOR shows — in fact, you might liken his approach on our new stuff more along the lines of CRIMSON GLORY/QUEENSRŸCHE vocals. We all have a good feeling about 2006, and we are already a long way in the writing process of the forthcoming album, which, in the light of our autumn concerts, also will leave space for vocals from our bassist (and temporary lead singer) Henrik Fevre. Recordings for our third album will begin in the summer. A big warm welcome onboard to Jacob, from Morten, Henrik, Kim and Jesper."
Added Jacob Hansen: "I've wanted to try singing 'for real' for a long time — not just shouting out words, and when I heard that Torben was no longer in the band, I recorded a short test-run one day I had some spare time, and sent it to Jesper, my old bandmate from '89 to '91. Luckily Jesper and the band all liked it, even though I was hesitant playing this for him. ANUBIS GATE has always been an interesting band to me. I got to know the guys back in the early '90s when they were in another band, and I was thrilled when ANUBIS GATE finally came to life. I guess we all shared the same inspirations when it came to power metal — the old classic late '80s/early '90s albums. We had the same heroes, and I remember sitting after a show, together with Morten [Soresen, drums], singing — or at least trying to sing — CRIMSON GLORY tunes. I hope I can be an asset to the band as much as a worthy follower to Torben Askholm. Thanks for believing, guys!"
ANUBIS GATE released their second album, "A Perfect Forever", in September 2005 via Locomotive Music. The follow-up to 2004's "Purification" was produced by Hansen and features cover artwork by Mattias Norén.