Manes

How The World Came To An End

Written by: NH on 24/07/2007 00:05:47

After never having heard about Manes, I didn't know what to expect. This is probably the best way for me to review a CD so that I am not too biased, which I could not guarantee if I had been handed an Aiden album or something similar. However, being an art fan, the album cover caught my eye, and I was impressed. Reading a bit about the band I was embarrassed to find that they had been around for just over 14 years now and had played with bands such as My Dying Bride, Mayhem and Danzig. "How The World Came To An End" is Manes' first album recorded for Candlelight Records, but they have already commenced with a follow up that is to be named "Be All/End All". Manes consists of Emil on lead vocals, Tommy on backing vocals, Tor-Arne on percussion, Eivind on lead guitar, Skei on electronics and rhythm guitar, Rune on drums and Torstein on bass.

The CD opens with "Deeprooted" and straight away you can tell this is going to be a hugely experimental album, with electronica, industrial and metal all thrown into the first track. Another thing that certainly stands out is the high pitched singing that is brought in a few minutes into it, which certainly does not seem out of place on this slightly bizarre intro. However, as the song begins to end, you're left wondering what the rest of the album is going to include, and if they are going to fall at the hurdle most bands do when making an experimental CD, which is to have an album that seems like one long track. With that in mind, I eagerly listen to "Come To Pass" which is the second track, and it starts out with the similar keyboard/electronica feel, but soon turns into some crazy trip-hop style song, and I realize that my previous concerns where in fact ridiculous. There is also somewhat of a Tim Armstrong influence in this track with the way lead singer Emil portrays his vocals.

After just two songs you know not to expect anything from this band. Further into the CD and with the analysis that "Come To Mind" has influences of Tim Armstrong, the whole album begins to remind me of The Transplants' second album "Haunted Cities", not with its sound necessarily but with the diverse shifts between the style of each song. It comes as no surprise that the album was created with some 16 people and it undoubtedly shows. The amount of layers and shifts within each song is incredible and makes this a CD that is easy on the ears of any rock fan. The two songs mentioned are somewhat more upbeat than the rest of the album as there are also some quieter, slower tracks such as "Last Light" and others that lie somewhere in-between such as "The Cure-All". With some of the songs being over 6 minutes long, it still doesn't get boring, although on occasion you feel that it is lacking identity, a problem I have with most experimental albums I have come across.

As you get to the end of the album, however, you'll be in love with this band, and will, like me, wonder why you hadn't heard of them before. The last album on the CD "Son Of Night Brother Of Sleep" is spoken and distorted, which lyrically explains one man's intentions of suicide, the beginning lyrics stating "There are so many high places I would jump from, overdosed on painkillers first and just as I'm about to pass out I'd leap" the track carries on while he contemplates the different ways in which he could commit suicide. It leaves you with a feeling that is just depressing, even more so as the song intentionally fades out towards the end. And as you sit there and wonder what the hell you have just heard, you truly understand the meaning of the album title "How The World Came To An End".

7

Download: Son Of Night Brother Of Sleep, Come To Pass
For the fans of: POD, Massive Attack, The Mars Volta
Listen: Myspace

Release date 07.05.2007
Candlelight Records
Provided by Target ApS

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