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Manes: How the World Came to an End

It isn't often one comes across a band with black metal origins that takes such a 360 degree turn musically and changing their sound as dramatically as Norwegian band Manes have done. They did just that on their second album Vilosophe released back in 2003 and they continue their avant-garde stylings here with their latest entitled How the World Came to an End. I can understand incorporating different influences into one's music but after one listen to this disc it's difficult to comprehend why they didn't just change their name altogether because the sounds on How the World Came to an End have very little to do with their earlier sound. The band borrows from a wide variety of musical genres including elements of jazz, trip-hop, electronica and plain old straight ahead rock. Manes does have an interesting sound and it's evident that they're willing to take some pretty daring leaps with their music but I'm not sure this disc has much appeal for even the most open minded metal fan.

Track Listing
1) Deeprooted
2) Come To Pass
3) I Watch You Fall
4) A Cancer in our Midst (Plague One)
5) Last Lights
6) Nobody Wants the Truth
7) My Journal of the Plague Years ( Fuckmensch Warmensch)
8) The Cure-All
9) Transmigrant
10) Son of Night Brother of Sleep

Added: May 27th 2007
Reviewer: Ryan Sparks
Related Link: Candlelight Records
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Language: english

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