MANES SLOW MO­TION DEATH SE­QUENCE

Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews -

(DEBEMUR MORTI) KKKKK FOR FANS OF: Black Peaks, Thrice, En­ter Shikari ■ With the pop­u­lar­ity of the blackgaze move­ment grow­ing ever more prom­i­nent, now would have been a good time for shapeshift­ing Nor­we­gians Manes to re­turn to their black metal roots. But in­stead, the’ve de­cided once again to warp them­selves into a wholly dif­fer­ent and in­trigu­ing beast, and have no de­sire to regress. Though evok­ing a plethora of bands, they still man­age to fit in nowhere par­tic­u­larly com­fort­ably, and they are just as likely to bury them­selves in swathes of throb­bing elec­tron­ica as they are brood­ing trip-hop, soar­ing alt.rock or de­spon­dent gothic gloom. As the al­bum ti­tle sug­gests, speed­ing things along is not their pri­or­ity, yet the surg­ing, pul­sat­ing grooves driv­ing Chem­i­cal Heritage, Ther­a­pism and opener En­de­tid­stegn are com­pul­sive, and could get the most de­ter­minedly im­mo­bile of ar­ses shak­ing. If there’s a down­side to Slow Mo­tion Death Se­quence, it’s that its dirgeish nature gets a lit­tle wear­ing in places, but then mu­sic this dark was never sup­posed to be out­right easy-go­ing, was it? DAN SLESSOR

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