MANES

Slow Mo­tion Death Se­quence

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Reviews | Albums. Lives. Merch. - TOM O’BOYLE

DEBEMUR MORTI For­mer black met­allers lack pur­pose to their out­ward push

Mak­ing a di­rec­tional jump straight from ortho­dox, sec­ond-wave BM into am­bi­ent elec­tron­ica, break­beats and jazz rock grand­stand­ing didn’t sit too well with Manes’ fans back in 2003. And yet brav­ing such bold evo­lu­tion, along­side the likes of Ulver, put them ahead of the game, as vi­sion­ar­ies in a field since proven full of evo­lu­tion­ary po­ten­tial. Fifth al­bum Slow Mo­tion Death Se­quence con­tin­ues in their ex­per­i­men­tal vein. The gra­cious melan­choly of En­de­tid­stegn, the elec­tro pulse of Scion and the rif­forama of Chem­i­cal Her­itage make for a sub­dued open­ing, but the pro­gres­sive venom of Poi­son Enough For Ev­ery­one is a mid-point high­light. Build­ing The Ship Of Th­e­seus feels sti­fled, the en­tire record fraught with ex­is­ten­tial angst beg­ging for cathar­tic re­lease. While Manes may ap­pease those with a pen­chant for ex­per­i­men­ta­tion for ex­per­i­men­ta­tion’s sake, their ever-present mid-tempo, Euro-rock vibe is sorely lack­ing in charisma. FOR FANS OF: ANATHEMA, ULVER, ARCTURUS

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