Leon : Unfortunately, the life of a Lords Of Metal music critic isn’t always great, sometimes you receive albums for a review that you like so little that you urgently want to turn off the music. I strongly believe that reviewers should listen to the whole album for an objective opinion, so it means that you need to persevere and ‘suffer’ a little bit. This, as you might expect, was the case with the new Manes CD, 'Slow Motion Death Sequence', which fell on my doormat to review. The Norwegian group has been going at it since 1993 but has always wanted to make unique music, in this case the music is a mix between Jazz, Trip-Hop, Electro, Metal and progressive rock. Although this combination doesn’t cause me any pleasure, I will try to stay positive. Musically it is unique, I cannot name any group that sounds like Manes sounds. Think of a mix between Rammstein, Nine Inch Nails, and Anathema, with some modern pop influences. At times it is not that bad at all, instrumentally the album is well put together and there are some interesting bits and pieces in there. Unfortunately, the music often lingers in the same vibe and melody, and occasionally the vocals are a bit whiny, it sometimes reminds me a bit of Ozzy Osbourne, which is not a compliment coming from my mouth.
What else can I say about it? Not that much to be honest, the music and compositions are too vague for me to really say something useful about this. Then it comes to taste and whether I like it or not. I think it’s clear to you, from the words above, that I do not like the music. 'Slow Motion Death Sequence' will disappear in the darkest corners of my archive.