Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Manes - Endetidstegn

MANES is a bold, atmospheric and assertive Norweigan avantgarde metal band. Their latest album "Slow Motion Death Sequence" is a hybrid of genres and influences with a real sense of urgency to push the boundaries of progressive metal. It has elements of electronica, trip-hop and alternative rock/metal delivered with a tasteful subtle pop sensibility in places. Listen closely and you can also find sprinkles of jazz, confirming that MANES isn’t afraid to experiment and take risks. "Slow Motion Death Sequence" is layered in detail and sometimes cinematic in scope, with a pretentious and unhealthy portion of nihilism and darkness with its theme and concept.

MANES was formed in Trondheim, Norway, in 1992. Their music has gone through many stages of transformation and mutation up until today, but the core of the band has remained unchanged for over 16 years. The band has had a mantra of exploration and experimentation in their approach to songwriting, and is hard to define by limiting genres. Overall it can best be described as a bastardization of rock and electronica with influences from jazz, metal and more. Still, the focus lies on what goes in the ear. The music has been called both atmospheric and cinematic, often with climactic builds and layers of detail. It can be both emotional and oppressive, and more often than not; cloaked in discomforting darkness. MANES can in many ways be called somewhat of an artistic collective, not adhering to the traditional band-concept, as collaborations have become a staple of their sound. Often resembling a borderless playground for its members, Manes seek to find some glimpse of magic in what they create outside of their more normal band ambitions.

The album also features guest vocals by Ana Carolina Ojeda (MOURNING SUN) and Anna Murphy(CELLAR DARLING).

The members of MANES has been, or is, a part of bands like ATROX, THE THIRD AND THE MORTAL, LETHE, DRONTHEIM, CHTON, CALCORDER among others.

MANES has chosen to first and foremost focus on studio work and the creative aspects of music and is selective and eclectic regarding live appearances. Nevertheless, up through the years MANES has played a few concerts with bands like ISIS, KATATONIA, THEATER OF TRAGEDY and more, and has played festivals like Brutal Assault, Inferno, Quart, Dark Bombastic Evening, Blastfest and Pstereo. MANES has also played alternative shows like a semi-acoustic show at an art vernissage and a live collaboration with the noise artists B Revolution, and appreciate the possibility to experiment in a concert setting.

On "Slow Motion Death Sequence", the avant-garde crew (Tor-Helge Cern Skei, viNd, Rune Hoemsnes, Torstein Parelius, and Asgeir Hatlen) teamed up with ATROX / DRONTHEIM collaborators Tom Engelsøy, Rune Folgerø and Tor Arne Helgesen.

Today's tune "Endetidstegn" (is Norwegian and translates as sign or signs of the end times) is their first-ever music video, and the first visual companion to their new record, “Slow Motion Death Sequence”. Directed by Guilherme Henriques, "Endetidstegn" presents a bleak window into a personal form of apocalypse, the inevitable demise handed down by the vengeful Gods of modern man, vice, alcohol, drugs… Elements of psychedelic electronica and trip-hop converge over crunching guitars and haunting male/female vocal harmonies to evoke one's own Slow Motion Death Sequence.

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