Monday, April 8, 2019

Manam

Manam
Rebirth of Consciousness
release date: November 23rd, 2018
label: Rockshots Records
1.Fallen Leaves 01:48
2.Supernova 04:23
3.Atman Denied 07:13
4.Innerdemon 04:00
5.Revelation 07:02
6.Total War 00:30
7.A Raw Awakening 06:50
8.Anam 05:28
9.Sahara 05:21
total time 42:35
This is apparently the Italian band’s debut album, according to Metal Archives. The music is European-style melodic extreme metal with growling and with lots of singing. The music goes from extreme metal to power metal and progressive, so there’s a nice but smooth range of sounds. The use of the dual voices finds the growling to be quite harsh, and on the aggressive side, while the singing is very melodic and high. The rhythm section is on point, anchoring the songs rather well. At times the drumming does stand out a bit more through some of the times changes, which include kicking up the speed substantially during some segments where blasting and near-blasting speeds are reached. Besides the dual vocals, the guitars call for attention, given the catchy riffs and the great amount of melodies used. The vocals, as already mentioned are done well, but the guitars also have lots to offer to the listener in terms of hooks and soloing. There is a bunch of interesting details: some thrashy stuff, power metal riffing, tremolo picking, melancholic moments, and other traits that are memorable.
The songwriting is remarkably smooth. Maybe it’s the good vocals, and the cool singing, maybe it’s the guitar melodies, but it could be the chemistry of the songwriting team, and the fact that this is the first album. It is possible that these buns have been cooking for a while in the oven and with the right amount of work and time, the perfect recipe has been made. Fans of catchy melodic extreme metal, especially the European sounds and styles, would be the ideal audiences to consider the album. The album begins pretty strong, and as it progresses the songwriting shows more diversity, but towards the latter half of the album the band does a good of keeping up the quality. There is not a sense that the latter half of the album is filler material. The playing time in general goes by quite well. In the U.S. the band’s name might be unknown, and this might also be the case in Europe, but the album on its own stands very nicely and should be interesting for fans of melodic death metal.
MANAM - Supernova (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)
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