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The legendary MANES return with ‘Slow Motion Death Sequence’, the most fully realised manifestation of the inimitable vision they first unveiled on 2003’s ’Vilosophe’.
The band continue to riff on late ‘90s progressive experimentation of the Norwegian metal avant-garde (IN THE WOODS…, THE 3RD AND THE MORTAL, SOLEFALD, ULVER), deftly weaving the left-field oddity of that period through hook-ridden pop music and tripped-out electronica.
MANES balance chiaroscuro, ominous minor key vamps and noise excursions with sequencer dreamscapes, diverse rhythms and under-textures of deeper-than-rock guitars on which to foreground multi-faceted vocals that exploit the tension between emotive effervescence, pensive rumination and haunted desperation.
An eclectic set containing the strongest and most persuasive songs of their 25-year career, ‘Slow Motion Death Sequence’ is truly a record for late nights – when the small hours draw addictive fascination from seemingly outlandish soundworlds.
Recommended if you like: ULVER, ANATHEMA, IN THE WOODS…, MASSIVE ATTACK, DAVID BOWIE