heavy metal, AFM / Soulfood (10 songs / voice: 8.10.)
It’s been over ten years since Manimal released their debut album, Monsters of Gutenberg. And what a debut: the darkest room received the maximum grade of a metal hammer with seven points, and the first sentence of the review consisted of only one word: “Wahnsinn”. Three albums later, you have to admit that the Swedes have lost a bit of momentum, but they still know how to make good albums. ARMAGGEDON is a record that gives you no break – each of the ten numbers has the ignition power of about twenty illegal fireworks. Singer Samuel Neiman almost reached the heights of Halford, but still offers enough variety in the game.
There are songs with a “normal” tone, such as The Inevitable End, and of course there are also songs where his unusual tone of voice stands out, such as the rocky song Forged In Metal. Those who like more variety will enjoy “The Road to the Unknown”. There’s even Neiman trying a short rap break. But don’t worry, despite these modern whistles and bells, the record is somewhat old school. With the sharp guitar tones of Henrik Stenross and the sound of rocky drums, there is a certain PAINKILLER feel to the recordings. But it’s still not enough to rizzy “madness”.
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