Manes - Young Skeleton (2020)


With the volume of promos we get every day, we rarely look into the ones that contain singles. That being said, when the name Manes popped into our inbox, we had to drop everything else and pay undivided attention. As one of our favorite genre-bending bands, this Norwegian outfit continues to push the boundaries of music with their creative exploits and “Young Skeleton” is no different. If you like a mixture of Rock/Metal and tons of atmospheric elements, then Manes is definitely a band to explore.

Opening with the title track, we get a somber track that slowly builds up with very subtle elements until Tom Engelsøy guest vocals perfectly lead this piece. The song has a very nice progression as the lush atmospherics slowly complement the minimalist percussion. Delivering a more complex and layered approach, “Mouth of the Volcano” unleashes the full Manes sound with brilliant guest vocals from Anna Murphy (Cellar Darling) and Ana Carolina Skaret (Mourning Sun) paired with regular vocalist, and alongside eerie atmospherics. Creating a chaotic and yet lush experience, this track gives us a bit of a mix between Manes and Lethe.

If you never heard of Manes, this is a solid introduction to the band’s unique weirdness. As long time fans, we are quite excited about what the future holds with another full-length release on the horizon. Aimed at collectors, some of the vinyl versions of this release have less than 100 copies available, so be sure to pick them up for your archive.

Band: Manes Album: Young Skeleton

Label: Aftermath Music

Release: April 18th, 2020

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Genre: Experimental/Avant-garde

Country: Norway

Rating: 94/100

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