MANIMALISM

Avant-garde Metal • Norway
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Manimalism is a Norwegian avant-garde metal act. From their 2014/15 promo material: "Manimalism was founded by Kim Sølve and three others back in 1992. An anomaly in their own time, Manimalism was a silent contributor to the first wave of Norwegian post-black metal weirdness when names like Ved Buens Ende and Fleurety, before they became legendary, were their only contemporaries. As Taarenes Vaar, they released two demos, one in 1996 and one in 1997, both to critical acclaim from local magazines. It was hard for conformists to make sense of Manimalism; there was not much there that adhered to the expectations of the already indoctrinated black metal scene. Too bizarre to get proper recognition in their own time, too weird to be picked up by the black metal demo re-release wave a decade or so back, their two demos stand as the only evidence of their artistic merit."
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MANIMALISM Manimalism

Album · 2014 · Avant-garde Metal
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Demons in tuxedos...

Genre: avant-garde metal

22 years in the making, Manimalism's debut album was released this November via Adversum, but features material that was written as long ago as 1992. The album itself was recorded in the period 2002-2013, so it's really been a long process.

The music is truly weird without being pretentious. One element that recurs is dissonance, which may or may not own to the members' backgrounds in black metal bands such as Delirium Bound, Ved Buens Ende, and the Konsortium (all of which are kinda avant-garde already). The dissonance works well and, while challenging to the listener, never becomes unbearable. The songs themselves are dynamic in structure and performance, evolving around organic drumming, a bewildering bass, and a round-sounding and, as mentioned, dissonant guitar. The vocals are strangely crooning and are probably a factor in softening up the sound; the singing definitely stands in contrast to the dissonance.

This is weird stuff and might not appeal to everybody, but if you like avant-garde metal which experiments with combining silken texture with darkness and chaos, then you owe it to yourself to check out this album.

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