Manimalism are a band from Norway that plays an avant garde form of black metal and this is a review of their self titled and self released 2014 album.
A very dark, weird and heavy sound starts off the album along with some clean singing vocals and melodic riffing and the music has a very avant garde vibe to it and after awhile female vocals can be heard in certain sections of the recording along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them.
Most of the songs stick to a slow and heavy direction and brings back some of the 90's style of Norwegian avant garde metal that has not been done by any bands in a long time and on some of the tracks spoken words are utilized as well as a small amount of synths and drones being brought in briefly while the main focus remains mostly on a heavy guitar orientated sound and while the music is rooted in black metal none of the screams or aggressive vocals of that genre are brought into the music.
Manimalism brings back the post avant garde Norwegian black metal sound of the 90's and adds a more guitar driven approach to the genre as well as keeping the vocals melodic, the production sounds very professional for being a self released recording while the lyrics have a very dark and poetic edge to them.
In my opinion Manimalism are a very great sounding post avant garde black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Demons In Tuxedos" "Romance" and "The Cocktail Party To End Them All". 8 out of 10.