First, a bit of history about this band's origins.
The Norwegian band
was once an old-school black metal project, consisting of the duo of
Cernunnus and Sargatanas.
They released an album in 1998, then Sargatanas left and Cernunnus
(using his real name Tor-Helge Skei) recruited a new lineup
and took Manes in a completely different direction (similar to the
career path of
Fast forward to 2013, and Manes (after several years of inactivity)
is back, but so also is the pairing of Cernunnus and Sargatanas, and
that pair goes by the name Manii.
The new album under that name, Kollaps
, indeed reverts back to
the old, icy black metal style, though a bit more atmospheric in feel.
The duo forgoes the trend in minimalist production employed by many
black metal bands past and present, and the resulting clearer production
enhances the songs greatly.
Certainly not uplifting in the slightest,
is an impressive foray into depressive, cold, atmospheric black metal,
and a worthy continuation of the original Manes style.
Sargatanas (Thomas Berglie)
(Khold, Manes, Tulus)
Cernunnus (Tor-Helge Skei)
- Likfugl Flaksar
- Ei Sjśl som Sloknar
- Ei Beingrind i Dans
- Avgrunns Djuv