[Press Release] MANII sign with Debemur Morti Productions
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Old school maniacs rejoice ! "Under ein blodraud maane" certainly rings a bell, right ?
1999, Norway. MANES' debut album. And damn! What an album it was !!!
MANII is the new old MANES.
The new incarnation of their original essence.
Today, I'm most pleased to announce MANIIjoins Debemur Morti Productions !
To celebrate this partnership, we will unleash, in the coming weeks, a 7" with two old MANES songs completely re-recorded with Bornyhake (KAWIR) on drums. The chosen hymns are "i helvetes haller" and "dansen gjennom skuggeheimen". Both originally appeared on the 2nd and 3rd MANES demos.
In the meanwhile, Cernunnus and Sargatanas are also working on what's to become the second MANIIfull-length.
MANII and not MANES, why then? Cernunnus explains : “There’s many different small things and issues, that added together became kind of a burden.. people’s expectations, our own motivation, the previous history (old-manes vs new-manes), and more… we understand that we probably should use the manes name for what it’s worth. but we also want to signal “a new dawn”, a paradigm shift if you want.. and that little band-name twist fits well with that”
Let there be darkness !
MANII is the new incarnation of MANES, a pioneeristic Black Metal act from Norway, born 1993 and remained one of the most obscure outfit off the entire Norwegian Black Metal movement. While other bands were progressing either in terms of switching to a more ear-friendly black metal sound or building a career, MANES remained beyond it all there.. Hidden, secreted… building a solid cult following destined to remain in years, together with other projects like STIGMA DIABOLICUM, THORNS and early CARPATHIAN FOREST.
The demo "Maanens Natt" (1993) as well as their debut full length "Under ein Blodraud Maane"(1999) were nominated for years as two of the darkest recordings of Norwegian black metal, thanks to the feral guitar riffing and the weird keys of Cernunnus and the witching vocals of Sargatanas, the two founding and basic members of this obscure collective.
After a short hiatus MANES returned in 2003 with a strong brain and face lift: the album "Vilosophe"presented us a completely different band, at that moment engaged into an avantgarde jazzy dark music with no boundaries, extremely original and enchanting. The metamorphosis found its completion with "How the world came to an end" (Candlelight, 2007), at some parts even rather trip-hop and displaying a marvellous handling of electronica and sound design (sort of going into a ULVERdrawn path).
Still we don’t know what could have been the future step of MANES after such a piece of orchestral delirium, at that point closer to acts like TRICKY and MASSIVE ATTACK rather than to the primordial black metal roots.
During summer 2011 MANES was officially put to rest (but has since been re-animated again) but from their -ideal- ashes the spirit immediately resurrected under the physical name of MANII : Sargatanas, the original vocalist got back into the band and Cernunnus restarted writing music with a cursed electric guitar…
The duo laid down an incredible set of songs that could really belong to the old era and recordings: it is further more incredible how, despite 15 years having gone-by and the different musical styles approached in time, the old inspiration didn’t dry out at all.
MANII and not MANES, why then? "There’s many different small things and issues, that added together became kind of a burden.. people’s expectations, our own motivation, the previous history (old-manes vs new-manes), and more… we understand that we probably should use the manes name for what it’s worth. but we also want to signal "a new dawn", a paradigm shift if you want.. and that little band-name twist fits well with that" as perfectly expressed by Cernunnus himself.