MANIMAL – Purgatorio (Album Review)

MANIMAL – Purgatorio (Album Review)

MANIMAL – Bio Since their formation in 2001, Manimal from Gothenburg have eaten the dreams of starving Metal fans and produced outstanding albums The Darkest Room (2009) and Trapped In The Shadows (2015). They are a literate band, full of deep thoughts and emotional transparency.  No Fake News for these guys – they speak the truth and truth is their power. I was touched when I spoke to lead singer Sam Nyman in 2016, when…

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MANIMAL – Purgatorio (September 7, 2018)

MANIMAL – Purgatorio (September 7, 2018)

A band needs plenty of exceptional compositional talent to record an album that sounds monolithic despite the fact that the individual songs ooze a wide range of different details and special features. Since its foundation in 2001, Manimal from Gothenburg have successfully mastered this feat for the third time. Despite their loyalty to traditional influences their previous albums, The Darkest Room (2009) and Trapped In The Shadows (2015), were prime examples of modern and trend-setting power metal…

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ORDEN OGAN – Gunmen (Album Review)

ORDEN OGAN – Gunmen (Album Review)

Across the musical fields of dawn stride a band of substance, with a steely determination in their eyes, carrying a sack full of magnificent songs that will make your head turn and your heart swell.  Orden Ogan is that group.  A German power metal band with progressive and folk metal elements, they have completely blown away all my preconceptions and this Gunmen album is another excellent release in 2017. The band was formed in 1996…

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TOP TEN TREASURES – 2016 Rock Albums

Time has passed quickly as the world has spun almost its allotted 365 times around the sun and rock music has developed and changed and records have been produced that have made my heart race a bit faster. 2016 has been a bumper year for all sorts of rock genres.   The Big Three of thrash released powerful new albums and new bands brought their debuts and wore their snotty hearts on their sleeves.  The year…

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Interview: Samuel Nyman of Manimal

Interview: Samuel Nyman of Manimal

Decibel Geek scribe Adam Cox talks to Swedish Power Metallers Manimal (guitarist Samuel Nyman) and gets interesting answers to questions about Trapped In The Shadows, plans for 2016, influences and being kind! I started out by asking Samuel about Trapped In The Shadows and stating that is a great sounding album.  It displays a great deal of pain, so I was eager to know what the band’s main inspirations were for this record. “Thank you! …

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MANIMAL – Trapped in the Shadows (Album Review)

MANIMAL – Trapped in the Shadows (Album Review)

“Back on the train heading nowhere Catching the ride of my life Travelled too far to get sober Vanishing into the mist” (Irresistable) Swedish metal band Manimal was founded in 2001.  They are made up of Samuel Nyman (vocals), Henrik Stenroos (guitar), André Holmqvist (drums) and Kenny Boufadene (bass).  Their first full-length album, The Darkest Room, was released in 2009 and, for the last couple of years, the band has been working on the follow-up. …

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Manimal – Trapped in the Shadows (January 22, 2016)

Manimal – Trapped in the Shadows (January 22, 2016)

Goteborg Sweden 2001 saw the formation of the hard rock/metal band Manimal. Band members Samuel Nyman, Henrik Stenroos, André Holmqvist, Kenny Boufadene issued their first album, The Darkest Room, in 2009 and now they are back with the sophomore effort, Trapped in the Shadows. To be released on November 20, 2015, (January 22, 2015, in North America) on the AFM Records label, Trapped in the Shadows features a special guest appearance from the legendary Udo Dirkschneider who lends…

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