6/9/2006 - Review by: Eric Compton
Manngard - Circling Buzzards - 2006 - Candlelight Records
Manngard really are a mixed breed, combining on what I would consider "math metal". Tons of energy and excitement are on display through this thirty minute set. From progressive structures to stomping groove parts, these Norwegians really try to acomodate today's modern extreme fans by simply offering a wide variety of sounds. For the most part everything stays on a frenzied, reckless path that seems to revolve around the classic sounds of Slayer, completely pulverized and gutted for today's more angst ridden metal pack. Cuts like "Wreathed In Rot" completely incorporate that blasted Slayer soundtrack, however their is a punk inspired backdrop to the whole thing. On "Gragrang" the black metal sounds of Satyricon shine through, almost sounding like a splintered vision of "Rebel Extravaganza". By the twenty-ninth minute I'm left exhausted and famished, completely battered by too many riffs and to many strained screams. Not for me, but for the haggard blackened soul this could be outstanding.
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