Review MANIMAL ‘Armageddon’

Manimal are no rookies. The band debuted in 2009 with ‘The Darkest Room’, an album that brought the band to the attention of AFM Records. Since then Manimal have released two more longplayers, the latest in 2018. With ‘Armageddon’ the four guys from Gothenburg now start the fourth chapter.

Not much has changed in terms of style. Manimal deliver one more time well-made power metal that also values good melodies. ‘Slaves of Babylon’ should be mentioned here as an example. Catchiness, good hooks, hard riffs and even some growls have found their way into this tune.

The first song, which made the step from the studio into public was ‘Forged in Metal’. The track is one of the highlights on the album and shows that bands like Judas Priest had an influence on the four guys from Gothenburg. More metal is hardly possible. Striking guitars let the adrenaline level rise. ‘Evil Soul’ also shows the mentioned cross-references and the roaring guitars on ‘Path to the Unknown’ are a joy for every headbanger. The latter song is also kept a bit darker, which gives the whole thing an extra sparkle.

Manimal’s new album comes entirely without ballad. Romantic moments are not to be found on ‘Armageddon’ but its songs like ‘Master of Pain’ that bring tears of joy to the eyes of the denim and leather crowd.

All in all Manimal deliver with ‘Armageddon’ a flawless metal album. There are almost no frills or ballast. Each of the ten songs is right down Broadway and to the point. Good stuff.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Burn in Hell
  2. Armageddon
  3. Slaves of Babylon
  4. Forged in Metal
  5. Chains of Fury
  6. Evil Soul
  7. Path to the Unknown
  8. Master of Pain
  9. Insanity
  10. The Inevitable End

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Power Metal

Release Date EU: October 8th, 2021

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