MANUS MORTIS are a 5 piece Thrash Deathcore band from Springfield, MO, First off there is very little background I can offer you guys on this band but upon first listening impressions if you are a fan of Brain Drill, Oceano or Asesino, with slight vocal hints of DevilDriver these guys are certainly a must listen to band, or if you just want something heavier than the average band look no further! These guys don’t mess about by any means, with Breakdowns that will leave your neck sore but your ears wanting more right down to a stripped down old skool Grindcore sound that is immense, followed by a Gothic Black Speed Metal Chorus style. Without wasting any more time down to the 6 Track review!
TRACK 1: WORDS ARE LIKE BULLETS
As the title probably suggests right off the bat this is one heavy hitter song! I’m still absorbing just how heavy these guys are and trust me when I say they are heavy they are heavy! The introduction line before the music actually kicks in is fantastic first off, pretty much to invite you to join the journey, the music kicks in old fashioned Grindcore style it’s fast pace and sheer aggression it’s honestly a bit overwhelming in a good way, as I said takes me well back, from deep droPped vocals in the verse to higher pitched keys in the chorus and the crunchiest breakdown I’ve heard in a while this makes a fantastic opening track for the EP
TRACK 2: E=MC PARTY
The band really kick it into a higher gear right here with the same raw Grindcore sound but a lot of elements of Speed/Thrash mixed with a very tasty side of Gothic Black Metal BUT don’t let the mix of acclaimed ‘dark satanic music’ twist you from checking this because with such a unique cross of styles in this one, this if you do have an ear for this style of music it gets rather personal, which you’ll notice more as the song comes to a close, this is fast, heavy Grindcore style at the peak of its prime right here! Personally my favorite off this EP, this one has a LOT of breakdowns!!!.
TRACK 3: SUBJECT AND I
This one is why I say this band reminds me a lot of Brain Drill and Asesino in particular with even a potential taste of Viking Crown this album does not stop bringing the heavy and although this specific genre of metal is a very acquired taste this song is extremely well put together, with a very abrupt ending which actually sits really nicely into track 4
TRACK 4: OBLIVIOUS
Piano…YES you read that right definitely for me this is a first for the genre, a beautifully written into on keyboards that you may not think would suit the genre but it sits absolutely beautifully in place for this song, this for me stands out the most definitely, the music has a more Iron Maiden vibe over the guitar with a blinding breakdown in the middle returning right back on que to the intense riffage that is OBLIVIOUS
TRACK 5: OLIVER TWIST
This just keeps getting heavier and heavier with astonishing growls and screams that will make any fan of the genre keep begging for more and more, but once again I cannot stress enough for this EP in particular has a very emotional/revengeful feel depending on what way you look at it. Once again all the right breaks in all the right places!
TRACK 6: PLANKS AND FIRELIGHTERS
This track’s intro is very similar to the end of the previous I’m not sure was that intended but it works very well together, Once again it has a very heavy meaty feel with, yes you guessed it, surreal breakdowns, once again this one lyrically actually really speaks a lot personally to me, there is however a slightly less serious ‘WooHoo’ just before the mid way breakdown which will make you take a little step back and wonder, but its a nice touch to show that Grindcore isn’t all serious and angry there are cool little elements of surprise in this one.
TRACK 7: QUAD SEVEN’S
So we’ve once again reached the end of another review and it’s with great pleasure to say upon listening to this 7 track EP, this band has not let up once, and this in my opinion will be this bands Walk! obviously about 200 BPM faster but this as a fantastic closer for a very very impressive EP, the breakdown is a lot less of what you’ve heard on the previous 6 but once again, keeping it original, this is definitely MANUS MANTIS We don’t give a fuck anthem, Literally! The final 30-40 seconds of this track showcases some of the heaviest stuff off this EP!
While MANUS MORTIS’ genre may not be for everyone you can not take away the fact that these guys are original, are heavy and are genuinely a band I for one want to hear more of, Grindcore, Deathcore, Goregrind are all genre’s that are in my opinion very overlooked in the metal scene because people think its noise, I for one strongly disagree, In my personal opinion to understand metal in general you need to be intelligent and if this genre is your cup of tea, or coffee if you prefer I highly recommend to check these guys out, the EP is free to listen to on YouTube and Spotify NOW!