The 7″ EP is scheduled for a late August / early September release. “Skuggeheimen” will contain two old MANES songs completely re-recorded with Bornyhake (KAWIR, BORGNE) on drums.
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 band is also working on the much awaited successor of “Kollaps” (2013). About this new album, Cernunnus comments:
“Musically, it’s a bit different from the first album, but it will be cold and harsh! Some songs are a lot more intense and faster, but there’s still some veeery doomy stuff in there.. some people that have heard it, said that it sound quite old-school, some said it was a massive nostalgia trip, hehe.. but that has not really been our intention.. if it is, it has happened naturally.. we do whatever we feel like doing, unaffected by what people might think about it.. but we don’t like ‘modernized’ metal too much, so we have no problem with being called old-school.“
The legendary line up will be the same, Cernunnus and Sargatanas joined by Bornyhake on drums.
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 ULVER drawn 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.