Manatees – Helvellyn

Rating: 4.5/5
Distributor/label: Shelsmusic
Distributor/label URL: www.shelsmusic.com
Released: 2016

Lineup:manatees

Greg Wynne – Guitars, Vocals.
A P Macarte – Bass, Vocals, Hammond, Percussion
Paul Heron – Drums, Percussion.

Tracklisting:

1. Helvellyn I
2. Helvellyn II
3. Helvellyn III
4. Helvellyn IV
5. Helvellyn V
6. Helvellyn VI

Review:

This is how you do a farewell album. Manatees have certainly made waves in their time since they united in a part of England famous for lakes and flooding. Notably gaining slots at Damnation Festival in Leeds and supporting bands like Baroness, Klyesa, Oxbow and Dragged into Sunlight, they gained a reputation after relentless tours and two albums, 2005’s ‘The Forever Ending Jitterquest of Slow Hand Chuckle Walker’ and 2008’s ‘Icarus, The Sunclimber’.

Many anticipated their next release but the tours and perhaps the sheer expectation from the music scene was too much for the band and after recording new material the band split to take up slots in bands like GNOD and Ababrot. 

Fast forward 7 years and Manatees have briefly reformed to finally debut their final album and to do a small farewell tour with Erlen Meyer, Lightbearer and Astrohenge. Taking in Kingston, Bristol, Bournemouth and the hallowed Camden Underworld, North London. 

It’s really sad to see these guys call it a day, if this album is anything to go by. From start to finish, their crushing noise assaults you with the Doom filled riffs of V. and VI. and the more droney psychedelic and ambient songs III. and I. You can either get really into the music or zone out whilst laying in bed. 

This album really is a great edition on a par with heavy weights Neurosis, so if you’re a fan of them give this little band from Cumbria a listen, buy their vinyl and give them a farewell salute. 

Thanks guys, and good luck. 

Review by Nathan Slack
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