Three years since their last album, Purgatorio, Gothenburg metal force Manimal has announced the release of a brand-new studio record this Autumn. Titled Armageddon, it is slated for a release on 8th October through AFM Records.
However, prior to the album release, they’ve released a new single titled ‘Burn In Hell’ – And you can watch the video for it right here at RAMzine and buy it here.
Tracks featured are ‘Burn In Hell’, ‘Armageddon’, ‘Slaves Of Babylon’, ‘Forged In Metal’, ‘Chains Of Fury’, ‘Evil Soul’, ‘Path To The Unknown’, ‘Master Of Pain’, ‘Insanity’ and ‘The Inevitable End’. Armageddon, that was mixed by the band’s bassist Kenny Boufadene at his Studio Meltdown in Sweden.
Previous singles from the album were ‘Armageddon‘, ‘The Inevitable End’ and ‘Forged In Metal‘, released earlier this year, and you can watch official videos for them right here at RAMzine.
‘The Inevitable End’ represents the more melodic side of Manimal, according to lead vocalist Samuel Nyman, “with strong harmonies and a catchy chorus.” The rest of the band being Henrik Stenroos – Guitars and André Holmqvist – Drums.
The evolution between Armageddon and their first album, The Darkest Room, released back in 2009 shows song-writing that is “tighter, stronger and bolder” with a style that should suit both the old school and modern metal fan. However, Nyman doesn’t believe the band be tagged easily stylistically.
“We are more than power metal. It was our label that put Manimal into the power metal category with our first album, and we understand that completely because they had to put us in a genre to guide people. Power metal for me are bands like Helloween, Gamma Ray and Stratovarius; they have more up-tempo songs, more vocal harmonies. Sure, Manimal does have power metal elements but we’re not pure power metal. There is more to us than that and I think the new album is perfect example of that.”
The song-writing for Armageddon was once again headed up by Stenroos, considered by his bandmates to be the musical mastermind behind Manimal – The guitarist listens to all different types of music and because of that colourful musical palette, according to Nyman, “He boils it down and gets his own ideas, trying to create something he likes himself.”
With a solid riff-oriented approach, the material Stenroos presented to the rest of the band for Armageddon were actual songs rather than just ideas. As with their three previous records, the quartet worked together fleshing the songs into their final form. “The vocals harmonies Henrik gives me are played with the guitar,” said Nyman, continuing: “We have been making music together for so many years now that I can almost hear by the way he’s playing how he wants me to deliver the vocals. It’s not very often that we disagree in the song-writing process.
”I’m really proud we’ve managed to create yet another great album together,” Stenroos added. “And it’s been a team effort. All four of us have put so much soul and effort into everything from song writing to recording, with the result of a really heavy and all through awesome sounding album without any fillers what so ever. The fans of our previous works will not be disappointed.”
Armageddon will be available on vinyl, CD and on digital formats and can be pre-ordered here.