MANES, the Norwegian band featuring members of THIRD AND THE MORTAL, ATROX and CHTON, has commenced recording its new album, tentatively titled "Invention - Or How The World Came To An End And Why We Did It", at Spiren Studio in Rognes (near Trondheim) with producer Rune Stavnesli. The CD will be the group's first for U.K.'s Candlelight Records and is planned for an early 2007 release. The first in a series of planned studio blogs has been posted at this location.
As previously reported, a live video by MANES performing the song "The Neoflagellata Revision" has been made available for download at this location (Windows Media, 38 MB). The clip is also available for viewing at www.myspace.com/manes. The video was edited from bootleg footage shot at a 2004 gig in MANES' hometown Trondheim.
"The Neoflagellata Revision" is one of two new songs that appeared on MANES' 2006 release, the seven-track EP entitled "[view]", out on Aural Music. Among the other songs on the EP is a cover song of "Cinder Alley" (originally by 16 HORSEPOWER), which can also be heard on the band's MySpace profile.
MANES was founded back in late 1992 and released three demos, plus a debut album ("Under ein Blodraud Maane", Hammerheart Records) as a two-piece, but has since then evolved to become a multi-headed monster. With members from bands like THIRD AND THE MORTAL, ATROX and CHTON, the band released the album "Vilosophe" on the Italian label Code666 in 2003 to great reviews. As a stepping stone before the next album is released, the EP "[view]" came out as a limited edition in February 2006 on Aural Music, the mother label of MANES' previous record company, Code666. The band left Aural Music not long after the release of this EP and signed to Candlelight Records.
MANES' music defies any easy genre definitions, but can best be described as a dark mix of metal, rock and electronica.