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Although not mainly because critically acclaimed or commercially effective mainly because their likeminded countrymen Ulver, Manes have traced a likewise intriguing career path, getting started mainly because token members of Norway’s dark metal diaspora of the first ’90s just before branching away into an nearly baffling selection of divergent musical designs, including however, not limited by electronica, drum’n’bass, and jazz. Originally conceived in 1993 by guitarist/keyboardist/programmer Tor-Helge Skei (aka Cernunus) and vocalist Thomas Berglie (known mainly as Sargatanas) in the city of Trondheim, Manes didn’t record their 1st recording, Under Ein Blodraud Maane, until 1998, but their status had already cultivated quite formidable at that time, because of a string of amazing demos (1993’s “Maanens Natt,” 1994’s “Ned I Stillheten,” and 1995’s “Til Kongens Grav de Dode Vandrer”) — all having a desolate, icy chilly, synth-laden make of “trve” dark metal much like rings like Thorns, Limbonic Artwork, and Burzum. Regrettably, Manes’ two principals would encounter a creative falling out in clumps immediately after, and by enough time a second recording, Vilosophe, finally surfaced in 2003, making it through founder Skei experienced encircled himself with a complete complement of music artists — vocalist Tommy Sebastian Halseth, guitarist Eivind Fjoseide, bassist Torstein Parelius, and drummer Rune Hoemsnes — the easier to reinvent the band’s audio into an avant-garde mishmash of metallic, prog rock and roll, trip-hop, and electronica. Obviously, this radical change took many supporters by surprise, in support of a small part had been remotely interested or open-minded more than enough to stick to Manes thereafter, because they continuing to test out increasingly bold innovative options on 2006’s [Watch] EP and 2007’s The way the World Found a finish (which added second vocalist Asgeir Hatlen, and highlighted real rapping in British and French!). In amount, there’s no speculating where Manes will veer off to following, but it?s likely that it’ll be shocking and unforeseen.

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