A horrible hack

Dead In The Manger


Year Released: 2014
Format: Download
Label: 20 Buck Spin
Reviewed by Alex Deller on Nov 11, 2014
I wasn't expecting anything particularly cheery from a band called Dead In The Manger, but this one takes the biscuit: a dour, gloomy crypt desecration that slips quietly between genres like a phantom through your most terrifying nightmares. Beginning with some morose instrumental clanking (think: if Codeine or early Mogwai had loaded up on Thergothon vibes) before launching into an all-out metal assault that's part grind, part black metal and part patch-strewn crusty guitar sound the tone is pretty much set within the first five minutes. These ideas are pummelled and throttled for all they're worth over the EP's relatively short course, with the overall atmosphere somehow both frenzied and lugubrious. The tremolo-picked guitar lines are loaded with intrigue and evil melody, and the frantic attack is occasionally punctured by deeper moments of mourning or sampled eeriness. By way of comparison I'd suggest stuff like Dephosphorus and Thantifaxath (since all three bands meddle with parameters and conjure a doomed sense of atmosphere) - fairly high praise indeed, but then I've listened to this a heckuvva lot lately and am still having a whale of a time with it.

Recommended record by Collective Zine!

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