MANIPULATOR “Voudbound + Unearthed”

“Voidbound + Unearthed”
(Soulseller Records)
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. There are so many bands out there that it is impossible to keep up with everyone if you want to stay sane. Manipulator are a blank slate to me. I have never heard of them or their music, which apparently should be some sort of death metal. To my ears this sounds like that old Mayhem demo “Pure Fucking Armageddon”. Or is it Hellhammer that I’m reminded of. This is any which way very basic and to the point. And I like it. There is an undeniable charm to it that brings up emotions in me that only older records manage to do. I’m not one for nostalgia but this goes deeper than that. It’s like old muscle memories. I react on pure instinct to music like this. It speaks to the more basic genetics in my body; the Neanderthal in me. But it takes its man/woman to stomach a full album of metal like this. Anders Ekdahl

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