Sunday, July 29, 2012

CD Review: Connecticut's Own Manners Combines EPs For New Album

Connecticut hardcore metal band Manners just released their new full-length album, “Apparitions/Escapism” through MorseCode Recordings. The album combines the groups earlier EPs (2010’s Escapism & 2011’s Apparitions) along with two newly written songs.

The album begins with the hardcore screams of “Premonitions” and “Apparitions.” The first seven songs have a harder edge to them than the rest of the album. The power, speed and energy of their music just blows through you with the songs “Hallows” and “Stigmata.” Then you hear the re-recorded version of the songs from their first EP. While songs like “Orbiter” and “Exodus” still have the screaming vocals, the music has more tempo changes that keep the songs from all sounding alike. The album’s first single, “Homecoming” definitely has the right amount of vocals and instrumentation to catch on. The only thing is that the song is only two-and-a-half minutes long. I only wish one of the best sounding songs on the album was just a little longer. The final two songs on the album are newly recorded and appear here for the first time. The song “Widow Maker” and “Shrouds” show flashes of their early hardcore roots with a more mature sound.

Manners will be performing at the Franco American club in Wilimantic, CT on August 4, for more information, check out

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