Infernal Manes - Infernal Manes (Edged Circle Productions)

Remembering simpler metal daze...
Release Date: 
12 Jan 2015 (All day)

I don’t know a whole lot about Norway’s Infernal Manes. This EP was originally released in 2004, and a reformed version of the band is looking to put out a full length album sometime this year, but beyond that it all gets a bit mysterious.

It’s a shame the band has been dormant all these years though because on the evidence of this re-release they had a fair bit to offer. Raw, uncultured heavy metal is the name of the game, with, of course, a big NWoBHM influence shining to the fore on tracks like the pseudonymous Infernal Manes. Vocalist TJ Cobra also carries a bit of a torch for King Diamond, so fittingly this EP is rounded out by a frantic and brutal cover of Mercyful Fate’s Come to the Sabbath to pull the band’s general ethos into sharp focus.

As a prequel to their upcoming new release this will doubtless serve its purpose, and there’s plenty here for fans of the glory days of true metal to get their teeth into. But it’s hard to see tracks like the Judas Priest-meets-Angel Witch rumble of Mind Destructor appealing to anything other than that very select bunch of metalheads. Worth a listen though if you like this sort of thing.