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3.05 | 37 ratings

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4 stars A big step for progressive thrash metal, a giant leap for Anacrusis!

In my review on Anacrusis' second album "Reason" I concluded that the band surely did have a lot of potential but that the band hadn't yet found the "sound" they were striving for. "Manic Impressions" was the album next in line. Was this the improvement they were looking for?

1) Paint A Picture [8/10]
2) I Love The World [New Model Army cover] [7/10]
3) Something Real [7/10]
4) Dream Again [6/10]
5) Explained Away [6/10]
6) Still Black [7/10]
7) What You Became [6/10]
8) Our Reunion [7/10] 9) Idle Hours [8/10] 10) Far Too Long [7/10]

Well, on their third album Anacrusis surpassed themselfes. Lise (Hibou) did write the biography on Anacrusis' PA band page. There she states that "Nearly every song on "Manic Impressions" has at least one memorable vocal melody to go along with a killer riff.". Well, I couldn't agree more. This album is indeed loaded with killer riffs. One of the biggest improvements on this album is however the production. While their preceeding album did have a very poor ("suffocating"?) production (that almost "killed" the already present musicianship), the production on "Manic Impressions" is much more open and clear. Finally I have to make Kenn Nardi a big compliment for his vocals. He sure did make a lot of progression compared to his vocals on "Reason", which weren't up to par because of his limited vocal range (I think Kenn Nardi is the first one to agree on that as can be read on the band's official web pages).
The highlight for me is the song "Idle Hours". It starts of as a quiet song with a clean guitar piece but than quickly turns into a break and riff heaven. I recommand this album to each adventurous prog (metal) fan and consider it an excellent addition to any prog music collection.

Album rating: 65% = 4 stars

Draconean | 4/5 |


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