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Léon van Gulik
5 stars Manic Impressions is a thoroughly original progressive thrash metal album. Although the thrash genre was in dire straits in the early 90s, only half of the problems were caused by a changing musical landscape, rather than merely a lack of ideas. Bands like HEATHEN, OVERKILL DARK ANGEL and SEPULTURA were churning out their best and most progressive releases at that point of time, as was the vastly underrated ANACRUSIS.

Although the album, as much as its successor SCREAMS AND WHISPERS somewhat smacks of the fatalistic negativity that was dominant in the 90s (remember the grunge phenomenon), and musically originates from thrash metal, it's closest relatives can be found among the progressive death metal like ATHEIST, DEATH, and perhaps even more strikingly the German DARK MILLENNIUM. Also the hard-to-pinpoint VOIVOD and CORONER may be seen as frames of reference.

Still, comparisons belie the fact that ANACRUSIS really struck new ground. Manic Impressions is a combination that is as unlikely as it is successful of melodicity and harsness. Cold, crisp riffing is juxtaposed to the sometimes aching, depressive, mournful, angry or contemplativ vocal melodies of Kenn Nardi, who steals the show here.

The mix is as cold as ice, and I am not certain whether this takes away of the emotional content of the material. or adds to the feeling of alienation that pervades it. You decide! By all means, this album is a killer, and sadly was misunderstood by a lot of people who unsuccessfully tried to pigeon-hole this band.

Léon van Gulik | 5/5 |


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