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MANFAUNA

Miasma and the Carousel of Headless Horses

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.61 | 11 ratings

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memowakeman
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3 stars Review originally posted at www.therocktologist.com

This is an EP released in 2007 from this cool avant-garde band from England which so far have only one studio album, which I have to say, I've not listened yet. Anyway, they are an instrumental quintet whose music belongs to the dark, RIO side of progressive rock with some Zeuhl touches.

"Manfauna" is the name of this EP that features only three songs, and make together a total time of 21 minutes.

It opens with "Manticore" which happens to be the longest composition reaching almost ten minutes. The names of Thinking Plague or Guapo came to my mind immediately due to the dark nuances, the wonderful use of violin and that delicate and essential piano sound. I love how this song is progressing, how it offers different passages that create a dark atmosphere, an ambient of tension and nervousness. The bass produces powerful lines while drums are always in a heavy manner. The reminiscence of King Crimson is also undeniable, most evident with the violin that reminds me of the Larks Tongues? era. What a great opener track!

"Taus" starts softly with a dark organ, later new elements are being added little by little, the atmosphere is dark and sinister, a bass sounds and puts a dramatic touch, while drums and synth produce more nuances and textures. These five minutes could perfectly work for a terror film scene. And the EP finishes with "Garp Gadriel" which starts with a piano that later is joined by a wonderful violin. I love how they manage to create a beautiful but tense sound at the same time. Here the music has a more classical tendency at least in the first two minutes; later it changes, becomes powerful with the introduction of bass and drums, and now the sound is closer to zeuhl and progressive rock. This is an amazing track!

I am happy with this EP, and now I am eager to listen to their full-length album, which I believe is as good (or better) as this.

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 3/5 |

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