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THE BREATHING HOUSE

Manuscripts Don't Burn

Experimental/Post Metal


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UMUR
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3 stars The Breathing House is the debut release by Italian avant garde/ post metal act Manuscripts Donīt Burn. The Breathing House is a 6 track EP. The EP was released in October 2010 by Amaranth Recordings/ Aural Music. Manuscripts Donīt Burn is a one-man project by Ephel Duath mastermind Davide Tiso. Davide Tiso handles everything from playing to recording to mixing and producing on the release.

The music on the EP is a kind of instrumental post rock/ metal with avant garde elements. Lots of open dissonant chords and an adventurous/ unconventional approach to structure. Iīll mention Ved Buens Ende, Virus, Kailash and other bands of their ilk as references. The Breathing House is completely instrumental though. Guitar, bass, drums and thatīs it. Knowing the often weird avant garde nature of some of Ephel Duathīs output itīs a bit surprising that The Breathing House is a more "subtle" affaire. Subtle in this sense of the word is not meant as mellow though. The music on The Breathing House is intense and at times harsh, but there are actually very few avant garde elements on the EP. A song like the closing The Iron Dog Protecting The Sea is probably the closest youīll get to avant garde metal on this release. The rest of the EP is more in a bleak post rock/ metal style yet still adventurous.

The production is well sounding. Thereīs an authentic feel to the music and sometimes itīs like being in the same room as Davide Tiso.

The Breathing House is an interesting side-project by Davide Tiso. Iīm not completely blown away, but yet again the man shows that everything he touches has relevance. His adventurous approach to creating music is admirable. A 3.5 star rating is warranted.

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J-Man
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2 stars The Breathing House is one of those releases that's really hard for me to assess. Though the quality is high, the musicianship is amazing, and the songwriting clearly took tons of effort, the music simply leaves me cold. Not because it's bad; quite the contrary, actually. It just fails to speak to me in any way. Maybe it's the bleak, dreary post rock/metal instrumentation used throughout the entire EP, or maybe it's the dull production. No matter the cause for my dissatisfaction, Manuscripts Don't Burn's debut EP is pretty monotonous for me. It's really a shame that my own personal preferences don't allow me to enjoy The Breathing House, because there surely is great music to be found here. Unfortunately, the lack of instrumental and compositional variation, as well as a somewhat dull production leaves me with a lukewarm experience.

Manuscripts Don't Burn is a one-man project from Davide Tiso of Ephel Duath. The Breathing House is much calmer than Ephel Duath's music, even though there are still a lot of avant garde and experimental tendencies on the album. The music here is completely instrumental, played in a post metal style. It's not my favorite thing to listen to, but Davide Tiso does a solid job. My biggest issue throughout this entire EP is the lack of variation. Though there are variations of riffs and tempo, almost the entire course of the EP consists of 3 instruments (guitar, bass, and drums) played in a heavy, avant-garde style. I may be somewhat biased due to my general lack of interest in post metal, but I think fans of the genre may have this complaint as well. Again, it's really a shame because there is some great music on The Breathing House. The final track, "The Iron Dog Protecting the Sea" is especially noteworthy. Despite my general lack of affection for the music, Davide Tiso's talents as a musician are far from ignorable. His guitar skills usually take the cake, but there are also quite a few terrific drum parts as well.

The production is a bit of a problem. Though some people may enjoy the raw, unpolished nature of this EP, it doesn't appeal to me. It's monotonous in my opinion, and actually is part of the reason why I feel there's a lack of variation on The Breathing House. It's all an acquired taste, though.

The Breathing House is an adequate debut EP by Manuscripts Don't Burn, but judging by Davide's other works, I can't help but feel slightly disappointed. This isn't an easy EP to listen to, and I guess that was his intent here. Though the quality, especially the musicianship, is generally great, it fails to really capture me as a listener. If you like Davide Tiso's other works, this is worth a shot, but I recommend approaching The Breathing House with caution. The rather weak production, lack of variation, and somewhat lackluster personality means I can't give this EP more than 2.5 stars. Although it's clear that Davide put his heart and soul into this record, it really leaves me cold. Hopefully I'll be able to enjoy future releases from Manuscripts Don't Burn. Davide Tiso clearly has the chops to make a great album under this pseudonym.

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