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Progressive Metal • Norway


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Manitou is a totally unknown progressive metal band formed in 1985 in Norway around the excellent vocalist Øyvind Hægeland (who would later sing in Spiral Architect or Arcturus). The band released a single album in 1995 named "Entrance", almost ten years after the band got together, but the expectation were great. The music is very technical, yet accessible for all progressive metal listeners. The music sounds like Fates Warning and Watchtower combined with brilliant vocal parts. Definetly a lost gem in this world of progressive metal, with catchy hooks and awesome musicianship. Soon after this release they broke up and went into oblivion. Recommended for those who enjoy Fates Warning, Spiral Architect, Watchtower and especially technical progressive metal.

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3.00 | 1 ratings
Desert Storms
1990
3.07 | 5 ratings
Entrance
1995

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 Entrance by MANITOU (NOR) album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.07 | 5 ratings

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Entrance
Manitou (NOR) Progressive Metal

Review by UMUR
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3 stars "Entrance" is the debut full-length studio album by Norwegian progressive metal act Manitou. The album was released through Mind The Gap Records in 1995. Manitou was formed under the Powerslaves monicker in 1985 and initially played Iron Maiden covers, but later changed their name to Manitou and started writing original material. Although they originally existed for over a decade, Manitou´s recording output can be counted on one hand and "Entrance" was their only official studio recording on a label before they disbanded. Lead vocalist Øyvind Hægeland would later participate on releases by artists like Spiral Architect, Lunaris, Scariot, and play live with Arcturus.

While Manitou´s traditional heavy metal past isn´t completely gone from the music on "Entrance", they take a more progressive turn on this album. The music isn´t overtly technical (although there are plenty of tempo- and time signature changes featured on the album), and we´re predominantly treated to a more subtle type of progressive playing. Not completely unlike listening to a heavy metal oriented Fates Warning (1988-1990). The musicianship is generally on a very high level, and especially Øyvind Hægeland´s strong voice and vocal performance impress. His delivery here is very convincing (great harmonies too). His voice is reminiscent of Ray Adler´s voice, which further enhances the Fates Warning comparison I made above.

The music is guitar/vocal driven progressive metal with only sparse and subtle use of keyboards, which places "Entrance" in a 1980s progressive metal tradition rather than a 1990s ditto. While the guitars and vocals take a lot of focus, the rhythm section are very strong playing too, and definitely worth a mention. The sound production is clear, detailed, and professional, but as a consequence of the instrumentation, which doesn´t feature many layers, there are times during the playing time, when the mix sounds a bit empty. It´s a minor issue though, and most of the time, the music sounds fine.

The 11 track, 71:49 minutes long album is a quality release through and through, although it´s slightly too long for it´s own good. But then again I can understand the motivation behind releasing as much material as possible, when you´ve waited 10 years to release your debut album. It´s not the most original sounding progressive metal album and considering it was released in 1995, it sounds slightly dated, but to fans of 1980s progressive metal this should be a real treat. a 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

 Entrance by MANITOU (NOR) album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.07 | 5 ratings

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Entrance
Manitou (NOR) Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars 3.5 stars for sure

Manitou is a totally unknown progressive metal band formed in 1985 in Norway around the excellent vocalist 'yvind H'geland (who would later will sing in Spiral Architect and Arcturus). The band released a single album in 1995 named "Entrance", and an ep in 1990 almost ten years after the band got together, but the expectation were great in prog metal field. The music is very technical, yet accessible for all progressive metal listeners. The music sounds like Fates Warning and Watchtower combined with brilliant vocal parts made by Haegeland. Definetly a lost gem in this world of progressive metal, with catchy hooks and awesome musicianship, some very inspired guitar passages. Soon after this release they broke up and went into oblivion. Recommended for those who enjoy Fates Warning, Spiral Architect, Watchtower and especially technical progressive metal.

Thanks to UMUR and b_olariu for the artist addition.

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