This release is 18 minutes of pure depression and hatred in equal measure.
Unusually the band juxtapose Funeral/Depressive Black Metal against furious Blackened Grindcore. It works due to a skilful weaving together of the two usually disparate genres.
The slow misery of the haunting opening track gives way to the savage, focused Grind of the second. The third and fourth combine aspects of both styles in a way that’s a welcome breath of stinking air; savage Blackened Grind colliding with dirge-like riffs and miserably anger. The fifth is a haunting interlude of samples and dark atmosphere, while the final, (and longest), track is blistering and solemn; blastbeats rage over sorrowful chords.
And what of the vocals? Black Metal to the core. Like static being vomited up by a diseased corpse. Perfect.
Dead in the Manger are hopefully not transient, hopefully they will be with us for some time yet.