December 3rd, 2021 will see Gothenburg metal powerhouse Manimal release their forthcoming studio album Armageddon via AFM Records. The band have shared a blistering lyric video for their new single “Chains Of Fury”, which perfectly emphazises the band’s trademark sound of pure steel!
Manimal ‘s loyalty to traditional heavy metal influences is evident though their latest and much acclaimed 2018 album Purgatorio. This was a prime example of modern and trend-setting power metal characterized by musical enthusiasm, exceptional talent and new ideas. As expected of a band that claims Judas Priest, King Diamond and Queensrÿche as major influences on their sound since Day 1, Manimal ’s upcoming album is a high energy, in-your-face salute to the music that inspired them over the past 20 years.
The band’s evolution between the upcoming Armageddon and their first album, “The Darkest Room” – released in 2009 – is unquestionable. Their songwriting has become tighter, stronger and bolder and they have improved by leaps and bounds as musicians. Armageddon showcases their wide range of a heavy as hell sound, and one that will most likely win over the true hearts of both the oldschool and every modern metal fan!
After previously- released singles “Forged In Metal”, “The Inevitable End”, the epic album title track and thunderous album opener “Burn In Hell”, today Manimal have unleashed “Chains Of Fury”, another killer track taken from Armageddon!
Vocalist Samuel Nyman comments:
“I think this one stands out a bit from the rest of the songs on the album. It has this grinding, almost hypnotizing groove and it’s probably one of the heaviest tracks we’ve ever released. And the message it brings is clear – break loose from your chains of fury!. Once again we’ve been working with the much talented Andy Pilkington of Very Metal Art to visualize the song and I think he has really managed to capture the very core of the song this time as well.”
The songwriting for Armageddon was once again headed up by Stenroos, considered by his bandmates to be the musical mastermind behind Manimal . And therein lies one of the secrets to their more-than-power-metal sound, as he is inspired by a various and colorful musical palette.
Calling Manimal “just” a power metal band, however, is way off the mark according to vocalist Samuel Nyman:
“We are more than power metal. It was our label that put Manimal into the power metal category with our first album, and we understand that completely because they had to put us in a genre to guide people. Power metal for me are bands like Helloween, Gamma Ray and Stratovarius; they have more up-tempo songs, more vocal harmonies. Sure, Manimal does have power metal elements but we’re not pure power metal. There is more to us than that and I think the new album is perfect example of that.”
”I’m really proud we’ve managed to create yet another great album together. And it’s been a team effort. All four of us have put so much soul and effort into everything from song writing to recording, with the result of a really heavy and all through awesome sounding album without any fillers what so ever. The fans of our previous works will not be disappointed.”
Armageddon was produced by the band and was mixed by Manimal bassist Kenny Boufadene at his Studio Meltdown in Sweden. Now with a postponed release date of December 3rd, 2021 via AFM Records, the album will be coming out as LP, CD and Digital formats.