Manifest – Contents of Conviction Review.
Manifest – Contents of Conviction Review
Manifest is a great up and coming metal band straight out of the depths of Lowell, Massachusetts. That’s right Lowell, MA and this particular group is on a mission to take over the metal scene. Manifest has been around since 2001 and have been on stage with the likes of some of my favorite bands such as All That Remains, As I Lay Dying, Hell Within and Otep just to name a few. To get on stage with Otep, you must be Metal, Metal. Here is a rundown on their latest album to give you an insider on this great band in the making Manifest.
Opening track is Contents of Confinement, I personally loved the riffs by Sean Rohrer & Kris Keene on this tune in particular and Anthony Funaro brings the pain on the drums. Ronnie Carignan reveals his range on vocals going from brutal growls to opening up his voice on the breakdown. I had unfortunately never heard this EP before but after listening to this opening track I was pulled right in. “Over time You will see Pain is lesson scarring memory!” isn’t that the truth.
7eight1 is the next track and this tune is very different from the first. The vocals are cleaner in the beginning but eventually come back full circle with their brutal sound picking right back up. Anthony makes the drums sound like a machine gun right through your chest. I especially like the part when Ronnie says “you try to control every step of my life that’s why I’m still here to shine!”
Someday Do Us Part “Purging the Past designing me now” this is one of my favorite tracks on this album. As always the guitar and drums bring it every time and the lyrics really hit close to home. Definitely a head banger track on this one from start to finish. The part when Ronnie says “Run forever…Run Forever” is straight up killer, the breakdown is tremendous!!
In Debt We Burn is the next track and this track hands down is my favorite on the album. Funaro, Keene & Rohrer give you the full power of what these guys can do together right from the opening. Then you add Carignan opening up the vocal side with his screaming of Burn!!!Earn!!! Really is an eye opener (or should it be ear). If you never hear this album, or plan to do so I suggest minimum that you listen to this track and you may get dragged right in.
My Elocution to This Fragile Life opens up totally different than the others. Carignan actually has some Brandon Boyd (Incubus) resemblance on this one. The riffs on this track are very tricky and Rohrer & Keene pull it off with great ease. As always Funero brings that double bass machine gun sound on the drums. This track showcases that this band has the ability and talent to have fun with their music, while making it great.
Deleterious follows; shall I give into myself…Deleterious! Another one of my favorite tracks on this album, with very dark lyrics the guitars and drums complimenting the vocals. The growls are very disturbing with lyrics to match and that is a key ingredient when creating Metal. Nothing wrong here.
Vindicate is the final track on this album and I just wanted to first say when I read the title to this track I actually had a déjà vu moment. When I pressed play and Carignan screams Vindicate in the intro it sounded the same way I figured it would. The guitar and Funero make you want to bang your head from beginning to end. The growls and screams and instrument play are so on key I might just consider this as my best track on this album.