The Mansters Self Titled Album Review.

After 3 years The Mansters return with a full length self titled album, the Norwegian hardcore punks from Tønsberg are delivering a 10 track sledge hammer of hardcore to follow their previous EPs. The Band formed in 2006 have been away for the last 3 years, but now they are back with a new 5 piece line up  consisting of Guitar Filip, Drums Ole, Bass-Simon, Guitar Andreas & Vocal JanH. To say this album is a long player is an over exaggerating to say the least, as it lasts all of 9 mins 31 sec start to finish and the longest track bursting out the blocks at 1 min 34 secs. But don’t be put off by the length its quality that counts right, The Mansters pack a lot into those 9 and a half mins giving you both barrels.  The 50 sec into Survival Mode sets the scene for what’s to come dun dun dun, then as if you just lassoed a jumbo jet taking off your whisked away on a relentless beat of raucous guitar trying to keep up with the venomous vocal that’s spitting metal out your speaker. This is not for the faint hearted there is one deep breath to execute the next track The Battle of TBG, squealing guitars keep up with the incessant speed of the lyrics before symbols come crashing to a halt. If you can imagine an intruder getting into your head with a baseball bat and running out again before you realize what’s went on, then the next few tracks will do just that . A relentless assault on the ears is briefly halted by a conversation at the start of Targets, describing situations when your imagination plays tricks on you before breakneck speed prevails and you’re again gripping on for this journey. The voice over mid way through One Mistake is reminiscent of the 50s B movies, this works well with the drum solo in the background thumping continuously before the vocals kick back in to the end.  The last track on the album is a slightly slower pace and I do mean slightly, where it dips away in the middle of the track building up to another crescendo finish. The Mansters have not over indulged in extravagant solos , instrumentals or intricate chord structure, their album batters your head in less than 10 mins then runs out the door with you asking yourself what just happened there.

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