Sleep in Your Grave Enhanced
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Manntis is yet another band playing catchy, American metalcore a la Lamb of God, God Forbid, and Shadows Fall. However, Sleep in Your Grave is infinitely more entertaining and far heavier than the newer releases from those bands.
Most of the songs are concise and stay under three minutes, giving them enough time to get in, kill it, and get out without meandering around too much. The arrangements are somewhat simplistic, but they are very solid nonetheless, including some nice leads and solos. Sometimes they do a bit of that Swedish melodic crap, but it's kept to a minimum.
The vocals are pretty nice as well as they are the typical throaty screams, but much like Lamb of God, you can actually understand what the man is saying. They drop some clean vocals once or twice, but they aren't overly ambitious and annoying like most.
"Axe of Redemption" is a great opening track as it sets the album up with a high level of energy and is a good introduction to the Manntis sound. Vocalist, Jake Daniels goes for a higher pitch scream on the end of "Reflections of You" that sounds excellent. The album would actually have a bit more depth if he integrated the higher screams more often. "A New Breed of Life" features some of those clean sung vocals mentioned above, which definitely could be done without.
For the most part, Manntis is just another metalcore band, but they have a real knack for writing catchy songs. Despite the lack of originality, Sleep in Your Grave is a surprisingly entertaining listen.
Manntis' popularity began to spread when they were selected to compete on MTV's "Battle Of The Bands." Though they did not win the contest, Manntis are definitely now more successful than the two bands they lost two (the relatively unknown Curse Your Name and the now defunct A Dozen Furies).
Their debut, "Sleep In Your Grave," was released in 2005. It kind of sounds like an amalgamation of every other metalcore record out there today, so it doesn't exactly break new ground. But at least it's a rip off of the genre as a whole, not just one band. (Manntis aren't as big of a copycat as, say, Caliban.)
And, regardless of the almost complete lack of innovation, there is plenty to enjoy here. The music is definitely influenced more by hardcore than metal: the rhythm section is rock hard and saturated with chunky, caustic, almost earth shaking riffs and several (but not too many) catchy breakdowns. Next, the vocals (which alternate between abrasive yells and visceral bellows) split the difference between Shadows Fall, Unearth and Remembering Never, and the production helps greatly contribute to the disc's constant rough edged sound. Lastly, this album also has just the right amount of melody--not too little that you can't notice it, but not too much that it waters down the sound, either.
Plus, "Sleep In Your Grave" includes a few unexpected ingredients which you won't find on the average metalcore C.D.Read more ›
It's true that if you've heard any metalcore album by now, then you will undoubtably know what this record has to offer: Powerful vocals, dynamic dual guitars, heavy breakdowns, and a rhythm section that could make anyone's heart collapse. Adair Colby (the group's representative for the show) and his counterpart guitarist churn out the standard Gothenburg influenced riffs, while occasionally adding a touch of hardcore passion. Particularly strong guitar stylings are found on the opener "Axe Of Redemption" (arguably the album's best track) and "Reflections Of You". While the guitar work may not be anything new, it's done quite well, and the intertwining relationship between the two is on par with any of the big metalcore acts of today such as Unearth or God Forbid. The vocals stay mostly in the screaming department, occasionally slipping into the melodic croon that is to far overdone now adays. Lyrically the band doesn't do anything terribly different from the rest of the scene, but hey if it's working for a lot of other bands, then why not Manntis as well?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you like hardcore metal you will really enjoy this album! Regardless of how similar a lot of metal might sound, a good song is a good song and "sleep in your grave" Has spent... Read morePublished on July 21, 2012 by finalfan
The guitarwork is fantastic, but I have two chief complaints: A good cd needs something to slow down the tempo every couple of songs. There's nothing that breaks the monotony. Read morePublished on November 18, 2006 by avgvstvs
As some of you might know, Manntis was one of the bands that was represented in MTV's Road to Ozzfest, a reality show showcasing some of the best little known bands at the time in... Read morePublished on May 30, 2006 by E. Batica
I just got this cd and it is one of the best heavy metal albums ever! I can really see in their music how it relates to Pantera, killswitch engage, black sabbath, and many other... Read morePublished on December 27, 2005
I really feel sorry for anyone who bought this album. This music is very boring and predictable, more of the same metalcore. Metalcore is the worst! Read morePublished on November 15, 2005 by Graham O
I thought that this was a good cd, all the songs sound very good and its short, so you wont be waiting for any song to end. Read morePublished on October 10, 2005 by randy_whacksitdaily
Nothing special here, fellas. Manntis come out with a really short album, with a couple of nice riffs here and there, but most than anything, a good example of how metalcore has... Read morePublished on August 25, 2005 by Esteban
well adair is one heck of a guitar played and i dont doubt that it shows on the new debut from century media with label mates shadows fall, but they deliver with sleep in your... Read morePublished on July 31, 2005 by K. jones
Some who probably don't know, these guys were chosen to be a part of Battle For Ozzfest last summer, and guitarist Adair Cobley was chosen to be part of the crew as a... Read morePublished on July 18, 2005 by Michael