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   MANIGANCE
D'Un Autre Sang
2004
NTS/Wagram
http://www.manigance.net/


rating: 4/5

1. Mirage
02. Empire Viruel
03. Mourir En Heros
04. Heritier
05. Hors La Loi
06. Maudits
07. Memoire
08. Damocles
09. La Mort Dans L'Ame
10. D'un Autre Sang
11. Enfin Delivre
Here we have one of the top French metal bands. Manigance already recorded three albums and had success with these not only in France and Japan. The rest of Europe gave them some attention as well. And for a reason, as they prove now with "D'Un Autre Sang" (Blood of the other).

Manigance will reach certainly the level of Edguy, Angra and their style is comparable to bands like Stratovarius and Symphony X. The musical style is somewhere in between heavy metal, progressive elements, as well as bombastic influences.
Manigance recorded "D'Un Autre Sang" in their own studio and the sound seems brilliant to me.
All the songs are very catchy with fantastic guitar riffs, thundering double pedal drums, amazing guitar solos, excellent keyboard parts and changing singing lines. Additional to that, we've got the powerful voice of Didier Delsaux (unless he tries to get too high). All lyrics are in French, which makes it actually hard for me to get access to the soul of the music, since lyrics are a really important fragment of the complete piece for me. But it should be about the every day's life (which definitely gives a whole pool of issues to write about). Though it doesn't fit to the interesting cover art which reminds me of a Sci-Fi adventure movie. Anyway...it will remain a mystery for you to reveal...

In my opinion Manigance has its own magic and we'll hear from them again.

submitted by Nadja 15.02.2004

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