Following their latest and highly acclaimed record, Purgatorio, Gothenburg metal powerhouse MANIMAL is gearing up for the release of their upcoming, new album, entitled Armageddon, which will be out on October 8, 2021 via AFM Records.
The band‘s loyalty to traditional heavy metal influences is evident, though Purgatorio was a prime example of modern and trend-setting power metal characterised 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.
MANIMAL‘s evolution between 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 the first, previously- released singles “Forged In Metal”, “The Inevitable End” as well as the epic album title track, today MANIMAL have premiered another song taken from Armageddon! Says guitarist Henrik Stenroos about their new single: “This is what the heavy metal genre all boils down to. Skulls, Fire and high pitch vocals. It’s possibly the mightiest song in our 20 years long career.”
Watch the brand new video for the blistering album opener “Burn In Hell” right here:
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 colourful 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.” Stenroos adds. “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.”
- Burn In Hell
- Slaves Of Babylon
- Forged In Metal
- Chains Of Fury
- Evil Soul
- Path To The Unknown
- Master Of Pain
- The Inevitable End
Armageddon was produced by the band and was mixed by MANIMAL bassist Kenny Boufadene at his Studio Meltdown in Sweden. Out on LP, CD and as Digital formats on October 8, 2021 through AFM Records, the album pre-sale is available at THIS LOCATION!
Updated on September 21st – due to the worldwide pressing situation, the upcoming Vinyl release of MANIMAL through AFM Records got moved for a release on December 3, 2021