|Symphonic Heavy Metal
September 6th, 2013
Release length: 18:02
Manach Seherath does carry more of a raw audio quality, and in many ways it hurts the band before they really get the chance to begin to try to impress musically. Certain cymbals carry a bit of washout, though the rest of the kit sound immaculate, and the guitars have a faint buzz at a lower volume level for the most part. The vocals, however, are a mess due to the effect on them that amplifies an off-key performance from studio or mastering interference. The keyboards and sound effects are really the only things that can often hold up well on their own.
The demo starts off with a knock to a heavy wood door that creaks open to kick things off for “Arti Manthano.” The mid-tempo performance is catchy, handled in a similar fashion as “Wings of Despair” by Kamelot, but with far less emotion. The louder volume sadly highlights the slight echo and rather poor layering that ends up conflicting upon itself, making the noble attempt rough to sit through outside the slower melodic chorus. Had the music been louder and not as dulled, it would have masked part of this issue. “Timeless” finds the speed increasing, which does beef up the bass guitar. It adds a hint of complexity to the bridges, and makes the verses sound much deeper and infectious. This winds up taking away from the guitars until the solo at the end where they assert their importance once more, and kind of put the lighter keyboards to shame, making them sound out of place.
“All in All,” however, shows music and studio harmony. The vocals are a bit deeper all around with a nice amount of range, and the keyboards aren’t always the thinner sound that appears on the previous two cuts. Instead they often sound much more grand, giving them a little more volume as well to compete against the louder guitars and deeper bass presence. The performance as a whole just sounds thicker, only showing weakness in the background to the overly complex solo about four minutes in. This is the first time on the demo that the group seems sure of themselves and diverts the attention straight to them and not the faults of the audio quality.
Manach Seherath definitely has it’s share of gleaming problems you’ll have a hard time overlooking. In fact these issues are enough to make you just not want to sit through it again. But “All in All” manages to save the recording and make you think twice about “Arti Manthano” and “Timeless.” For Manach Seherath‘s first demo, it isn’t all that bad and does confirm to the listener that the group has an idea on the direction they want to go at the very least. Is this a must hear recording? Not really, but it does get the point across of what to expect from the band in the future, effectively setting the stage for what hopefully will be a richer, more vibrant production next time around.
01. Arti Manthano – 6:06
02. Timeless – 5:30
03. All in All – 6:28
|Initial Pressing Score: 5.5/10