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Manic Sinners: King Of The Badlands
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Manic Sinners: King Of The Badlands

Heavy Metal Rock
4.0/5.0

Manic Sinners is a new band from Romania, yet formed by members well-known in their home country. Drummer Adrian Igrisan is the singer and guitarist of Cargo, a prominent Romania band. He has also been knighted by Romania. Sir Andrian to us peons. Vocalist Ovidiu Anton has his own band Anton, and was also a winner of 2016's Eurovision Song Contest National Selection. Their guitarist, Toni Dijmarescu, is from Germany where he is an accomplished live and studio musician. King Of The Badlands is their debut album for Frontiers Music and mixed by Alessandro Del Vecchio.

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Essentially, Manic Sinners are a hard-hitting heavy metal rock band with, perhaps, some (few) moments of subtlety. That is to say, as a power trio, their musical elements include tough sharp guitar riffs, a heavy and thick rhythm section, roaring guitar solos, and forceful vocals. I wouldn't call Anton a harsh or hardcore singer, but he is assertive and bit raw, yet without being screamo and holding fast to song melody. That latter element is also self-evident. Thought the songs are bold, they are wrapped up in song melody with both guitar and vocal harmony. A prime example of this is found within Carousel, Ball And Chain, and A Million Miles, which has a near AOR vibe working thanks to the choral vocal arrangement.

Otherwise, tough, roaring rockers arrive with Down In Flames, Drifters Union, Under The Gun, and King Of The Badlands. Yet, another thing you should listen for is Igrisan's use of keyboards in many songs. Often they begin with some prominence like within the instrumental Out For Blood, only to be dropped to the background rather quickly. Alternatively, within Ball And Chair, the synths are self-evident throughout. Another shorter instrumental arrives with Crimson Queen which is essentially a platform for Digmarescu's spry guitar skills. All in all, if you like heavy metal rock wrapped neatly in guitar harmony, song melody, and assertive vocal arrangements, you will enjoy Manic Sinner's debut, King Of The Badlands. Recommended.




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The Take Away

All in all, if you like heavy metal rock wrapped neatly in guitar harmony, song melody, and assertive vocal arrangements, you will enjoy Manic Sinner's debut, King Of The Badlands. Recommended.

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