Manifest Destiny - _What You Fear_
(Crazy Life, 1997)
by: Adrian Bromley (7 out of 10)
This is good shit. Look in the vein of Pantera and Machine Head, augment the sound with Nevermore's vocalist, shake some Iron Maiden riffage into the mix, and you pretty much have the formula for Manifest Destiny and their music. Heart pounding numbers echo from the band's sophomore effort as the Oklahoman quintet pulls no punches when hitting us with well-planned numbers, hearty dosages of metal riffs, and memorable choruses. Having also attained a copy of the band's debut LP, _All Life All Minds_, with this LP, I was able to hear how much the band has improved their music over the course of a year. Quite a bit I would say as this second effort shows that the band isn't afraid to hold back and clobber us with tremendous blows. But the repetitiveness of the material harms the album. More variety in certain places, such as in the choruses and guitar riffs, might shine some light on the creative forces that are apparent here. Nonetheless, this is good material and, most importantly, it's heavy.

Contact: MANIFEST DESTINY c/o Makk Short

(article published 1/1/1998)


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