Mannhai - _The Sons Of..._
(Spinefarm, 2001)
by: Adrian Bromley (8 out of 10)
After Finland's Xysma disappeared from the face of the planet, something in my metal heart was gone. I missed their weird-ass rock style and cool vibe. I never thought I'd hear anything else by them again. When I found out that ex-Xysma singer Joanitor was singing on the debut disc by hard rock / stoner rock / groove rock act Mannhai, I ran into the streets screaming in excitement. Okay, I made that last part up, but oh was I excited to hear Joanitor's raspy growl lead the hard rock flow of Mannhai. Songs like "No Need to Follow", "Gazers of the Red-Hot Stones" and "Lowbrow" just reek of coolness. There are also some cool sedated numbers that just shout "Chill out! Stay for a while." At times I can hear a bit of Kyuss in Mannhai -- and that is always a good thing. In closing, all I have to say is this: if there are some Xysma fans out there you should look into Mannhai's music. They just might get your foot tapping and fists pumping like Xysma did. If I can't have Xysma, at least Mannhai is there to keep me company.

(article published 19/10/2001)

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