Manifold Object - _Mirrorlike_
by: Pedro Azevedo (3 out of 5)
"Melancholic", "atmospheric" and "progressive". Those seem to be the band's three favourite adjectives when describing their music, and I can't deny they fit the music on _Mirrorlike_. Finland's Manifold Object can go from lightweight progressive metal to trippy atmospheres and back pretty quickly, and certainly create a style all their own. Jazz influences are also apparent, and Manifold Object include an alto sax in their music every once in a while. There is no question of the band's technical skill, but their sprawling eight minute compositions tend to wander around aimlessly a bit too much for the music's own good. Some more contrast in terms of the approach would have been welcome, as the sound is very thin and atmospheric throughout. The only exception is a harsher passage near the end of the demo where some death-like vocals are employed, but it would have required a stronger sound to really work. Still, there's no denying atmospheric, progressive metal was the band's goal to begin with. The vocals aren't bad, and don't become too obtrusive by trying to outshine the musical backdrop, but ultimately they add little value to the result. Overall, Manifold Object are obviously skilled, but their music still demands honing before it can really capture the listener.


(article published 28/4/2003)

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