Manbryne – Heilsweg: O udręce ciała i tułaczce duszy Review

Every now and then we have a band to review in a language other than English. It’s interesting to notice that most of them are Extreme Metal. No wonder as there are lots of Black Metal bands that are nationalist and embrace the use of their idioms. I’m pretty okay and comfortable with that. My problem is when those bands go farther on this nationalist vibe, if you know what I mean. Many people still believe in this BS, that’s one of the reasons I never write the nationality of the subject band. I don’t know. There are all kinds of crazy people around and some may not read the review if the band is from a third world country or wherever. Unfortunately this is a possible scenario and it happens I know that. That said the band here today Manbryne have this album “Heilsweg: O udręce ciała i tułaczce duszy” lyrics in Polish. Fun fact is that sometimes I can’t understand the lyrics even in English so, in fact, the idiom doesn’t matter at all. Other thing, bands learned how to adapt their idioms to Metal music and I’ve never heard any here that sounded really different or awkward. Sign of the times. By the way, “Heilsweg: O udręce ciała i tułaczce duszy” means “Heilsweg: On the anguish of the body and the wandering of the soul.”

I got interested in this album at first sight – or listening if you wish. It shows lots of variations in tempo, cadence, and melodies. A spoonful for me and for the fans that enjoy this. First track “Pustka którą znam” has a very interesting dialogue between the guitar and the drums where they play in different tempos. I mean, the drums are faster doubling the guitar tempos – hum, I said doubling, but I’m really not sure if doubling is accurate. Anyway, this dialogue gets pretty interesting. Manbryne show the rare ablity of being able of dealing pretty well with different tempos and cadences in their music. It’s notable the way they do it. Each track varies a lot and they constantly change or vary tempos inside the song. As I always say, if you like musical experiments Extreme Metal is your place. Bands are always trying to add new features to their music in order to stand out from the crowd – and this crowd is getting bigger and bigger. All tracks here are long except for the last one “Na trupa trup” that suddenly and inexplicably ends…

“Heilsweg: O udręce ciała i tułaczce duszy” is a very good album and brings some fresh textures. Don’t bother about the language. Lyrics in Extreme Metal aren’t meant to be understood anyway… hahahahahahaha

Manbryne “Heilsweg: O udręce ciała i tułaczce duszy” was released on April 09th via Terratur Possessions (LP) / Malignant Voices (CD).

Track Listing:

  1. Pustka, którą znam (The Emptiness I Know)
  2. W pogoni za wiarą (In Pursuit of Faith)
  3. Ostatni splot (The Last Knot)
  4. Majestat upadku (Majesty of the Fall)
  5. Na trupa trup (Corpse Upon Corpse)

Watch “W pogoni za wiarą” official track premiere here: