Anacrusis
Manic Impressions


4.5
superb

Review

by Drew Tyler USER (69 Reviews)
May 20th, 2012 | 12 replies


Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An extremely good release, from a talented but often overlooked band.

Released just before grunge exploded into existence, this is one of many thrash albums of the early 90's that are often overlooked and never given a fair shake. For those of you who have grown tired of basic thrash, then you have just may have found the one album to restore your faith in the genre. The music contained within this album is of a different breed of thrash metal. This band is often regarded as one of the first progressive thrash bands, due to their catchy choruses and unconventional song structures. The band even incorporated keyboards into their later work.

Hailing from St. Louis Missouri, the band formed in 1986, and this particular album was released in 1991. The music found on "Manic Impressions" varies from track to track. The music exhibits many different moods throughout the album. Many of the tracks are very heavy and menacing such as "Paint a Picture" and "Still Black", and some tracks such as "Something Real" and "Explained Away" come off as very dark and melancholy, but the band also has lots of energy and fun on tracks like the incredibly cool "Our Reunion" and the epic cover, "I love the World". The overall feeling of this album is very aggressive and melodic. Many songs also have courses that will undoubtedly get stuck in your head. The courses do a great job of complimenting each song and making it unique and memorable.

The vocalist, Kenn Nardi, has great range with his voice. He can go from low and scathing, to high pitched screams within seconds. He also has a very nice singing voice as is evident in "I Love the World" and many other tracks, and therefore is probably one of the most well-rounded vocalists from back in the day. Kenn also shares guitar duties with Kevin Heidbreder and is the key songwriter for the group.

The guitars for this album show a lot of focus and direction. Each riff and guitar solo sounds unique and is skillfully executed. Many of the guitar parts are very complicated and extensively hard to play, so the band exhibits a bit of a technical side in this particular department.

On bass we have John Emery. The bass is very audible and present thanks to the production of the album. It has a very groovy feel to it and does nothing but compliment the already stellar music. The bass can be heard throughout the album, and stands out in "Paint a Picture", "Idle Hours" and "Far Too Long".

The Drums are the real gem here. The band enlisted the help of a man named Chad Smith, (not RHCP) and Chad shows his talents more than anyone else. Kenn Nardi wrote some very hard and intricate drum patterns for Chad and he plays them like an expert. Very fast and complex drumming, who can argue with that? Chad does a perfect job of keeping everything together and tight.

Sadly, Manic Impressions was way before its time, and perhaps that's why this band never got the attention they deserved. This album is underrated, and under appreciated. But only you can determine that for yourself. The band has their entire discography up for grabs free of charge at their website. Do yourself a favor and listen to this band if you haven't already. This album is perfect for fans of progressive metal, and thrash.

RECOMMENDED TRACKS
- Something Real
- Dream Again
- Our Reunion
- I Love the World


Kenn Nardi - vocals, guitars
Kevin Heidbreder - guitars
John Emery - bass
Chad Smith - drums

Produced by Kenn Nardi

Recorded: January-February 1991
Released: 1991
Metal Blade Records



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Willie
Moderator
May 20th 2012


16054 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Their four original albums are all free here:

http://anacrusis.us/media%20files/MP3/Albums/Albums.html

Good review, although I'm not sure if I'm a fan of the individual instrument breakdown format, but you got your point across.

Dimor
May 20th 2012


1793 Comments


Awesome! Didn't know you could get their albums for free. This is the only one Ive heard by them, and it was great so ill be checking their others out.

TheNotrap
May 20th 2012


8109 Comments


I Love The World I Love The World I Love The World I Love The World

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
May 20th 2012


21105 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Such an awesome album.

KILL
May 20th 2012


71981 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

best album ever made

Digging: Exodus - Blood In, Blood Out

ThrashTillDeath94
May 20th 2012


600 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

System, yeah its legal. That's the bands official site, and they chose to share everything free of
charge.

Digging: Ne Obliviscaris - Citadel

ThrashTillDeath94
May 20th 2012


600 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"Good review, although I'm not sure if I'm a fan of the individual instrument breakdown format, but you got your point across."

Yeah i'm not sure if i am either. I'm still trying to find the right format for my reviews. Definitely don't like track-by-track, that much is certain.

ThrashTillDeath94
May 20th 2012


600 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I recommend you start with this album first

KILL
May 20th 2012


71981 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

what you became is the best song ever

Willie
Moderator
May 21st 2012


16054 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'm partial to Paint a Picture and Still Black.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
May 21st 2012


21105 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The last minute of What You Became thrashes seriously hard.

facupm
December 31st 2013


8152 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

explained away is the best song ever made seriously

Digging: Dissect - Swallow Swouming Mass



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