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Manic Movement - Dark Glitter
Manic Movement was started in 1993 and initially started out with a dark sound. They released two records, the first one being Thousand Sufferings, followed by Future Dreaming self in 2001. After the second album, things remained silent around the band for years. At least what where new material was concerned. 2009 was the year that the band decided to put out a new album, called Dark Glitter. For those unfamiliar with Manic Movement, this Belgian dark metal band released two albums with a way more heavy and darkened sound than the album we’re about to review.

For starters, the screams and grunts have been replaced by the more soothing female vocals of Virginia Fantoni. And with that, the entire sound of the band changes. The music is still dark and at times really melodic, but the female vocals take this a step more into the direction of mainstream, which is a pity.

If you stop moaning about the fact that Manic Movement transformed into an entirely different band and start focusing on the music, you’ll hear that this new direction actually works for them. The songs are deep, well-produced and have a dark, romantic atmosphere thanks to synthesizers and Virginia’s high quality vocals. The guitar solos actually fit in quite nicely with them, which is surprising at first because of the high ‘Lacuna Coil / Within Temptation’ factor.

Dark Glitter has some good moments for fans of dark, romantic metal. But for old school Manic Movement fans, this one might be hard to swallow.

Manic Movement - Dark Glitter
75/1001Details Shiver Records
Released on Sunday Feb 1st, 2009
Dark Metal

Writer @Bastian Blackrain on Monday Jun 1st, 2009

Tags: #Manic Movement
Tracklisting 01 - Face your Mirror
02 - Army of Agony
03 - Voices
04 - Vanity
05 - Sleeping Beauty
06 - Hollow Hearts
07 - This Sweet Indifference
08 - Mindstruck
09 - Russians
10 - Puzzled
11 - Maze of Shadows
Line up Virginia Fantoni - Vocals
Frederic Ost - Lead Guitar
Jérémie Vasile - Rhythm Guitar
Filip De Graeve - Keyboards, Bass
Olivier Wittenberg - Drums