MANIMAL Release Their New Single ‘Chains Of Fury’, New Album “Armageddon” will be Released December 3rd

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December 3, 2021 will see Gothenburg metal powerhouse MANIMAL release their forthcoming studio album “Armageddon” via AFM Records. After previously- released singles “Forged In Metal”, “The Inevitable End”, the epic album title track and thunderous album opener “Burn In Hell”, today MANIMAL have unleashed ‘Chains Of Fury‘,another killer track, which perfectly emphasizes the band’s trademark sound of pure steel. Watch the lyric video below.

“I think this one stands out a bit from the rest of the songs on the album.” vocalist Samuel Nyman comments. “It has this grinding, almost hypnotizing groove and it’s probably one of the heaviest tracks we’ve ever released. And the message it brings is clear – break loose from your chains of fury!. Once again we’ve been working with the much talented Andy Pilkington of Very Metal Art to visualize the song and I think he has really managed to capture the very core of the song this time as well.

MANIMAL’s loyalty to traditional heavy metal influences is evident though their latest and much acclaimed 2018 album “Purgatorio.” This was a prime example of modern and trend-setting power metal characterized by musical enthusiasm, exceptional talent and new ideas. As expected of a band that claims Judas Priest, King Diamond and Queensrÿche as major influences on their sound since Day 1, MANIMAL’s upcoming album is a high energy, in-your-face salute to the music that inspired them over the past 20 years.

The band’s evolution between the upcoming “Armageddon” and their first album, “The Darkest Room” – released in 2009 – is unquestionable. Their songwriting has become tighter, stronger and bolder and they have improved by leaps and bounds as musicians. “Armageddon” showcases their wide range of a heavy as hell sound, and one that will most likely win over the true hearts of both the old-school and every modern metal fan!

The songwriting for “Armageddon”was once again headed up by Stenroos, considered by his band-mates to be the musical mastermind behind MANIMAL. And therein lies one of the secrets to their more-than-power-metal sound, as he is inspired by a various and colorful musical palette.

But calling MANIMAL “just” a power metal band, however, is way off the mark according to vocalist Samuel Nyman. “We are more than power metal. It was our label that put Manimal into the power metal category with our first album, and we understand that completely because they had to put us in a genre to guide people. Power metal for me are bands like Helloween, Gamma Ray and Stratovarius; they have more up-tempo songs, more vocal harmonies. Sure, Manimal does have power metal elements but we’re not pure power metal. There is more to us than that and I think the new album is perfect example of that.

Says guitarist Henrik Stenroos about their new single: “This is what the heavy metal genre all boils down to. Skulls, Fire and high pitch vocals. It’s possibly the mightiest song in our 20 years long career.”

The songwriting for “Armageddon” was once again headed up by guitarist Henrik Stenroos, considered by his bandmates to be the musical mastermind behind MANIMAL. And therein lies the secret to the band’s more-than-power-metal sound. Stenroos listens to all different types of music and because of that colorful musical palette, according to Nyman, “he boils it down and gets his own ideas, trying to create something he likes himself.”

Stenroos has a solid riff-oriented approach to MANIMAL‘s music, and the material he presented to the rest of the band for “Armageddon”were actual songs rather than just mere ideas. As with their three previous records, the quartet worked together fleshing the songs into their final form. The vocals harmonies Henrik gives me are played with the guitar, says Nyman, offering up one example of their creative process for “Armageddon”, which was mixed by MANIMAL bassist Kenny Boufadene at his Studio Meltdown in Sweden. “We have been making music together for so many years now that I can almost hear by the way he’s playing how he wants me to deliver the vocals. It’s not very often that we disagree in the songwriting process.
 
”I’m really proud we’ve managed to create yet another great album together.” Henrik Stenroos adds. “And it’s been a team effort. All four of us have put so much soul and effort into everything from song writing to recording, with the result of a really heavy and all through awesome sounding album without any fillers what so ever. The fans of our previous works will not be disappointed.”

“Armageddon” Album Artwork

MANIMAL‘s evolution between “Armageddon” and their first album, “The Darkest Room” – released in 2009 – is unquestionable. Their songwriting has become tighter, stronger and bolder, and they have improved by leaps and bounds as musicians. “Armageddon” will showcase their wide range of a heavy as hell sound, and one that will most likely win over the true hearts of both the old school and every modern metal fan.
 
“Armageddon” will be available as LP, CD and Digital formats on October 8, 2021 through AFM Records, the pre-sale has just started at this location.

“Armageddon” Tracklist:

  1. Burn In Hell
    2. Armageddon
    3. Slaves Of Babylon
    4. Forged In Metal
    5. Chains Of Fury
    6. Evil Soul
    7. Path To the Unknown
    8. Master Of Pain
    9. Insanity
    10. The Inevitable End

MANIMAL is:

  • Samuel Nyman / Vocals
  • Henrik Stenroos / Guitars
  • Kenny Boufadene / Bass
  • André Holmqvist / Drums

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