8 July 2022
Who: London-based duo – Daphne Ang (Singapore) and
Andrea Papi (Italy) – that fills a gap in music by bringing
literature, art, and history together into a space where
rock and metal meet electronica.
Manimal and Samara about the new record: “Our inspiration extends beyond
musical genres and the confines of discipline.The confluence of influences in our album
extend throughout time and across cultures. In retrospect, this really captures our ethos:
Look back into the past for insight, and look into the future with foresight.
And in doing so, we created something new of our own. “The current crisis and the events of
our time have made it necessary for us to analyse, investigate, and expose the issues in urgent need of systemic change by looking inwards into the human condition. We want the album to be a beacon of hope, for making a future that prioritises people and the environment.”
Turn Up The Volume: As I said several times before, Samara and Animal are
adventurous architects in sound and vision (watch the singles’ spectacular videos
below / also the artwork for their releases is always a reflection of vivid visual inventiveness).
On this new, bone-and-mind chilling, longplayer both high-tech DIY artists keep
on challenging sonic and thematic boundaries. It’s also the first time we hear poetry fanatic Samara sing instead of reciting her poetic chimeras, as on psychoanalytic
discharge Shaman and on doom-punk sledgehammer Human Sacrifice.
She sings her mind as hypnotically and ominously as she speaks her mind,
while Animal joins her as usual with his death-metallic and draconic trash and
slash growling, as on a head-rotating rollercoaster The Chefs Song and storming
steamer Pound Of Flesh. Both overall vocal exploits make your hair on the back
of your neck stand up.
There are so many layers, so many different directions, so many pendulum movements and so many unexpected turns at play here that you need several spins to get a grip of their poetallica world fully. This record as well as their debut are voyages of discovery.
The very loud and very clear message of Trust No leaders is, unfortunately, as old as the day the bing bang fireworks in space led to the creation of the planet of humankind as we know it. An imperishable species of megalomaniac political and religious leaders and their robotic followers rule(d) throughout history and they love the smell of war in the morning.
The alarming truth is that one day – coming closer and closer – the vicious likes of Putin, Assad, Kim Jong-un, Erdogan, Trump, Orbán, and all related scum will go one nuclear step too far and another big bang will destroy humankind. Unless, we the people, get up, stand up and fight for our right to survive.
Singles (so far): Count The Dead / Nothing But Dust / The Prophet
– COUNT THE DEAD –
– NOTHING BUT DUST –
– THE PROPHET –
– THE CHEFS SONGS –
(best video of 2022, so far)
– POUND OF FLESH –
Stream full album on Spotify