Debemur Morti Productions is incredibly proud to announce the signing of a true Norwegian legend : MANES.
The terms “cult”, “genius” and “visionary” are over-abused when talking about music and there are only a few Artists – real Artists – around the world who may boast to be the pure quintessence of those sacred words. MANES is undoubtedly one of these rare musical entities who have offered to the world several amazing, vital and timeless masterpieces with an incredible level of quality and creativity.
Today, the terms “cult”, “genius” and “visionary” sound like a perfect definition of what MANESrepresents in the contemporary musical landscape.
The band comments this signing :
“We’re very exited about this cooperation with Debemur Morti.
In a world where most labels only see misfortune due to things like digital innovation, a handfull of labels see the possibilities that arise. Debemur Morti seems like such a label and a perfect match for Manes, as it is our impression that they embrace both musical and visual creativity with an meticulous attention to detail. We have always stated, to the tiresome, that experimentation and exploration are central in what makes Manes tick, and Debemur Morti only seems to want to nurture this fact. We still work in a void bereft of most expectations and genre limitations, at least we like to think we do, so they might be in for a ride.
We’re full of get-up-and-go vigour, and we’re something like 700% more active than when we were not. We’ve got two releases more or less ready to be unveiled, and more info about both will come as soon as dates and cover and stuff is ready. We’ve also started to concider doing some select gigs here and there, and we’ve assembled the crew from around the Vilosophe-album to realize this venture. If everything goes according to plan, we’ll be able to announce some concerts too, in the not so distant future.
I hope noone has been holding their breath waiting for some sort of official sign of life from us, and those who have most probably are dead, but alas; here we are.”
MANES are currently preparing two different releases which should be out in the coming months. More information about these releases very soon.
manes was started by cernunnus in 1992, as a side-project to atrox (the band he was playing in back then) .. a few experimental lineups and concepts were tried out (perifa, obscuro), before manes settled as a two-man band, with sargatanas doing the vocal duties, and cernunnus doing everything else .. the first demo, “maanens natt” were released in 1993, the second one, “ned i stillheten” in 1994, and the third (and last) one, “til kongens grav de døde vandrer” in 1995.. because of various circumstances, not much happened until 1998/1999, when the debut album “under ein blodraud maane” were released by the dutch label hammerheart records.. after that album, cernunnus needed a long break from music and everything, until…
manes resurfaced in 2002, more or less as a new band.. new line-up, new musical style, new appearance.. the second album, “vilosophe” were released in 2003 by the italian label code666, to an unprepared audience.. this abrupt change and unexpected bahaviour have followed the band in everything they have done since.. manes played some gigs and festivals like inferno, hole in the sky, southern discomfort and quart, and shared a stage with bands like isis, katatonia, red harvest, theater of tragedy among others .. to finalize their commitment to aural music (the ‘mother’ label of code666), manes released the “[view]” ep in 2006 as an intermezzo between albums .. the year after, in 2007, manes released the web ep “deeprooted” and the album “how the world came to an end” via the uk label candlelight records .. this album further explored more of the negative spheres “vilosophe” had ventured, but saw manes as a more creative collective collabortaing with a diverse group of guests .. during the recording-sessions for this album, the next manes album were also taking form and pre-production for the upcoming “be all end all” were initiated in 2007/2008, but this took time and drained energy .. the reviews for “how the world came to an end” were good, and the band got a lot of attention, but no concerts were played in the wake of this release .. the band also released an “epoch#1” mini-album “solve et coagula” with kvarforth (shining) and malefic (xasthur) on vocals not long after, but manes faced a void and slowly dissolved, until ..
spring 2013 the band again resurfaced with new creative force .. the standstill for the manes activity was due to many factors like other priorities, health and family, and the associated manes members found time to devote to other bands and projects, many of whom were collaboration between two or more of the manes crew, like atrox, drontheim, lethe, kkoagulaa and chton .. 15 different manes web releases were also released in 2011, among these “overheated”, “deep north” and “roman shower”, and all of these with 4 or 5 tracks on each, and available for a limited time only .. in the summer of 2013 manes released a new track “blanket of ashes” online, and announced that the album “be all end all” finally will be released following a compilation album of obscurities and rare material called “teeth, toes and other trinkets”, both via the french label debemur morti ..
tor-helge skei – guitars, computers
eivind fjøseide – guitars
torstein parelius – bass, lyrics, visuals
rune hoemsnes – drums
asgeir hatlen – vocals
håvard jenssen – vocals
emil sporsheim – vocals
tor-arne helgesen – percussion
tommy halseth – vocals
rune folgerø – vocals
wt – vocals
spaz – vocals
emily saaen – vocals
p emerson williams – guitars, synth, vocals
trine kolmannskog – vocals
flegmatical – gameboy
stein e bratland – vocals
cornelius jakhelln – lyrics
rachmiel – processing
rune sørgård – processing
niklas kvarforth – vocals, lyrics
malefic – vocals, lyrics
‘maanens natt’, demo (tape), 1993
‘ned i stillheten’, demo (tape), 1994
’til kongens grav de døde vandrer’, demo (tape), 1995
‘maanens natt’, reissue (cd), unveiling the wicked, 1999
‘ned i stillheten’, reissue (cd), unveiling the wicked, 1999
‘under ein blodraud maane’, full-length (cd/vinyl), 1999, hammerheart
‘vilosophe’, full-length (cd), 2003, code666
‘1993-1994’, compilation (vinyl), 2005, kyrck prod
‘[view]’, ep (cd), 2006, aural music
’til kongens grav de døde vandrer’, reissue (vinyl), 2006, faceless nameless ahapeless
‘svarte skoger’, compilation (cd/vinyl), 2006/2013, kyrck prod
‘deeprooted’, single (digital), 2007, candlelight
‘how the world came to an end’, full-length (cd), 2007, candlelight
‘reinvention’, ep (digital), 2008
‘solve et coagula’, mini-album (cd), 2009, kyrck prod
‘manes/manes’, split (vinyl), 2009, kyrck prod
‘vilosophe’, reissue (vinyl), 2010, kneel before the masters throne
‘under ein blodraud maane’, reissue (vinyl), 2011, ordo mcm
‘#418’ – ‘#403’, multiple ltd web releases (digital), 2011