The Darkest Room
Style: Melodic Metal
Release date: June 22nd 2009

I just love it when this happens to me. I review a disc I have no idea what it is going to be like and I get absolutely pounded into the ground by quality, top shelve Heavy Metal, it makes my metal heart extremely proud to keep seeing such quality music being released time & time again and “The Darkest Room”  is no exception to that. The debut album from these Swedish brothers has been out independently since February 22nd in Sweden and reached as high as #36 on the charts which is quite outstanding for a debut album. But one listen and you will find out why, top notch production and flawless musicianship. Now don’t forget this an indie release. Very impressed.

Every time I listen to “The Darkest Room” I find myself turning up the volume just that little bit more hehehe. Musically Manimal play some well crafted power/melodic metal. Some heavy as lead riffs and brilliant solo’s. But the standout for me is vocalist Samuel Nyman, think (“Midnight from Crimson Glory or old school Geoff Tate”) the high pitch screams are the best I have heard in years along with his harmonies is just brilliant. To say that “Manimal” sounds like anybody would be wrong, but similarities that come to mind would be Mystic Prophecy, Crimson Glory, Queensr˙che & Balance of Power. There really is no stand out tracks on “The Darkest Room” because they will all kick your ass to hell and back.

Manimal have just signed a deal with AFM Records for a worldwide release (Europe June 22 and U.S. August 25) of this metal gem. So look for it soon and be sure to buy it.

Bottom Line: Very good quality power/melodic metal with excellent high pitched vocals. Definite purchase.


01. Shadows
02. The Darkest Room
03. Living Dead
04. I Am
05. Ordinary Man
06. Human Nature
07. Spinegrinder
08. Dreamers and Fools
09. The Life We Lived

Label: AFM Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Tye Brown
Date: June 2nd 2009