Reviewed: November 1999
Released: 1999, Independent
Reviewer: Nathan Robinson
Well if you read my review of ManmadeGod’s first demo, you know that these former Forbidden guys aren’t that impressive. Well neither is demo #2. The band has lost guitarist Ahrue Luster to Machine Head, and has remained a four-piece. So that takes them from being 60% Forbidden to 75%. But it makes no difference, this is NOT thrash metal! The first demo was very disappointing to me, a big Forbidden fan. But I did like it. But this second demo takes a wrong turn somehow. First of all, the production is just crap. I don’t really mind rough production. In fact, sometimes it even sounds better, because I just prefer more natural and spontaneous production. But the problem here is that their first demo sounded excellent enough to be an actual first release. It was a bad move to slack on the production because these guys are still in their embryonic stage, where they’re trying to make waves in the musical scene. They need to take steps forward, otherwise they’ll hurt themselves. The guitars are way too buried. It’s just too hard to hear exactly what’s going on in that de-tuned heaviness department. The drums sound great, because they sound natural. But only the cymbals come across clear…the snare, kick, and toms are just a little too muddy. And the vocals are too high in the mix.
It seems as though they’re trying to create music that’s more atmospheric than their first demo. While I don’t necessarily think that’s a bad idea, I think they’re approaching it in the wrong manner. Songs are a little too slow and are just not catchy. At least the material on the first demo was memorable. And this second demo lacks heaviness in comparison to the first. One thing they have in their favor is vocalist Mike Green. He has a great voice and knows how to use it to obtain good results. Although his soft vocals parts need some work, and I could do without the oh’s, ah’s, yeah’s, etc. Sing words or don’t sing at all! The layout of this demo CD is nothing fancy. But it is cool to have lyrics included. And plus it’s a CD as opposed to a damn cassette.
The first demo was definitely better in three catagories: songwriting, production, and presentation. If these guys bust their ass I think something good will become of them. They no doubt have the talent to create something special. For this reason I will continue to follow them. If you would like to do the same, visit their web site for information on how to obtain the latest demo: www.manmadegod.com
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