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Halo Manash : Par-Antra I: Vir

Halo Manash is an Ambient project and one of the finest I've come across. The band hails from Finland and is composed of two members: Anti Ittna H. (Haapapuro) - Vocals, e-bowed guitar, synthesized-bass, wind instruments (a.k.a. A. Haapapuro from Dolorian, I.Corax and Aeoga) and Iwo Hoccuc (Ari Kukkohovi) - Percussion, cymbals (I.Corax, Dolorian, Black Swan).

Here's what we can read on the band's webside:
"Halo Manash is an entity drawing its life-force from beyond all limitations. It is a means through which we communicate; a vehicle for bridging the worlds of being and non-being, for journeying to the depths and heights. It is a call – a symbol ever-present and thus not bound by limits of time and space. Halo Manash signifies both the one and the many at the same time: the abstract and the concrete, the hidden and the revealed... the ever-flowing; evolution, expansion, the cyclic yet progressive continuity."

Halo Manash is indeed an ambitious musical concept, many listenings will be necessary to only begin to define the impact of 'Par-Antra I: VIR'. It’s a challenging journey into the realms of human mind. It is an attempt, according to the member's statements, to gather all opposites together, to unify the differences and to translate in music the vast complexity of the world.

Industrial, mechanical, shamanic, esoteric, metaphysical; the rich blend of sounds created by Halo Manash defies any classification. Creaks, scratches, velvety sombre choirs, hazy echoes, swirling resonances, acid cymbals modulate blurred sound waves, thick and bright, clear and misty all together. Like a vortex turning in slow motion, the music sucks up the listener and draws him within its mysterious and cold bosom.

Composed of many layers, like an occult collage of various samples and an accumulation of signifying strata, Halo Manash try to extract the sense out of the collision of heterogeneous sounds. It pushes the limits of perception and understanding by exploring the most intangible edges of the sound space.

The moving forms intersect, mate with each other, and then disintegrate in an arranged chaos. That's a strange and fascinating trip. We get lost in search of buried visions, of a primordial memory. Sepulchral voices murmur incantations meeting ritualistic percussions that ramble along a thread tightened across cosmic opacities reunifying the beginning and the end of all things.

Halo Manash submits the reason of the listener to its sprawling power. The effects are devastating: depriving us of all tensions, the music fills us with raw energy; a marvellous positive energy. That's the kind of music that opens some hidden doors in the mind, and somehow makes you more intelligent. It is a rare artistic ambition.

Multiple, beyond any label, the committed work of Halo Manash prints an indelible mark on the musical memory of the listener and, by igniting his imagination, by including him in the artistic process, enriches his vision of the world. Warmly recommended to all those who are looking for new daring musical territories to roam.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. ast unTA AKSElin
3. joenukkuMA-A lue
4. kulKU ISKA AJAn alla
5. puhdASTRAALIvalo
6. MAgneTISOitUNut aIval
8. AURAsh
9. siE Lus tO

Duration : Approx. 63 minutes.

Visit the Halo Manash bandpage.

Reviewed on 09-12-2008 by Bertrand marchal
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