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Manhattan Project “Birth of the Modern Age”

Manhattan Project - Birth of the Modern AgeFirst, I have to be blatantly honest:  I have never heard of this band before.  Sorry, I have to be blatantly honest again:  I wish I had never heard of this band.  Ever. That being said, I had to do some research about this band.    Do I need to be blatantly honest here again?…  The only webpage I could find for them was a myspace page, so naturally, I am skeptical.

Manhattan Project hails from Salt Lake City, Utah and their sound can be best described as “some sort of metal”.  I am not hip to all the subgenres of genres of metal, but I do know this:  This doesn’t fall under classical or Top 40.  This has all the makings of a metal album:  growling vocals, fast chugging guitars, and lots of double bass drum work.  Some songs show some promise of being interesting to hear, but as a whole, I am having a hard time saying that without feeling like a liar.  As a whole, the guitar is uninspired, the vocals are somewhat whiny and the only sign of some creativity is the interjection of some sound samples, but even then, those do not feel necessary.  The guitar breakdowns are ever present but feel like they came from a “pick your own adventure” type of book made for constructing metal songs.  Turn to a 4/6 beat for the verse or turn to a slow tempo breakdown on page 89 for the uninspired bridge two thirds of the way through the song.  In terms of construction, the songs are not sloppy, and appear to be produced well, but the writing is flat and formulaic.

As an album, this is a solid listen if you want more of the same and are ok with nothing but background noise, but if you are like me and enjoy to actively listen to music, you might consider picking this up in the clearance section for two dollars, and even then, that is only if you own every other album in the entire universe.  My initial concerns regarding their only webpage being a myspace.com page were confirmed.


Track Listing:

  1. Inception
  2. A Long Goodbye
  3. Amethyst
  4. Embedded In You
  5. Vile Creation
  6. Birth Of The Modern Age
  7. 9
  8. Hands Of The Architect
  9. Fraud
  10. Articles Of An Onslaught
  11. Amethyst Pt. II

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