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"Who Manifest" EP REVIEWS 2009

Discussion in 'These Are They' started by STEVE NICHOLSON, May 4, 2009.

  1. NvmbrsDoom5

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    Take it from me, the upcoming full length will be much more satisfying overall than the EP. Which isn't to say the EP is bad or anything like that....just basically agreeing on all the points that Paul and co. have already had to say about it.

    TaT sounds like Amon Amarth and Moonspell, eh? Good lord man, LOL.
     
  2. STEVE NICHOLSON

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    METALUNDERGROUND REVIEW by badtothebone2
    These Are They is a side-project of Novembers Doom vocalist Paul Kuhr, featuring drummer Sasha Horn, former Novembers Doom guitarist Stephen Nicholson, and bassist Wiley Wells of Earthen fame. Unlike his main band, These Are They is more in the vein of early 90s death metal, with the occasional clean vocals and slower guitar work bringing a doom-ish atmosphere to the proceedings. While the band is releasing a full-length LP this fall, they recently put out a three song EP, “Who Manifest,” giving a small taste of what it to come in the near future.

    The three tracks are lengthy, each clocking in around the six-minute mark. They aren’t as clear-cut as most death metal tends to be, trailing off from the dark and heavy into moments of clarity and self-reflection. The length of the songs both benefits and hinders “Who Manifest.” While giving songs room to breathe and stretch creatively, it also tones down the intensity brought about during the more aggressive sections. “The Indweller” has a mid-paced, Obituary-style groove to it that floors the listener, but then the clean vocals come in and ruin the whole vibe. The execution isn’t the issue, but the placement in the context of the rest of the song. The use of clean vocals is something that These Are They would be best to lessen in the near future.

    There are also long melodic breaks in each song that seem unnecessary. There are great riffs scattered throughout “Who Manifest,” but the songs could have been cut by a minute or two and still retain the sonic impact the band seemed to be going for. The only number that isn’t hindered by this is closer “Birthright Of The Saturnine.” A solemn ending, slow and lumbering, the track only picks up momentum half-way through for a brief instant, but mainly stays in a doom region. While sounding like a B-side from “Amid Its Hallowed Mirth,” the last track turns out to be the strongest one on “Who Manifest.”

    “Who Manifest” displays a lot of potential from These Are They that hopefully will be fully realized on their forth-coming debut album. The instrumental work is great, especially from Nicholson, who adds in several tasteful leads to his barrage of solid riffs. The band excels at the speedier material, where the obvious influence of early death metal is evident. It’s not that the doom-ish sound is a negative quality to their sound; however, other than the fantastic closer, it largely seems unnecessary in the grand scheme of things. A short, quick burst of energy is what would make their first LP a sight to behold. “Who Manifest” is a delicious appetizer that gives hope for a grand feast of an entrée later this year.

    http://www.metalunderground.com/reviews/details.cfm?releaseid=2021
     
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    I think we came to those conclusions when we finished the EP, and I believe the full length is exactly what he's hoping it will be.
     
  4. STEVE NICHOLSON

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    These Are They
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    At three songs and under 21 minutes, Who Manifest is just a taster, a mouth watering snippet and, hopefully, a sign of more good things to come. Novembers Doom is the closest reference point for These Are They - not so much because of current similarities (beyond Paul Kuhr's easily recognizable growl) but because of history. These Are They bring together two parts early Novembers Doom (Kuhr and Steve Nicholson) with members of Disinter and Earthen in an old school death/doom rumble, channelling some classic harsh and gloomy sounds. Amped up with some gnashing riffs, a little heavy blues, and some stripped down soloing, Who Manifest is solid and raw, abandoning melancholy for sheer ominous mass. (The End Records, www.theendrecords.com)
    Laura Wiebe Taylor

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