Man The Machetes
28 January 2013
by Raziq Rauf
It’s going to be difficult for Man The Machetes to avoid the comparisons with their Norwegian compatriots, Kvelertak. This is mainly because they make the same kind of driving, metal-inspired hardcore punk ‘n’ roll. And they’ve toured together. And they’re both Norwegian. And they’re both fucking great.
It’s both a blessing and a curse that Idiokrati, their debut album, is being released as Kvelertak release their second, however. The metal masses have been introduced to this style of music now. They are already converted and they’re ready to take more on. Yeah, it’s going to be difficult to talk about Man The Machetes without talking about Kvelertak, but it’s the best reference you’re going to find. The thing is, they’re not copying their countrymen, per se – they’re simply drawing from similar inspiration at the same time.
Both bands looked outside of Norway to hone their talents. While Kvelertak looked to Kurt Ballou (Converge, Trap Them, Torche) to produce their debut, Man The Machetes went to Eric Ratz (Cancer Bats, Comeback Kid, Billy Talent) for theirs. While there are more foot-stomping folk rock and black metal influences in Kvelertak’s music, MTM take a more intense, hardcore stance with theirs and vocalist, Christopher Iversen screeches his way through the entire 30 minutes with sharp heft and fury.
Take opener, ‘Sluk Det Rått’ for instance. Iversen screams in Norwegian over a variety of bouncing party riffs, the song twisting and turning through classic rock and excellent hardcore riffs. With the brooding ‘Sjelsvrengt’ and the distinctly malevolent ‘Sudan’, there is enough variety here to make Man The Machetes a very enticing proposition indeed.
Sure, there’s been a lot of Kvelertak referencing here – it was stated at the very beginning that it would be difficult not to – but it’s the most useful tool available to help put across exactly what Man The Machetes are all about. It’s a great addition to a Kvelertak fan’s library and there’s surely more to come from this lot.
Sounds like: a harder, faster Kvelertak
Top tracks: Sluk Det Rått, Mageplask, Mjød