Wednesday, 25 July 2012


Song Title: Tears In A Burning Eye

Something a little different today,as this post concerns a single song rather than a demo or formal album release. However, given the dearth of Manwe material over the past few years Nazgul has bitten the bullet and decided to get this apparently long-dormant project back into the glare of the (fiery) public eye.

The potted history to date is as follows: the original Manwe project (formed of Hugin along with Padre Adamo) release their first and only demo "First Battle" through the Ukrainian label De Profundis in 2005, in both tape and (rarer) CDr pressing.  You can find the original review on Honour and Darkness on 15 February 2009. Following this release an all encompassing silence followed, and then a few years later this original line-up went off in separate directions. Fast forward to circa 2011 and Manwe is given the kiss of life as Hugin reanimates the project with a new member on board - Rich Davenport, ex-See Red and Atomkraft.

The rumour mill suggests that this new incarnation of Manwe have been busily recording material, and indeed on the band's MySpace page a new song called 'Tears in a Burning Eye' had been streamed for quite a while now at and was intended to be a contribution to the compilation CD/DVD "The First Ring Volume Two" due sometime in 2012 on the Nocturnal Production label (for a review of "Volume One" see Honour and Darkness for 9 October 2009. A recent visit to the MySpace site actually shows that 'Tears In A Burning Eye' is no longer actually streaming, making this post a little untimely (oops!), but other goodies await you should you visit!"

So let's take a walk across the drawbridge of Castle Nazgul, down through the bone-strewn marches beyond the Castle walls, taking a listen to 'Tears...' on the iPod as we stroll.  First impressions are good - from the outset, the immediate thing to strike you is that there is proper singing on this release, both melodic and tuneful! This clearly is the influence of string-bender Davenport, who - as it turns out - can sing as well as play.  That gives the material a wholly different dimension from the guttural vocals of Padre Adamo.  The next striking thing is the relative commercialism of the music - not in a 'sell your soul to the devil for five minutes of fame' sort of way, but just in the sense of there being a clearer sense of melody in the music from the previous iteration of the band.  Doubtless the influence of that man Davenport again, who in a recent online interview with The Metal Review cited his influences as the NWOBHM (look it up if you don't know!) and bands such as Thin Lizzy and Wishbone Ash.

You're left with a hummable song with a memorable chorus which - with all due respect to other projects within the Hugin canon - hasn't always been the end result when a song finishes. This bodes rather well for the Mawne project as a whole you would have to feel, and it will be interesting to see how things develop as the year progresses.

Speaking of which, the superpowers of Wieser/Davenport should be coming together in Autumn this year when Hugin invades the UK once again as part of an extended reign of terror, and your old Uncle Nazgul will try to get the inside scoop on what's going on in the Manwe camp and when you might be able to thrust money their way to purchase an album!  

Part of the reason for Hugin's visit is to witness the first UK gigs of Rich Davenport and W.A.R Productions artist Joe Matera, which should be something very special indeed.  Why not try to get yourself along to join in the fun and meet your heroes...

In the meanwhile, check out Manwe's pages to sample other aural delights for yourself.

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