Manes (band)

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Origin Norway
Genres Black metal (early)
Avant-garde metal, trip hop
Years active 1993–1999; 2002–2011, 2013–present
Labels Hammerheart Records
Aural Music
Kyrck Productions
Candlelight Records
Debemur Morti Productions

Manes is a band from Trondheim, Norway, formed in 1993. They started out as a two-piece band composed of Sargatanas and Cernunnus (or Cern). They have been signed to Candlelight Records, Hammerheart Records and the Italian experimental label Code666. The band's earlier works, up to and including Under Ein Blodraud Maane, were somewhat atypical Norwegian black metal and were highly lauded by fans of the genre. However, as of Vilosophe the band completely changed its sound to a hybrid of jazz, trip hop, electronica and metal with clean sung vocals and many progressive overtones. In spite of being highly acclaimed by critics this subsequent change of direction alienated most of their original fan base.[citation needed]

In 2004 they played at the Inferno Metal Festival.

In 2011 Manes released an official statement on their web site that they were calling it quits, although they would still release their final album, Be All End All, as well as an LP re-release of the debut Under Ein Blodraud Maane.[1] In 2013, Manes announced their return on the official Facebook page and that the album Be All End All is still going to be released.


First era: 1992-1999[edit]

Manes started by Cernunnus in 1992, as a side-project to Atrox a band he was playing in back then.. a few experimental lineups and concepts were tried out (perifa, obscuro), before manes settled as a two-man band, with Sargatanas doing the vocal duties, and Cernunnus doing everything else. The first demo: Maanens Natt (1993), the second Ned i Stillheten (1994) and the third: Til Kongens Grav de Døde Vandrer (1995). The debut album Under Ein Blodraud Maane was released by the Dutch label hammerheart records.. after that album, Cernunnus took a long break from music.[2]

Second era: 2002-2011[edit]

Manes resurfaced in 2002, with new line-up, new musical style, new appearance. The second album Vilosophe were released in 2003 by the Italian label Code666, to an unprepared audience. This abrupt change and unexpected behaviour have followed the band in everything they have done since. Manes played some gigs and festivals like Inferno Festival, Hole in the Sky, Southern Discomfort and Quart Festival, and shared a stage with bands like Isis, Katatonia, Red Harvest and Theatre of Tragedy among others .. to finalize their commitment to Aural Music (the ‘mother’ label of code666). Manes released the view ep in 2006 as an intermezzo between albums. In 2007, manes released the web ep deeprooted and the album How the world came to an end via the uk label Candlelight Records. This album further explored more of the negative spheres Vilosophe had ventured, but saw manes as a more creative collective collaborating with a diverse group of guests. During the recording-sessions for this album, the next manes album were also taking form and pre-production for the upcoming Be All End All were initiated in 2007/2008, but this took time and drained energy. The reviews for How the world came to an end were good, and the band got a lot of attention, but no concerts were played in the wake of this release.[3] The band took a time off, however 15 different manes web releases were also released in 2011, among these “overheated”, “deep north” and “roman shower”, and all of these with 4 or 5 tracks on each, and available for a limited time only.

Third: 2013-present[edit]

In spring 2013 the band resurfaced with new creative urge. The standstill for the manes activity was due to factors like health and family, and the associated Manes members devoted to other bands and projects, many of whom were collaboration between two or more of band members. In the summer of 2013 manes released a new track “Blanket of Ashes” online, and announced that the album Be All End All finally will be released following a compilation album of obscurities and rare material called Teeth, Toes and other trinkets, both via the French label debemur morti.[4] Since November 2015, the band has been recording their fifth studio record according to their Facebook page. [5]


  • Tor-Helge Skei - Guitars, Keyboards, Programming (1993-1999, 2002-2011, 2013-present)
  • Torstein Parelius - Bass (2002-2011, 2013-present)
  • Rune Hoemsnes - Drums, Percussion (2002-2006, 2013-present)
  • Eivind Fjoseide - Guitars (2002-2011, 2013-present)
  • Asgeir Hatlen - Vocals (2003-2007, 2013-present)


  • Sargatanas - Vocals (1993-1999)
  • Tommy Sebastian Halseth - Vocals (2002-2005)
  • Tor-Arne Helgesen - Drums (2006-2011)



Studio albums[edit]

Demoes and EPs[edit]

  • Maanens Natt (1993)
  • Ned i Stillheten (1994)
  • Til Kongens Grav de Døde Vandrer (1995)
  • [view] (2006)
  • Reinvention - remixes (2008)
  • Vntrve (2014)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Solve et Coagula (2009)
  • 1993-1994 (2005)
  • Svarte Skoger (2006)
  • Teeth, Toes and other trinkets (2014)


External links[edit]