Manipulation hails from Goldap, Poland. I don't know exactly when they started this band but a first album has been released in 2012. So this seems to be the follow-up and it's a very interesting piece of work. Complete sonic madness at time but continuously interesting and well-varied. This just might become one of my favorite death metal albums this year.
What sets 'Ecstasy' apart from other albums are the surprising hooks, sometimes highly technical, sometimes just ferociously blasting out of my speakers and sometimes coming up with a dark atmosphere in instrumental pieces that remind me a bit of extreme post-metal. For the main part, of course, these songs are intense slabs of death metal but I can't think of any band that Manipulation reminds me of.
Of course, there are always influences from Cannibal Corpse, Arch Enemy, Carcass, Death and Suffocation in these tunes but Manipulation completely gave it their own twist. With flashing guitars and bulldozing drums, they have written highlights like 'Insomnia', 'Bad Boy' and 'Sunset Over Vatican', all accompanied by a deranged vocalist who spews out his frustrations in a extremely brutal fashion.
It's clear that these are talented and experienced musicians who can get anything they want out of their instruments. Effortlessly they incorporate blackened elements, post-elements and even flashes of harsh noise rock into their music. Yet, be not mistaken, this still is a ferocious beast that will tear you apart once it has you in its grip. This surely might be a death metal highlight of 2015.