Track Review

Track Review: Embrace Your Pain! // Gebrüder Manns

Drawing together elements of melodic metal, alternative rock and punk, Gebrüder Manns certainly packs a powerful punch. Originally performing as Cup C in the 1990s, the all-female group is back to empower women across the globe. While the original lineup reunited in 2016, the current lineup was only formed in 2018 when drummer Sabine Ahlbrecht was recruited. Since then, Annika Manns (guitar), Marie Nielsen (vocals), Karin Schroeder (bass) and Sabine Ahlbrecht (drums) have been breaking boundaries in the metal music scene. The latest addition to their discography is ‘Embrace Your Pain!’

Nodding to the hardcore sounds of the 1990s, ‘Embrace Your Pain!’ lies somewhere between Korn, Limp Bizkit and Rage Against The Machine. Calling the group forceful is an understatement as the power of their music is truly mind-blowing. Following on from their debut single ‘Different Voices’, Gebrüder Manns oozes energy and enthusiasm with every chord. Yet, while the dynamic guitars and pounding drums add a soul-stirring passion to the melody, it is the lyricism that showcases the depth of content.

Yes, it’s true that the pounding melody interspersed with haunting hushed vocals can consume your senses; however, the ladies explore profound concepts in ‘Embrace Your Pain!’. Reworking material created in the 1990s, the single rehashes prominent ideas of youth culture, beauty mania, virtual egos, sex, death, brutality and extremism. I find the group intriguing as the intensity of Gebrüder Manns’ sound illustrates the rawness of themes, but there is a vulnerability underlying the lyricism where you gain a sense of sentimentality from the women. Not necessarily a juxtaposition between lyrics and melody, but a more profound quality as compared to a lot of bands I hear.

Ferocious and fearless, Gebrüder Manns is not afraid to take on controversial topics and I love them for it! I can’t wait for more from this soul-stirring quartet.

In addition to the single, Gebrüder Manns released an official music video for ‘Embrace Your Pain!’. This can be viewed on their YouTube Channel. Note: the video uses strobe lighting effects and can cause seizures in people with photosensitive epilepsy. Viewer discretion is advised.

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