Samuel | Manimal | Interview

Manimal Bandphoto | Photo by Kenny Boufadene

Eigentlich sollte heute das Album „Armageddon“ von Manimal bei AFM Records erscheinen. Leider wurde das heiße Teil auf den 03.12.2021 verschoben. Aber um euch ein wenig zu trösten habe ich ein brandneues Interview mit Samuel für euch im Angebot. Ich warte ebenso sehnsüchtig wie ihr auf die Platte und bin durch die Singles komplett gehyped! Doch jetzt erstmal viel Spaß beim Lesen! 🙂

Tobi – Samuel

Hi Tobi. Samuel from Manimal here.


Hello Samuel from Manimal.  My name is Tobi.  I run a Facebook page and a webblog.  On this page I post reviews of current albums, interviews, band presentations and reports about concerts that I visit with my wheelchair.  On the one hand, to tell other wheelchair users how the venue is equipped in terms of accessibility and on the other hand, how to best proceed to get tickets, which is usually not possible with conventional ticket portals.

In the future I will also write about hygiene measures, as this is important for me as a high-risk patient and for my readers too. Of course, I also write about the bands‘ performance.  Today I have a few questions for you about your upcoming Album „Armageddon“.


First of all, I want to ask you, how are you and your Bandmates doing right now?

Except for the abstinence we’ve got from not been able to play any live shows for a long time now, we are doing fine. Since we have a new album coming out soon and a tour coming up there is a lot of positive energy in the band right now. 

Would you please tell my Followers about „Manimal“ and introduce you plus the Musicians behind the Band?

Manimal is a metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden. The band was formed in 2001 but it took until 2009 before we released our first album. We have released three albums since then and the fourth one, Armageddon, will be released later this year. The band’s current line up is me, Samuel Nyman, on vocals, Henrik Stenroos on guitar, André Holmqvist on drums and Kenny Boufadene on bass guitar. 

How happy are you that the album will be released on 8th of October and the World can hear your „new born“?

The release has unfortunately been postponed because of delays in the production of the vinyl but besides that, we are obviously very happy. We sent our record label the album master in April this year, and since then we have been waiting to reveal it to the world. We are so proud of this album. It’s really something special.

Since we musically move in a wide range of the metal genre I’d simply like to describe our music as metal. If you’d ask me to describe our sound I would shortly describe it as guitar driven, riff based melodic 80’s metal with a modern twist. 

How about your musicial influences? Which Band inspires you the most?

Judas Priest has always been a big inspiration to us, but also bands like Helloween, Queensrÿche and Rammstein, to name a few.

What can Metalheads except from your fourth Longplayer?

An orgy in heavy guitar riffs, pounding rhythms and high pitch vocals. We think we have taken our song writing one step further on this one. There’s not one single album filler, if you ask me. I might sound presumptuous saying that but that’s exactly how I feel.

Congrats for your 20th Anniversary and 20 Years of iron melting heavy metal. You are so long together in the same Line-Up. Thats absolute awesome. What is your recipe? I mean, many married people don’t make for nearly a year.

Thanks Tobi! Actually, all four of us haven’t been together since 2001. Only me and Henrik have. André and Kenny joined us in 2015. Our main recipe for sticking together is as simple as this – we enjoy each other’s company. Not only on stage but also off stage. We are simply good friends.

How about the Times you where working on „Armageddon“? And do you have a ensurance for your Mastermind Henrik?

It took me and Henrik almost two years to finish writing the songs for the album and it took us another half a year to record, mix and master it. We’ve put so much blood sweat and tears into the process and it’s really been a team effort. Everyone has contributed. An insurance for our golden boy Henrik is actually not a bad idea. He really is the backbone and the musical mastermind of Manimal.

What if i compare Henrik and you as a exact similiar ticking suisse clockwork in working on new music?

I totally agree. Me and Henrik have always been a great team when it comes to song writing. We rarely disagree about things. I guess it’s mainly because we have the same preferences regarding music. We have the same idea of what good metal music should sound like. You released four single so far – many Bands release not more as three.

Why did you decide to show one song more from „Armageddon“ and why did you chose „Burn In Hell“, „Armageddon“, „Forged In Metal“ and „The Inevitable End“?

Because of the postponing of the album release we have decided to put out yet one more single, so it will be five singles in total. Most people don’t even listen to whole albums any longer. By releasing many of the songs as singles we’re hoping they will get a little bit more attention than they would have if they were only released along with the album.
It was hard for us to pick the singles but we finally agreed on those songs you mention because we though they would appeal to the vast majority of our fans. But in the end it’s always a guessing game. You never know upfront which songs people will actually like. 

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MANIMAL – Forged In Metal – (2021) // Official Music Video // AFM Records

Could you tell my Followers in a short sentence about the four Songs from above and what is the Story behind?

The title of the song “Armageddon” says it all. We(humanity) have brought Armageddon on ourselves, and we have no one but ourselves to blame for what’s to come. And it ain’t gonna be pretty I tell you.
“Burn in Hell” is about oppression, frustration and anger. This is a song for everyone to use to vent their frustration about something, or someone they really hate.
“Forged in Metal” is a pure celebration to metal music – the music we love.
“The Inevitable End” is about mental illness and the darkness that comes with it.

„Burn in Hell“ and „Master Of Pain” are my favourite Songs so far. How about you? Got a fav?

I obviously have an emotional relation to all of the songs but if I would pick a few personal favourites it would be “Slaves of Babylon”, “Armageddon” and “Burn in Hell”. 

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The Artwork is awesome – i posted it allready on your FB Page. Did you had influences on it?

Thank you. Stan W Decker, who did the artwork for both the album and all the singles, is really an awesome artist! There is no actual story behind the artwork. The basic idea was to have our mascot/monster, “The Manimal”, rise through the ground, and we also asked Stan to put the monster in a barren land with lava, skulls and chains. We got it all, and it looked awesome. 

If you compare Manimal today in 2021 with Manimal in 2001 and 2011 – how would you describe the evolution from the Band?

I think we have evolved in many ways. As musicians, song writers and performers. In recent years we have also focused a lot on developing our visual appearance and live show.

Is there allready a Tour planned?

Yes. If Covid restrictions doesn’t stop us, we will go on tour with Rage and Bonded on November 30th. Six out of eleven show of that tour are in Germany. There are also plans for more tours in next year as well as some festival shows. Our German fans will get the opportunity to see us play at Bang your Head Festival next year, for example. 

How are your plans for the near future of „Manimal“?

Playing live as much as possible to promote the new album.

If you could choose a Festival to play with „Manimal“, which would you choose and why?

I would say Wacken. We haven’t played there before but we were invited to the festival in 2009, by our record label, to do interviews to promote our first album. It’s a huge festival and it would be really cool to play there someday.

What do you think when we will be able to go to bigger events „more carefree“ again in 2022?

It’s starting to look brighter but unfortunately I think we’ll have to live with some restrictions for a while now. Maybe it’ll loosen up in the spring of 2022, but that’s really just a wild guess.  

What was the best Album released in 2021 so far in your opinion – except yours of course?

I think Gojira’s “Fortitude was a pretty solid album.

What Band or Musician did influenced you most in your musicial life?

For me personally I’d say Judas Priest and Rob Halford. Pretty obvious, right?

Which Album was your first Metal Album and Concert bought of your own money, and why?

My first metal album was “Stay Hungry” by Twisted Sister. Such a great album. But I mainly bought it because of the epic album cover with Dee Snider sitting with a meat bone in his hand.  My first metal concert was AC/DC on their “Ballbreaker Tour”, if that counts as metal? It was me and a friend of mine who was into AC/DC and when we saw they were coming to Gothenburg we got tickets to show.

In Sweden there are so many great Bands and more are rising from the Underground. If you would name me one underground Band to write and tell my followers, which Band would it be?

That would be our good friends rehearsing next door to us. The band’s called Woe (Gothenburg) and they play a sort of boogie metal. They’re great.

Get away from the music a little. What about hobbies?

I like to create things with my hands. Working with wood is a favourite. I also enjoy creating new stage props for Manimal.

If you got one wish… World peace.

A few words to your (future) Fans out there in Germany and all the Others in the World?

Pick up our new album “Armageddon” once it’s out and give it a full spin. I’m sure there are many metal heads out there who would get Manimalized by this album.

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MANIMAL – Burn In Hell (2021) // Official Music Video // AFM Records

Thanks for the interview, Samuel from Manimal. Many greetings to all of the Band.  Something that is important to me: Stay healthy and be safe!

Thanks Tobi. On behalf of the whole band I wish you the same!


Tracks „Armageddon“:

01. „Burn In Hell“ || 4:18 Minuten
02. „Armageddon“ || 4:02 Minuten
03. „Slaves Of Babylon“ || 4:37 Minuten
04. „Forged In Metal“ || 3:43 Minuten
05. „Chains Of Fury“ || 4:07 Minuten
06. „Evil Soul“ || 4:31 Minuten
07. „Path To The Unknown“ || 4:21 Minuten
08. „Master Of Pain“ || 4:32 Minuten
09. „Insanity“ || 4:22 Minuten
10. „The Inevitable End“ || 4:32 Minuten

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Line-Up

Samuel Nyman | Vocals
Henrik Stenroos | Guitars
Kenny Boufadene | Bass
André Holmqvist | Drums

Das war mein Interview mit Samuel von Manimal. Thank you Samuel, dass du die vielen Fragen so ausführlich beantwortet hast. Viel Erfolg für euer Album und bleibt gesund! Auch meinen Lesern vielen Dank fürs Lesen des Interviews. Hört in das Album rein und supportet die Band! Bis dahin, bleibt gesund und munter, euer Tobi!

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