Review: Manafest – Live In Concert | Christian Music Zine


BEC Recordings

Released June 7 2011

Reviewed By Tyler Hess

Trepidation.  I only needed one word, but four syllables to describe my feeling going into watching the first live DVD released by Manafest, appropriately titled Live In Concert.  The reason being is the fear of the unknown.  Not that I’m unfamiliar with Manafest, but that I wasn’t sure which Manafest I was going to get these days.  The reason being that I’ve seen Manafest live, but a very different side of him.  I saw him a few years ago when he was KJ-52 style raps, but I’ve also heard his latest album where he sounded a lot more like early Thousand Foot Krutch.  I was afraid because I wasn’t sure what I was going to get.  Now I realize I should have known all along what I was going to get.

Playing before a raucous crowd, Manafest did exactly what I should have suspected, which is play fan favorites from his longer than you would imagine career, with a heavy focus on songs from his latest album, The Chase.  That means that for the most part he has left the weaker rapping career for the rap rock that early Pillar fans might appreciate.

Now Manafest isn’t the biggest name in the business, so this isn’t a huge arena that we’re talking about, but rather a Canadian club that is a bit more appropriate, playing with a small scale light show and personal atmosphere.  This allowed for a more frenzied crowd that fed off the energy and bounced and clapped along as one should expect.

How was the performance?  Well, simply put, the better songs were better, which mostly meant that the newer the song the better the crowd related to what was going on.  We’ve caught Manafest at a time when his career is evolving and improving, though possibly with a sound that was more popular a decade ago or so.

The bonus features start off with a really awkward interview with a Japanese radio station, where the interviewer talks to Manafest in English and then translates everything into Japanese for the listeners, which had to be hard to sit through for everyone.  After that we get to see music videos for Impossible (featuring Trevor McNevan), Avalanche and No Plan B.

Overall this is something that you’re probably only going to get if you’re a fan of Manafest and love his career, especially if you like the career shift that occurred with The Chase.  The filming is pretty simple and the music comes through well, but the production isn’t overwhelming to the point where you’re going to like it unless you’re already a fan.

Score: 3

Tracklisting:

  1. Avalanche
  2. 4-3-2-1
  3. Top Of The World
  4. No Plan B
  5. Bounce
  6. Impossible
  7. Bring The Ruckus
  8. Fear
  9. Every Time You Run
  10. Renegade
  11. Fire In The Kitchen
  12. The Chase
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